Hoping you’re all OK

Hello everybody,

We are living in such strange times and I hope you are all OK! I’m busy planning walks and talks for the future and hope to see you all as soon as this Coronavirus situation allows. I fear it will be sometime … in the meantime, stay safe, stay well and be happy.

I’ve started ‘Walkingtalks lockdown history’ posts on the walkingtalks Facebook page. Do take a look and I hope you enjoy what I’m doing. Find my Facebook page here:


This is a photograph shows one of last year’s walk groups from the Shelley Theatre.

2020 walks information

Hello everybody,

I have decided for the time-being not to organise ‘no need to book, just turn up’ guided walks. It has been a difficult decision but as the profile of the majority my walkers is mainly over 60s and many are in their 70s and 80s I think caution is best. My aim is for you all to stay safe and well.

Thank you for your patience!!! Stay safe, stay well … and stay happy!! Hattie 🙂

Postponed until later in the year! 100 years of Bournemouth news 1920 – 2020 … a talk at BNSS

Sadly this talk has been postponed due to coronavirus … it will hopefully be rescheduled for later in the year. A talk by Hattie Miles at Bournemouth Natural Science Society to mark 100 years since their remarkable collection moved into their Christchurch Road premises. 

Hattie’s talk aims to take us through 100 years of enormous social and technological change and will highlight some of the news stories that have marked each decade. 

Tuesday 17th March starting at 7.30pm (doors open at 7pm) This is a free talk but donations to BNSS are welcome Postponed

This talk is at Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NS on Tuesday  17th March … starts 7.30pm

From news stories written on desktop typewriters to reporters sending their stories and pictures via their mobile phones … and, of course 24/7 news at our fingertips … it’s been a hundred years of change.

Hattie Miles was the first woman photographer on the Bournemouth Daily Echo. She worked there for 24 years, but for the past eight years has been a busy freelance. Her knowledge and experience of Bournemouth is quite unique having, not only grown to love the town in the thirty-five years she has lived here, but also knowing through her work, many of the back-stories to events and incidents in the area.  

The Bournemouth Natural Science Society is a museum with a remarkable collection embracing natural history, geology, Egyptology, astronomy and more. It was founded in 1903. Originally housed at the Municipal College at the Lansdown (now Bournemouth and Poole College), it moved into its 39 Christchurch Road premises in February 1920. The museum is open every Tuesday from 10am and 4pm and on Saturdays when advertised.

NB: there are bus stops nearby on Christchurch Road and plenty of on-street parking a short walk away. BNSS has a small on site car park too.

New Years Day Quiz Walk 2020

The New Year’s Day Quiz walk is back!!

Blow away the cobwebs on this fun New Year’s Day guided walk with Hattie Miles.  This circular Quiz Walk has fun questions and answers on topics with local links including showbiz, football, architecture, famous people and local history … there’s a new set of questions and a new set of cracker jokes!  There are no prizes but we aim for a jolly good and enjoyable time to welcome 2020. We meet in The Arcade (between Old Christchurch Road and Gervis Place) in Bournemouth town centre, near to Waterstones Book Shop.

Meet Hattie ready for a 12 noon start on Wednesday January 1st, 2020no need to book, just turn up!!

Price: £5 for everyone … meet at noon outside Waterstones in the Gervis Arcade, Bournemouth town centre.

All these people have local links … come along and see if you can answer the questions about them!

Be prepared: The route of this walk will be dependant on weather conditions but be ready for slopes and a few steps. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. There are plenty of places where you can get refreshments near to our starting point (Waterstones Book Shop has a nice café and Cosy Club is round the corner) … loos can be found in nearby department stores and though we will pass various public loos on the route I can’t guarantee that they will be open! Well behaved dogs are welcome.

Bournemouth’s Christmas Secrets

Discover ‘Bournemouth’s Christmas Secrets’ on a guided walk with Hattie Miles. You will hear some intriguing stories related to the town: the first in-store Father Christmas, a famous Victorian pantomime star, Christmas letters from a favourite author and more. There’ll be seasonal readings and a bit of drama too and, of course, our route will take us past some of the festive decorations and window displays around the town.

We meet at the cosy Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL … find Hattie at reception … buses stop at the top of Bath Hill (a short walk from the hotel). The hotel’s free car park entrance is in Grove Road or you can park on street (metred).

Friday 13th December starting at 11am

Monday 16th December starting at 11am

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

After the walk you are welcome to warm up with refreshments at the lovely Hotel Miramar.

Fun on Christmas morning 2017 for charity swimmers near Boscombe Pier: photo Hattie Miles

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).

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).