MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYBODY !!

Here’s a pair of roller-skating Christmas parcels for you, taken a couple of years ago in Boscombe. Just so you know, roller-skating was invented in 1735 by the Belgian Joseph Merlin who introduced his new wheeled shoes at a party in London. Frenchman Monsieur Petitbled actually patented improved ‘inline’ roller-skates in 1819.

Walkingtalks will be back in 2022 – keep an eye on this website and the walkingtalks Facebook page for information … you won’t have to come on roller-skates!!! Hattie 🙂

Boscombe’s Sovereign Shopping Centre 2019: Dela and Rada from Cirq Delight

No walk-up walks until April

Hello everyone, I’m very sad to have had to make the decision to cancel my idea of a 2022 New Year’s Day Quiz Walk. The Covid situation is, once again, very uncertain and I feel it is unwise to create a situation where households who do not know each other might mix. This is disappointing but I hope to start walk-up walks again in April. In the meantime, I am happy to continue with booked walks if anyone fancies getting a group together. These would be priced at £35 for up to five people and then £7 for each additional person. Keep smiling … Hattie

walkingtalks for Autumn & Winter

Hello everybody … good news is that I am almost completely recovered after my unfortunate rabbit hole accident. I have already done my first guided walk with a group who were already booked in, and have a couple more booked in for November/December. I am also catching up with a number of postponed illustrated talks, so I am quite busy. Because of the continuing uncertainty with Covid I have decided not to do walk-up guided walks until 2022.

However, I can do booked walks for groups of up to 20 people. Take-five walks can be booked for £35 and larger numbers can be booked at £7 per head … just email me at hattiepix@gmail.com with a contact telephone number if you would like to do a booked walk. Best walks for now are an “Autumn Tree” walk from The Square and walks from Hotel Miramar that include “Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth, “The Darker Side of the East Cliff” and “Bournemouth In World War 2”. For other ideas please look at the walks and talks section of this site.

I hope to do the New Year’s Day Quiz walk on 1st January and details for that will follow.

In the meantime, I hope this finds you all thriving. Hattie 🙂

Walkingtalks suspended until September

Hello everybody … unfortunately I’ve been in an accident and will be unable to do walks until at least September. I had a fall while out on a walk with my husband – I put my foot into a hidden rabbit hole and went flying!! I’ve spend eight days in Poole Hospital, where I was looked after wonderfully. They have sent me home with a brand new titanium hip – so when I restart my walkingtalks I will be properly bionic!!

I am so sorry to have to do this, but I have absolutely no alternative. I assure you that walkingtalks will be back and the weeks I am recuperating I will spend researching and working out some new walk routes.

I miss you all … below is a photograph of me being brought to the ambulance after a twenty minute journey on the trolley from my fall spot! It was a very unfortunate accident, but in a beautiful place and on a dry sunny day – so it could have been worse!! Do keep an eye on my walkingtalks Facebook page and this site as every so often I will post updates!!

I would like to thank the Ambulance Service, Poole Hospital and the gardeners at Kingston Lacy House for looking after me and my husband so well at this rather painful time.

‘TAKE FIVE’ WALKINGTALKS

For now, because of the uncertainty of the Covid-19 regulations, I am only running pre-booked walks for groups of up to five people – with me, that will makes a group of six people – the walkers all knowing each other.

The cost of a walk is £35 for the group. (Payment can be cash on the day, a cheque made out to H. Miles on the day or BACs by arrangement). 

To arrange and book a walk please email … hattiepix@gmail.com … with a contact name and telephone number and, if you have a plan, the title of the walk you are interested in.

For a list of walks and talks see the walks and talks section of this site. The date and time of your walk needs to be arranged at a mutually convenient time and the meeting point can be discussed to suit you.  I’m happy to tailor walk routes to each group’s individual requirements.

I will wait a little before starting walk-up walks … but hope that I can restart them in June or July. I need to check out routes, cafés and loos!!

