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I love waling and take my four dogs everywhere I go. I love walking long distance paths and so this book, and the rest written by this author, really hit a chord with me. They are really well written and a nice easy read. I like a book that I got zoom through and this is definitely one of them.
The Author has a very good talent of being able to explain his surroundings and feelings to make you feel like you are there with him.
This is not a guide book for the SW coastal path but if you have done the walk or are looking forward to doing the walk it is a great accompaniment to the walk and will bring back some very happy memories of the walk you have done yourself.
At the focal point of the books is the authors dog Boogie who would rater curl up by the warm fire than get soaking wet along these long distnace paths. But you can tell when they are outthere they love it!
It is so similar to my dogs and the author has a real connection to his dog to be able to write with such raw honesty and feelings and emotions towards his dog and his ove for walking.
I am an avid reader and read lots of books all of different genre. I could read this again and again and woud really recommend it to anyone who like walking and dogs!
If however you are not a dog lover or a walker then this will really bore you!
Th easy flow of words means it is an easy read which is a compliment to the author. I am hoping that more books on different paths are to follow!!!
Anyone who has read any of my book reviews on dooyoo could be forgiven for thinking that I'm a warped,twisted individual who only reads about crime and it's gruesome consequences.So, in an effort to promote myself as a thoroughly nice person, here is a review about a book with no blood, gore or deviants to be seen. As an added bonus, it's actually funny. Very funny. What does a young man do when he is trying to impress a girl at a party? Well, if you're Mark Wallington, you loudly announce your intention to walk the South West Coast Path and then find that you can't back out and have to go through with it for real. This book is the tale of an epic walk around the South West by one man, alone except for a streetwise, London born and bred dog who believes that 'walkies' should be taken by bus. It is a voyage of discovery for both man and beast - that is Mark discovers how to cope with a flatulent dog in a small tent, which towns en route sell the best Cornish pasties and how difficult it is to watch the F.A. cup final when you're a long distance walker. Boogie the dog meanwhile gradually becomes accustomed to the joys of the countryside from a dogs point of view. (rolling in muck of any description, chasing wildlife and seducing tourists for the contents of their picnic hampers). I have to admit a vested interest here as I actually live in the South West, so many of the areas described in the book are familiar places. However, this also enables me to see how accurate Mark Wallington's descriptions are and to whet my appetite to visit those places which aren't familiar. This book allows you to appreciate Cornwall from the comfort of your own arm chair, without having to actually get up and walk anywhere yourself. The author also has uncanny observational powers regarding people - he can pick out a quirk or eccentricity at 100 paces and exploit it in a way that is funny without being cruel. D
oes he eventually win the girl of his dreams? I can't reveal that - but I will reveal that he and Boogie come back from their walk having changed from couch potatoes to enthusiastic adventurers, despite which prompted two sequels. This is the ideal book for reading on cold, dark winter nights. It is funny and light hearted, yet, at the same time, strangely uplifting. Why not read it yourself this Winter and maybe by Spring you'll be tempted to emulate Mr Wallington. ' 500 Mile Walkies' , Mark Wallington.
Taking his dog, Boogie, Wallington sets off on a long-distance walk and commentary on English life and culture along the South West coastal path.