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 27th August, starting at 11am.

Tuesday morning 3rd September, starting at 11am.

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

Meet outside the Shelley Theatre café at 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).

The Darker Side of the East Cliff

Join Hattie Miles on this intriguing circular evening 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!

Monday evening 29th July starting at 7pm … 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 flat 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.

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.

Meet at Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL … find Hattie at reception or out on the terrace. 

Monday morning 29th July starting at 11am … and

Sunday afternoon 4th August starting at 4pm

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 …

Discover Hotel Miramar’s fascinating history and some of Bournemouth’s intriguing secrets.

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).

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.

Two walks for Bank Holiday Monday

There are photographs from these walks on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

There are two walks on Bank Holiday Monday, 27th May … In the morning “Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine” starts at 11am from the Chine Hotel in Boscombe Spar Road. In the evening “The Darker Side of the East Cliff” sets off at 7pm from Hotel Miramar on East Overcliff Drive.

The Darker Side of the East Cliff

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 …

Bank Holiday Monday evening 27th May starting at 7pm … 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 flat 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.