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.

Bohemian Boscombe

FRIDAY 10th May … 11am start!! Discover Boscombe’s colourful past on this free guided walk with Hattie Miles.You’ll hear interesting and entertaining stories about creative and flamboyant people as we take a look at architectural gems that help reveal the area’s history and hidden secrets. This is a free walk supported by the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe.

The walks will be on Sunday morning 5th May and Friday morning 10th May both starting at 11am.  No need to book, just turn up!

Meet at the entrance of the Sovereign Shopping Centre in Christchurch Road pedestrian precinct ready to start at 11am  … the walk will last approximately 75 minutes.

Be prepared: the route is mainly flat and is within the precinct, Sovereign Centre and Royal Arcade. I 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.

Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe festival offers eight days of interesting arts events around the area from 4th – 12th May. For festival details visit www.b-e-a-f.co.uk

Bohemian Boscombe

Discover Boscombe’s colourful past on this free guided walk with Hattie Miles. You’ll hear interesting and entertaining stories about creative and flamboyant people as we take a look at architectural gems that help reveal the area’s history and hidden secrets. This is a free walk supported by the Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe.

The walks will be on Sunday morning 5th May and Friday morning 10th May both starting at 11am. No need to book, just turn up!

Meet at the entrance of the Sovereign Shopping Centre in Christchurch Road pedestrian precinct ready to start at 11am … the walk will last approximately 75 minutes …

Be prepared: the route is mainly flat and is within the precinct, Sovereign Centre and Royal Arcade. I 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.

The Bournemouth Emerging Arts Fringe festival offers eight days of interesting arts events around the area from 4th – 12th May. For festival details visit www.b-e-a-f.co.uk

New walk details soon

Details of new walks will be posted soon. Look forward to “More Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth”, “Bohemian Boscombe”, “Southbourne Secrets” and more …

Pictured below are Hattie (with the clipboard) and walkers on the New Year’s Day Quiz walk. You can find more pictures and information on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

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).

Chine Hotel from c1951b

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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