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.



“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.


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 … 


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.

A1 ArkPenguinSanta17

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


‘A Victorian Christmas’ in Westbourne

Get festive on ‘A Victorian Christmas’ guided walk in Westbourne with Hattie Miles. Come along and you will learn that Westbourne’s expansion has many parallels with the development of our traditional Christmas celebrations. You’ll find out about crackers, carols, cards and more. Trees, tinsel and turkey will all feature as well as Christmassy readings from the Victorian era.

Wednesdays 6th and 13th December, both starting at 11am from outside The Vintage Lounge Café in the centre of Westbourne arcade, BH4 9AY

Price £5  … no need to book, just turn up!

After the walk there are various good cafés and restaurants for refreshments

Be prepared: please dress appropriately for the weather and I always recommend that you wear comfortable shoes. Walks will last about about an-hour-and-a-quarter. We finish in plenty of time for lunch and Christmas shopping. There are a number of pay car parks around Westbourne and good bus services to Westbourne. There is also on-street parking nearby.

HenryColeChristmasCardThe first commercial Christmas card, above, was designed by Henry Cole in 1843

November dates for 2017 walkingtalks

‘The Language of Colour’ from Platform 19 café, BH2 6BA … Thursday 9th November, both starting at 11am.  £6 (over sixties & students £5) Photographs from 20th October and 9th November walks are on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

‘Wonderful Westbourne’ from the Seamoor Road end of Westbourne arcade … Tuesday 7th November, starting at 10.45am …  £6 (over sixties & students £5) There’s a photo from this walk on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

Dates for ‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’, a Boscombe centre walk relating to Mary Shelley and other literary figures, will be announced soon.

Scroll down for full details of these walks!

Photos of previous walks and Show & Tell are on the Walkingtalks Facebook page …

Look out for details of Christmas-themed walks in December

For all walks group bookings on alternative dates can be arranged.  Hattie is also available for talks and illustrated talks.

Also why not try out the two self-guided circular Bournemouth walks from the Hotter Shop in Old Christchurch RoadVisit http://www.hotter.com/blog/walk-with-hotter-and-discover-bournemouth/  and http://www.hotter.com/blog/discover-bournemouth-with-hotter I would be interested to hear what you think about them.

Wonderful Westbourne guided walk

Westbourne is an area packed with interest. Whether you are a resident or visitor you are sure to enjoy this guided walk with Hattie Miles that will show you some of the area’s hidden secrets and tell you about famous people connected to it. You will find out about writers, actors, pop stars, scientists, a prime minister and much more.

Tuesdays 24th October and 7th November, both starting at 10.45am. We meet at the Seamoor Road end of Westbourne arcade, BH4 9AY.

Price £6 (over sixties & students £5).  The walk is approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.

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

Before and after the walk there are various restaurants, pubs and cafes nearby. If you fancy fish and chips afterwards Chez Fred will be open for eat in or take-away.

Be prepared:  This is a gentle, mainly flat walk, but I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. There is plenty of free on-street parking close to Westbourne and also pay car parks. The bus services to Westbourne are generally good. Public loos in Westbourne are situated in the main car park on Millburn Road – we do NOT walk past them!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalkingtalkers at the site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s house in Westbourne.