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When I Walk, I Bounce: Walking from Land's End to John O'Groats Paperback – 1 Feb 2007

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Product details

  • Paperback: 236 pages
  • Publisher: Exposure Publishing (1 Feb. 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1846855551
  • ISBN-13: 978-1846855559
  • Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.4 x 22.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
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After enjoying reading this book,doing the 2nd half of Offas Dyke path seems a doddle now.But that's next year,April/May 2017
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another really dull walking book.
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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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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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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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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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