Walks after lockdown

Hello everybody … I so hope there will be some idea of when walks can begin again soon. I suspect it won’t be much before May or even June before we can get going in any meaningful way. I hope this finds you all well and that many of you will have had your first vaccination – I have had mine!

I look forward to seeing you all again when it is permitted for us to meet up. Best wishes to all of you and do stay safe, stay well and stay happy!! Hattie 🙂

Here’s a group of walkers on the Westbourne walk, pictured at Skerryvore, the site of Victorian author Robert Louis Stevenson’s house.

Happy New Year!! Tier 4, walks and 2021

Sadly Bournemouth has been moved into Tier 4 which means all my walks must now be suspended.

I do hope this finds you safe and well and that, despite it all, you are able to enjoy a festive ‘at home’ New Year’s Eve!! We have to hope that 2021 brings better things.

Thank you for some lovely messages received in the past weeks and to all of you who have braved coming out on one of my ‘Take Five’ walks.

I look forward to seeing you all on walks in the Spring when, hopefully, the vaccine programme will have kicked in properly and the result will be an easing of restrictions.

HAPPY NEW YEAR … all good wishes, Hattie 🙂

Our New Year’s Day ‘Quiz Walk’ on 1st January 2020 … that was such fun!!

Merry Christmas Everybody!!

I hope you are all safe and well and able to enjoy a festive Christmas. Some of you will recognise this photograph. It’s one I took a few years ago at the Bournemouth Oceanarium. Santa is giving Friday the turtle his favourite breakfast … lettuce!! Apparently lettuce may be in short supply in coming weeks – so Friday the turtle might end up being rationed!!!

For now I am still offering ‘Take Five’ walks for anyone interested … see the post below this one for details. But I suspect, in the current Covid climate, you will all prefer to remain in your family bubbles. You will find 24 of my Lockdown Histories on the walkingtalks Facebook page. Do take a look – they are all about Bournemouth history.

Please do take care!! Hattie 🙂

Father Christmas feeding Crusoe the turtle at Bournemouth Oceanarium. (Santa is actually aquarist Kris Pring.)

December walks …

Due to restrictions because of the Covid-19 pandemic, all walks for the rest of this year must be pre-booked for groups of up to five people. With me, that will make our group within the legal ‘safe six’ ruling. We also have to respect Tier 2 regulations that different households are not allowed to mix indoors.

The cost of a walk is £35 for the group. (Payment can be cash on the day, cheque made out to H. Miles on the day or BACs by arrangement). 

To arrange and book a walk please email … hattiepix@gmail.com … with a contact name and telephone number.

For a list of walks and talks see the walks and talks section of this site. The date of your walk needs to be arranged at a mutually convenient time and the meeting point can be discussed. 

Social distancing will be observed on the walks and please can everyone bring a mask, though it may not be necessary to always wear a mask – it is good to have one with you! Should you want to go indoors for refreshments at a café or restaurant after the walk, you can only be accompanied by members of your own household. Contact me at hattiepix@gmail.com

Walks, Facebook and more:

Find my latest Lockdown History on composer Sir Malcolm Arnold on the walkingtalks Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/Walkingtalks-286321078222678

Scroll down through the Facebook page to find lockdown history posts on various Bournemouth linked subjects including: Harriet Samuel and her house overlooking Boscombe Chine; Hotel Miramar and Count Mensdorff; Benjamin Ferry and the Royal Bath Hotel; Bournemouth Town Hall and the Mont Dore Hotel; Guglielmo Marconi and his links to Court Royal; the 1936 Typhoid epidemic; Elisabeth Scott and the Pier Theatre … and many more!

Please contact me if you are interested in a ‘Take Five Walk’ – remember that Bournemouth has been placed in Tier Two, therefore I can only lead a group of up to six people, including myself. Should you want to go indoors for refreshments after the walk you can only be accompanied by members of your own household. Contact me at hattiepix@gmail.com