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When I Walk, I Bounce: Walking from Land's End to John O'Groats [Paperback]

Mark Moxon
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1 Feb 2007
Convinced that walking from Land's End to John o'Groats will be a pleasant way to spend the summer, Mark Moxon soon discovers that there's a lot more to crossing Britain than simply putting one foot in front of the other. In this entertaining and frequently hilarious book, Mark takes us on a journey not only of 1111 miles, but of the highs and lows of long-distance walking. 'I read the entire journey cover to cover in a couple of days. Totally fascinating, very amusing.' - Howard J 'I highly recommend that people read it from start to finish. It is a great tale!' - Peter K 'Thank you for being so enthusiastic about travelling and revealing your passion in such a constructive way!' - Jenny S 'A certain cure for a jaded outlook.' - Marilyn S 'You can't put it down.' - Frank W 'A great job!' - Kevin P

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  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Exposure Publishing (1 Feb 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846855551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846855559
  • Product Dimensions: 22.9 x 15 x 1.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (39 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 718,139 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great book on a great hike! 16 Feb 2007
By J. May
In this classic work, Mark Moxon describes a classic walk in the hiking world - that from the southwestern tip of mainland England (Land's End)to the northeastern tip of mainland Scotland (John O'Groats), a distance of over 1100 miles through some of Britain's finest scenery. His book about his almost-90-day marathon is full of information that hikers will need to replicate this achievement - and also full of entertainment for non-hikers and hikers alike. Mark does not just walk - he relates to the task and his surroundings in a fresh and humorous way. Even his blisters and the duct-tape that eventually holds his boots together become entertainment as he shares with us what a hike like this really takes. The book is clearly organized, has many fine pictures and maps, and even has a companion website [...]. The website provides an opportunity through its "guestbook" to discuss the walk and related topics with Mark and other readers, and is a live and responsive venue for long-distance hikers and hiker-wannabees to gain extra advice, and share their own experiences. It also provides links to Mark's Google Earth map of the Land's End to John O'Groats route as seen from on-high. This book will make a fine reference work for this and other hikes, as well as a great gift for readers who enjoy reading about long-distance outdoor challenges from an armchair by the fire. It will also make a fitting and wholesome class text that will inspire many future adventurers.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just brilliant 28 Aug 2007
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Mark's book is absolutely superb. He explores his surroundings with a wry, witty eye, and is quite happy to share the lows with us as well as the highs. It's an incredibly honest and personal account of Britain's toughest walk; despite that, the joys flow as well, and there's at least a laugh a page - whether in sympathy or happiness.

Books like this tend to err too much on the side of entertainment, the resultant writing often feeling forced. Mark is no pub bore relating his tales while trying to extract the maximum laughs from each dull passage; his is a journal in which you can taste each pint, feel every blister and savour every spiritual moment with him.

I would recommend this book not just to long-distance walkers and masochists but also to anyone who has ever felt the need to just do something utterly different on a whim. Mark doesn't need to be travelling with a fridge or for a bet; this is an intense and immense journey, and he records every moment with a turn of phrase beyond many, more established, writers.

Just buy it. It's superb.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bound to be a classic in the hiking world 17 Feb 2007
Among the world's greatest long-distance hikes is the Land's End to John o'Groats one that traverses about 1000 miles of Britain's greatest scenery from the southwestern tip of mainland England to the northeastern tip of mainland Scotland. In this book, which is bound to be a classic, Mark Moxon describes the three months he spent on this arduous trail - which involves a whole lot more than the hike itself. Mr. Moxon shares with us not just the route (as others have) but also the mental and physical anguish that go with it. He does this with unrelenting equanimity and frequent flashes of humor - as for example when searching for launderette facilities in Fort William, or duct-taping to hold his boots together, or meeting strange locals in the myriad local pubs he stops at. This book is therefore not just a primer on this hike, but an entertaining travelogue for hikers and non-hikers alike. With photos, maps and route statistics, it's an effortless read that enabled me to take this hike vicariously . . . and then make my plans to do it for real.

