Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth (Tuesday morning 19th June)

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 … at reception or on the terrace. Tuesday morning 19th June starting at 10.30am. (photographs from this walk are on the walkingtalks Facebook page).

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.

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.

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

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Hotel Miramar looking lovely with it’s summer bedding just planted

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Bournemouth: Crime & the Underworld (Tuesday morning 26th June)

“Bournemouth: Crime and the Underworld” is a guided walk with Hattie Miles that will tell you about historic crimes relating to the town. Many come to Bournemouth for a taste of the peaceful life but there is a darker side. There are links to notorious murders, enterprising conmen, the Great Train Robbery and even the infamous Kray Brother’s gang.

Walk date: Tuesday morning 26th June starting at 11am from the Pavilion Theatre steps on Westover Road, BH1 2BU.

Price £6 (£5 over sixties & students) … 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. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. I suggest travelling to Bournemouth on the bus as town centre parking is expensive, but if you do decide to come by car there is pay parking available around the town including a carpark at the Pavilion itself. There are several cafés close to our starting point if you want refreshments before the walk … we will end at the Pavilion where the Terrace Café is a good stopping point overlooking Bournemouth’s historic gardens.

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Our walk will include stories about Bournemouth Pier, the BIC and the murder committed by Neville Heath (right) in 1946.

Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine (New dates to be announced soon)

Photographs of this walk can be found on the walkingtalks Facebook page.
Bank Holiday Sunday 27th May, starting at 11.00am
Price: £6 (over sixties & students £5). No need to book, just turn up!
The walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter 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 carparks, but please let reception know you are there. Refreshments are available at the Chine Hotel before or after the walk. 

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

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

History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey (1st & 4th May)

Photographs from these walks can be found on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’ is a free guided walk with Hattie Miles. We’ll explore central Boscombe to discover some of its past and hidden secrets. It will also tell you about stories and characters created by famous authors with local connections including Mary Shelley and Frankenstein, Bram Stoker and Dracula and, of course, there’ll be a nod to Dr Who when we visit the Boscombe Tardis.

Tuesday 1st May and Friday 4th May, both starting at 11am.  Meet outside Lidl inside the Sovereign Centre ready for an 11am start. No need to book, just turn up!

This free walk is supported by Coastal BID and the Sovereign Shopping Centre. It will last approximately 75 minutes.

Be prepared: the route is mainly flat and is within the precinct, Sovereign Centre and Royal Arcade. I would recommend wearing flat, comfortable footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather. There are good bus services to Boscombe Centre, plenty of pay carparks nearby and some on street parking a short walk away. There are good loos in the Sovereign Centre and lots of cafés nearby. NB: This walk is not suitable for dogs as Sovereign Centre has a no dogs policy.

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“Walk, Woof and Wag” dog walk

Photographs from this walk can be seen on the walkingtalks Facebook page:

Help us Celebrate The Chinese New Year of the Dog on our “Walk, Woof and Wag”. This free circular dog walk is open to anyone with a well behaved dog and aims to raise money for the PDSA.  No fee, but donations gratefully received on the day.

Date: meet on Saturday February 10th ready for an 11am start from outside the main entrance of the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe’s pedestrian precinct. The walk will be led by Hattie Miles and is supported by the local business community and Coastal BID.

Be prepared: This walk is designed for dogs and their human friends. In residential areas and near roads dogs need to be on a lead, but there will be opportunity for a run-around for dogs that enjoy it. Please bring your own poop bags and any doggy essentials your dog likes during a walk. I recommend that humans wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. The walk will include some slopes and a few steps and we aim to go down to the beach if the weather is suitable. 

Famous people born in years of the Dog include Winston Churchill, Mother Teresa, Leonard Cohen, Judi Dench, Elvis Presley, Steven Spielberg, Donald Trump, David Bowie, Madonna and Harry Styles.

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Dog walkers on Boscombe beach.

Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! Thank you everyone who has supported my walks during 2017 … it’s always good to see you.  Look out for a new season of walks for 2018 … details will be posted soon.  NB: There are no walks during January and February (apart from the Chinese New Year Dog Walk!) … see above, details will be posted soon!!

ChineWalk1b A group of walkers on a sunny day in Boscombe Chine … 

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

A very merry Christmas to everyone & all good wishes for a peaceful, happy & healthy 2018!  Hattie 🙂

Look out for news of my 2018 walks schedule here & on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

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Father Christmas and penguins from The Ark in Poole Park … 14.11.2014 … photo by Hattie Miles