New walk dates will be posted soon.

Fantastic turnout at the BNSS for my “Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth” talk! Thank you everyone who came … and thank you Ian Julian and Grenham Ireland for all your help!!

New walk dates will be posted very soon!! Let’s hope we get some dry days!!

Extra chairs were needed for my “Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth” talk … amazing!!

Hidden Secrets talk: this Saturday, 15th June, 2.30pm

Don’t miss Hattie Miles“Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth” illustrated talk at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, 39 Christchurch Road, BH1 3NS, this Saturday 15th June, starting at 2.30pm. You will find out about Bournemouth’s VC heroes, connections with royalty, Miss World’s secret, the story of a slave and more.

Afterwards you can enjoy tea and cake surrounded by some of the extraordinary museum collection.

Do come along, the talk is free!

If you’ve not been to the Bournemouth Natural Science Society, this Saturday is a good opportunity to introduce you to this fascinating museum.

Be prepared: this illustrated talk lasts approximately one hour. There is parking at the BNSS and bus stops on Christchurch Road are nearby. On street parking is just a short walk away.

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.

Southbourne Secrets

Join Hattie Miles on this circular Southbourne walk that will tell you about some of the area’s development, famous residents and hidden secrets. The walk will start and finish outside Costa Coffee in Southbourne Grove.  It will take us to the cliff top and down to the beach and aims to tell a few things about the area that you may not know. 

Thursday morning 9th May starting at 11am

Meet outside Costa Coffee in Southbourne Grove, BH6 3RA

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

Be prepared: this is a moderate walk and includes some slopes and a few steps. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. There is plenty of on street parking in Southbourne but you will need to park away from the centre to avoid time restrictions. If you travel by bus Southbourne is well served including 1, 1b and M2 services. We pass several public loos on route and can use facilities at Costa Coffee before and after the walk. The walk will last approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

Sweeties, The Pipe Shop and Southbourne’s fabulous Green Man

Photographs from the 17th and 19th March, 28th April and 9th May walks are on the walkingtalks Facebook page!

Christmas themed walk from Hotel Miramar

There are photographs of these walks and a special walk for Hotel Miramar guests on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

Get festive on this entertaining Christmas themed guided walk with Hattie Miles. You’ll discover seasonal stories about people connected to the town and hear some fun Christmas readings with local links. There’ll be a sprinkling of history and a dusting of celebrity but no austerity, Brexit or Trump!!

After the walk you can enjoy a light lunch at the Miramar or have a warming cuppa or glass of mulled wine and maybe a mince pie or two!!

The walk starts at 11am from Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL 

Tuesday morning 18th December (meet Hattie in reception) 

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

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 Miramar carpark, but please let reception know you are there. There are good bus stops nearby. Refreshments are available at the Hotel Miramar before and/or after the walk. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes.

Father Christmas feeding Crusoe the turtle at Bournemouth Oceanarium a few years ago … photograph by Hattie Miles

“Life as a photojournalist” talk

Thank you everyone who came for being such a great audience and BNSS for all your help setting up the sound and pictures plus the tea and yummy cake afterwards. I’ve put a couple of pictures on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

Join Hattie Miles to hear about her “Life as a Photojournalist”. This illustrated talk is on Saturday 27th October starting at 2.30pm at the Bournemouth Natural Science Society and Museum, 39 Christchurch Rd, Bournemouth BH1 3NS
NB: the talk is free but people are asked for a donation.

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Hattie Miles with Batman and Robin on the beach close to Boscombe Pier a few years ago