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Five Hundred Mile Walkies: One Man and a Dog Versus the South-west Peninsular Path

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Mile Walkies' tells of how the author decided to walk from Minehead to Poole, following the coast line through Devon, Cornwell and Dorset. What 500 Mile Walkies is, is a diverting, humorous, affectionate and self-deprecating account of Mark’s walk with possibly the worst, and best, canine companion it is possible to borrow from a friend relieved to be shot of his pet for a few weeks. Three Points of the Compass is not a particularly doggy type chap, nor is this book particularly well written. Gear talk: Pad-Pal, the world’s smallest and lightest electric pad inflator is getting smaller and lighter! Two books in one, I enjoyed the walk around the South West Coastpath more than the rowing up the Thames river.

I've walked many different stretches of the Path over the years and it was a pleasure to read about the areas I knew, as well as the sections that were new to me, such as the parts in Dorset. It reads as a bit 'dated' but then that's also interesting, as it reminds me of how life was in England in the 70's (80's?It is the account of an (at first) inept young man walking the Southwest coastal path along with a singularly unattractive dog. One was a new purchase while another has rarely been outside any gear list I have compiled over the past decade.

Three Points of the Compass sets out on a winter wander from London to Birmingham along the Grand Union Canal. This book was fab because of the humour and for Mark's honesty about the people he met along the way and the things he encountered. First they had to survive against all odds as they embarked on a heroic journey up hill and down dale, with rucksacks full of Kennomeat, along Britain's longest coastal footpath - from Somerset to Devon, from Cornwall to Dorset. I read it on recommendation because I was - am - thinking of walking the same coastal foot path, although not with with a dog and not in one go like Mr Wallington. As 2023 comes to an end, Three Points of the Compass takes a glance at a handful of items of gear that accompanied me on trail.Again, from having no idea how to skull an ancient skiff, he soon settles into the routine of raising with the dawn (or some time in the morning), skulling gently for a few miles and whiling away his time chatting to lock-keepers and studying the wildlife. The humorous travel book we've been waiting for' DAILY MAIL) In BOOGIE UP THE RIVER, man and dog take to the water to trace the source of the Thames in a siff of the same vintage as Three Men in a Boat. By using the Web site, you confirm that you have read, understood, and agreed to be bound by the Terms and Conditions. Boogie up the River' is about travelling the length of the Thames, from London up-river to its source. Mark Wallingtons travels with boogie are books that are very good to go back to after a read that has taken a lot of concentration and investment.

A well written and humorous book about one man’s travels with an urban dog along the SW Coast Path, mostly living on Heinz soup and Kennomeat! I would recommend this book to anyone that needs to escape to abit of comedy and simplicity and i can promise it wont fail to put a smile on your face. Years ago I would have awarded it 5 stars but it is now at times shockingly dated and Mark comes across as a very careless dog owner, as perhaps people were in 1986. As soon as I read the open description about Minehead I had confidence that Mr Wallington was going to capture the spirit of South West England, and he didn't disappoint. Boogie - flatulent, streetwise yet still lovable; Mark Wallington -the natural successor to Jerome K Jerome.I laughed out loud, perhaps because I've walked a long distance trail, or perhaps because I walk with a dog, or perhaps, this fella just has a humorous way of seeing things. In the second book, I found Jennifer annoying and cruel - I hope that it is true just so she can read it and see what a bitch she comes across as.

Having visited Cornwall last year, I looked forward to this revisit, but I'm afraid I tired off it gradually. A thoroughly enjoyable read that has cemented my desire to trek one of the long distance paths here, in more than one day increments. Not exactly as Mark had planned, however: this time his companion was to be the delectable Jennifer - but she was held up at the office, and when Boogie was dropped off at the kennels the other dogs complained. The path goes along Devon and Cornwall's rugged north coasts and their less rugged south coasts as well as Dorset’s chalk cliffs. It is now measured at 630 miles, though on this latest re-read, having now started to walk the Path myself, I notice much more how many buses, cars and other short-cuts he takes.Read more about the condition Very Good: A book that has been read and does not look new, but is in excellent condition.

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