Take your mind off the General Election guided walk

Take your mind off the General Election on a guided walk with Hattie Miles … the aim is for a bit of fun to distract us from the election shenanigans. What better place to be than beautiful Boscombe with its clifftop pathways and stunning beaches. As its December the walk route will be a bit weather dependant, but I hope we can get down to Boscombe Pier to hear some quirky stories about this historic landmark.

Friday morning 6th December … 11am start

Monday morning 9th December … 11am start

Meet outside The Shelley Theatre café in Beechwood Avenue, Boscombe, BH5 1LX, ready for an 11am start.  (The café is open from 10.30am – 3.30pm and serves good coffee, yummy cakes and light lunches).

Price: £6 (over sixties and students £5) … no need to book, just turn up

A sunny day at beautiful Boscombe beach … photograph by Jeremy Miles

Be prepared: this walk includes some slopes and steps. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather and you may want to bring a cane or stick. There is plenty of on-road parking in the area. Please do not use the car park at the Shelley as, in the daytime, it is for use of the medical centre there. Various buses take you to stops on Christchurch Road, a ten minute stroll away from the Shelley Theatre along Crabton Close Road or Chessel Avenue. The café is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm and serves light refreshments, good coffee and yummy cakes. You are welcome bring your dogs on the walk (the café is dog friendly). The guided walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hatte Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (groupbookings on alternative days can be arranged).

The Language of Colour guided walk

Join Hattie Miles for a guided walk to celebrate Autumn – enjoy the colours of the season as we walk through Bournemouth’s beautiful Gardens. Find out about the town’s incredible tree collection, hear a few appropriate readings and discover how the English language has embraced descriptions of our country’s multitude of hues. You’ll also find out a little local history.

Saturday morning 9th November, starting at 11.00am.

We meet outside Café Erte, 19 Queen’s Road, Westbourne, BH2 6BA

Price £6 (over sixties and students £5). 

These circular walks last approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.  No need to book, just turn up!

Be prepared: this moderate walk includes some slopes and paths and can be slippery. I recommend wearing comfortable and reasonably sturdy footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather. You may want to bring a trekking pole or stick. NB: there is a large council pay car park almost opposite Café Erte and there is some on-street parking nearby. There are bus stops on Queen’s Road and Poole Road, just a short walk from the café. 

Café Erte is where Platform 19 café used to be. You can enjoy refreshments there before and/or after the walk. It has a good menu, nice coffee and yummy cakes. Well behaved dogs are welcome at the café

History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey

‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’ is a circular guided walk with Hattie Miles that will take you from Shelley Manor to the sea. We’ll discover the area’s connections to the Shelley family, hear tales of characters created by famous authors with local connections and uncover some of Boscombe’s past and hidden secrets.

Tuesday morning 15th October, starting at 11am.

Tuesday morning 22nd October, starting at 11am.

Price: £6 (over sixties and students £5) … No need to book, just turn up!

Meet outside the Shelley Theatre café in Beechwood Avenue, Boscombe, BH5 1LX ready for an 11am start (The café is open from 10.30am – 3.30pm and serves good coffee, yummy cakes and light lunches).

Be prepared: this walk includes a sloping path down to Boscombe promenade plus a walk up a zigzag path, and a few steps with a good rail. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather and you may want to bring some water to drink on the way. There is plenty of on-road parking in the area. Please do not use the car park at the Shelley as, in the daytime, it is for use of the medical centre there. Various buses take you to stops on Christchurch Road, a ten minute stroll away from the Shelley Theatre along Crabton Close Road or Chessel Avenue. The café is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm and serves light refreshments, good coffee and yummy cakes. AND the café has just introduced doggy ice-cream to it’s menu … so if you bring your dogs on the walk they can have a treat too!! The guided walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hatte Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (groupbookings on alternative days can be arranged).

Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth

Join Hattie Miles on this enjoyable circular guided walk. You will find out about the area’s history, famous residents and visitors, and discover some of the town’s hidden secrets.

Monday morning 28th October, starting at 11am …

Meet at Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL … find Hattie at reception

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00) … no need to book, just turn up.  This guided walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter hours …

The historic Miramar Hotel is the starting point for this circular guided walk.

Be prepared: this walk will include a sloping path down to Bournemouth promenade  and some steps with a good rail. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather and you may want to bring some water to drink on the way. Walkers can park in the carpark at the rear of the hotel, just let reception know you are there … there are also bus stops nearby. The walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hatte Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (groupbookings on alternative days can be arranged).

The Darker Side of the East Cliff

To mark Halloween why not join Hattie Miles on this intriguing circular walk from Hotel Miramar on Bournemouth’s East Cliff. You will hear the extraordinary story of a murder that took place in 1935 not far from the hotel, as well as an historic shipwreck and the story of an RAF war hero. Be prepared for a ghost story and some intrigue too!

Thursday morning 31st October starting at 11am … meet at Hotel Miramar, East Overcliff Drive, Bournemouth, BH1 3AL (find Hattie in reception or on the terrace).

Price: £6 (over sixties & students £5) … no need to book, just turn up!

What happened to Frances Mawson Rattenbury and his wife Alma? Discover on this walk!

Be prepared: this is a mainly level walk on pavements but I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather – walkers can park in the carpark at the rear of the hotel, just let reception know you are there … there are also bus stops nearby. You can enjoy refreshments at Hotel Miramar before or after the walk. The walk lasts approximately 90 minutes.

(This walk is usually run as an evening walk in the summer … so if you prefer a day-time walk this is your opportunity!)

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hatte Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (groupbookings on alternative days can be arranged).

Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine

Whether you’re a resident or visitor you’re sure to enjoy this circular guided walk with Hattie Miles. You will find out about Boscombe Chine’s history, the many famous people connected to it and discover some of its hidden secrets. You will also discover the fascinating history of the Chine Hotel. 

Meet at the Chine Hotel, 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Boscombe, BH5 1AX  

Friday morning 31st May starting at 11am … No need to book, just turn up!

Price: £6 (over sixties & students £5). The walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter to two hours.

Be prepared: this is a moderate walk and includes some slopes and steps with a good rail. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. Walkers can park in the hotel’s overflow carpark in Wharncliffe Road if spaces are available, but please let reception know you are there. There is on-street parking nearby. Drummond, Knyverton and Knoll roads are usually good too. The hotel is a ten minutes walk from bus routes on Christchurch Road. Refreshments are available at the Chine Hotel before and/or after the walk. 

The Chine Hotel c1951 from an advertisement in the Bournemouth town guide.