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

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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. 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. I would have liked a bit more about Boogie and his misadventures, but all in all, it was a good read.

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. 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. 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.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. A gentle meander around the south west peninsular with one man and his dog during the period of time when the rest of England was getting all agitated about a few wind swept sheep farms in the South Atlantic. An account likely to be more emotive if that is what you seek, but which I haven’t yet read, is ‘The Salt Path’, about a couple made homeless and with the husband suffering from cancer, who choose to walk it to try and get the most out of life. 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). 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 path goes along Devon and Cornwall's rugged north coasts and their less rugged south coasts as well as Dorset’s chalk cliffs. 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.Three Points of the Compass is not a particularly doggy type chap, nor is this book particularly well written. A light and amusing read, describing the walk of Mark and his borrowed dog Boogie around the South West Coast Path from Minehead to Poole Harbour.

Mile Walkies, Mark Wallington, First published by Hutchinson 1986, my edition published by Arrow 1987. This is a heroic study of survival against the odds, as together they take a 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.For those wanting both a stove and light that will operate off a small gas canister, Coleman once produced what was probably the lightest lantern option. The first story is a light-hearted travel tale of the author's walk round the Devon/Cornwall coastline, with an introduction to the inimitable Boogie, both right up my street.

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