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

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

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

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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. I liked the part when Mark said by the end of it, all Boogie had was a headache and identity crisis! Three Points of the Compass is not a particularly doggy type chap, nor is this book particularly well written. This is a nice restful, mildly amusing story of a man and a dog trekking along the coasts of Devon and Cornwall. It is singularly unpleasant to be around (its owners break up and fight over who doesn't get to keep it), largely due to the fact that Boogie's one great talent in life is a hideous, nuclear-level flatulence and Wallington has to share a tent with it.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. At first glance 500 Mile Walkies may seem a little ephemeral and lacking in observational muscle, however the author had a perceptive eye for what mattered most and makes light of what must have, at times, been a demanding walk. I have walked sections of the coast path myself and can vouch that it is spectacular with constantly changing seascapes and countryside, and challenging if you do more than a few miles of it. 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. If choosing an alcohol brew kit for day walks, Three Points of the Compass is usually carrying a Toaks burner.

Finance is provided by PayPal Credit (a trading name of PayPal UK Ltd, Whittaker House, Whittaker Avenue, Richmond-Upon-Thames, Surrey, United Kingdom, TW9 1EH). Travels with Boogie is a witty and fascinating account of a mismatched couple and of the people they meet and places they visit. In the second story, the author and Boogie take a rowing boat along the Thames, from London to its source in the wilds of Wilts/Glos - also an enjoyable light read only slightly marred by the introduction of a repellent love interest! It gets a bit boring to hear yet again how awful Boogie is but there is also something charming about the inner journey the author travels.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. He's supposed to be accompnnied by Jennifer, his on-off girlfriend, but when she fails to turn up, he takes his dog, Boogie - well, more that he can't find anywhere to have him for the duration.

I have found it an amusing read thanks to mark’s way of telling his adventure from Cornwall up to the Thames . 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! Along comes Boogie, his mate's dog, who is used to London, is 100% Mongrol and prefers concrete to grass. It is no ‘how to’ guide and you will gain little, if any, insight into what is now part of the South West Coast Path. Really interesting to read about the villages and coastline on your 500 Mile walk, I would watch it if it was a film or even a series.

This wouldn't make much of a traveller's guide but, what he does do and say is easy-going, well phrased and gently amusing. Boogie - flatulent, streetwise yet still lovable; Mark Wallington -the natural successor to Jerome K Jerome. Raynor Winn mentions it in The Salt Path as being a book she’d read years before starting out on her own walk along the path. Although no great heights are reached, there is constant downhill and uphill along steep clifftop paths which frequently descend down to sea level. 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.



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