Back in the days of the Falklands War Mark Wallington apparently borrowed an assortment of hiking gear and a dog and set off, much to the indifference of pretty much everyone, to walk around the southwest coast of Britain. The fact that this is hardly uncharted territory only helps to make "500 Mile Walkies" (the first part of this compilation) utterly delightful. Two creatures, entirely unsuited to the wild, are thrown together in an outdoor experience, and every page is a gem. Well, almost, as things do fade a bit in the closing quarter, but Wallington realises this and pulls it all together at the end. Boogie is a splendid comic creation, although I have serious doubts as to how much the dog in the book resembled the real animal. Indeed, it's the contrived nature of many of the jokes and situations which causes the only real problems with these books, and sadly the second part, "Boogie Up The River," suffers especially badly. Is this travel writing or a comedy sketch? Wallington seems unsure at times, making "River" a considerably weaker book than "Walkies." Running gags do have their limits. Despite this, and partly because the compilation is worth the price for "Walkies" alone, I can happily slap five stars on this book and urge you to buy it. Charming, witty, absurd and rather endearing, it overcomes its limitations and provides enough amusement to make you forgive it pretty much anything. In an age of over-engineered clothing and tents more suitable for Everest than Minehead "Travels With Boogie" will leave you eager to scrounge together a few basics and get out there, enjoying the experience rather than revelling in the gear.