A delightful side-product is also Mr. Moxon's website (find it on Google by searching for "moxon" and "landsend") which provides additional material, such as a Google Earth 3-d view of his entire route from on-high. The website also has a guestbook where a lively discourse has started among hikers and potential hikers, moderated by Moxon, who shares willingly and is generous with his encouragement. This augments the book's usefulness in a rather unique way, and of course it's free.

As well as hikers and those who plan to hike, the enthusiastic readership of this book will include those who are drawn to outdoor adventure sagas, and I'm hoping that teachers will embrace it as a wholesome class text that will teach reading, geography - and encourage outdoor adventure in generations to come. It's value-priced, and will make a great gift of almost universal appeal - but read it first for your own enjoyment!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring Stuff 9 Jan 2008
Last night from the comfort of my bed, I breathed a huge sigh of relief on finishing Mark Moxon's 'When I Walk I Bounce'. Not because I didn't enjoy the book - I actually enjoyed it very much - but because I felt I'd done the walk with him. I felt a genuine sense of relief and I was really pleased for him and his achievement. This is the beauty of Moxon's cracking little book. Not only do you learn a lot about this island of ours, you also get sucked in by the artless way he narrates a very personal journey. Sure, you get sick of his endless whingeing about blisters, but he's so unpretentious; he doesn't hide his moods from you, and you really start to get a sense of the personal struggles, the huge physical and mental ups and downs that a walk like this entails.

It all seems bloody hard work at times but he talks about it in such an unpretentious way you actually start thinking, 'Mmm, maybe I could do this walk myself'. So, increasingly you're being drawn in: either by entertaining dreams of doing the walk yourself (as Mark points out, once you've done it, you'll never look at the weather map on TV in the same way again); or you're drawn in just by sheer empathising with the author. It's actually rather inspiring. Whether you end up attempting the walk yourself or not, you do feel like you're walking with him anyway every step of the way, which is ironic because he was alone for so much of it and you get the sense that he was often pining for company, especially on moorland. (God, he hates moors. He's more of a riverman.) I found it poignant the way he'd perk up whenever bumping into friendly fellow walkers like Barry or become deflated when faced with people who just ignored him. If only he'd known I was actually with him all the way!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A roller coaster read...
Nicely written, Mark obviously knows how to use language to advantage. His sense of humour peppers the book, even the bits where he falls into blister-induced depression! Read more
Published 25 days ago by christine swanson
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
another really dull walking book.
Published 1 month ago by Andrew R Palmer
5.0 out of 5 stars None
can't believe there are so many miserable gits out there reviewing books like this when they have no idea what a long distance walk involves. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gary Schooling
3.0 out of 5 stars Blistering Good Fun
Being a lover of long-distance walking and harbouring a desire to someday walk that famous route from John 'o Groats to Land's End, I approached this book with a sense of... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Paul Eccles
3.0 out of 5 stars I assume he got to John O'Groats but I left in the midland area.
I have done the LE JOG on a bike and like reading travelogues of this type to compare notes. I like to hear about the blood sweat and tears, and this, apart from some blisters,... Read more
Published 5 months ago by The Judge
5.0 out of 5 stars Funny, challenging, honest and above all entertaining.
Funny, challenging, honest and above all entertaining. Couldn't put it down.
I read it out of order, ie the sections I know already, and those I am considering, then those I... Read more
Published 6 months ago by B. R. Hill
1.0 out of 5 stars If you love walking, don't buy!
What a moaner! Don't know why he bothered to do the walk, i have done several long distance walks and every day is different. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars When I walk I bounce.
Another determined walker, enjoyed it very much. He is a bit of a moaner but good on him he did finished it, I wouldn't have with such sore feet. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Panda
5.0 out of 5 stars Interesting
It's not really a gripping read but it's not supposed to be. I really enjoyed reading this. It's a day to day account of his journey from land's end to John'o'greats on foot. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
A great adventure, brought to life. Hasn't encouraged me to do it myself but can certainly see the attraction. Where's next??
Published 12 months ago by JK Wilson
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