Take your mind off the General Election guided walk

Take your mind off the General Election on a guided walk with Hattie Miles … the aim is for a bit of fun to distract us from the election shenanigans. What better place to be than beautiful Boscombe with its clifftop pathways and stunning beaches. As its December the walk route will be a bit weather dependant, but I hope we can get down to Boscombe Pier to hear some quirky stories about this historic landmark.

Friday morning 6th December … 11am start

Monday morning 9th December … 11am start

Meet outside The Shelley Theatre café in Beechwood Avenue, Boscombe, BH5 1LX, ready for an 11am start.  (The café is open from 10.30am – 3.30pm and serves good coffee, yummy cakes and light lunches).

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

A sunny day at beautiful Boscombe beach … photograph by Jeremy Miles

Be prepared: this walk includes some slopes and steps. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather and you may want to bring a cane or stick. There is plenty of on-road parking in the area. Please do not use the car park at the Shelley as, in the daytime, it is for use of the medical centre there. Various buses take you to stops on Christchurch Road, a ten minute stroll away from the Shelley Theatre along Crabton Close Road or Chessel Avenue. The café is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm and serves light refreshments, good coffee and yummy cakes. You are welcome bring your dogs on the walk (the café is dog friendly). The guided walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

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

History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey

‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’ is a circular guided walk with Hattie Miles that will take you from Shelley Manor to the sea. We’ll discover the area’s connections to the Shelley family, hear tales of characters created by famous authors with local connections and uncover some of Boscombe’s past and hidden secrets.

Tuesday morning 15th October, starting at 11am.

Tuesday morning 22nd October, starting at 11am.

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

Meet outside the Shelley Theatre café in Beechwood Avenue, Boscombe, BH5 1LX ready for an 11am start (The café is open from 10.30am – 3.30pm and serves good coffee, yummy cakes and light lunches).

Be prepared: this walk includes a sloping path down to Boscombe promenade plus a walk up a zigzag path, and a few 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. There is plenty of on-road parking in the area. Please do not use the car park at the Shelley as, in the daytime, it is for use of the medical centre there. Various buses take you to stops on Christchurch Road, a ten minute stroll away from the Shelley Theatre along Crabton Close Road or Chessel Avenue. The café is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm and serves light refreshments, good coffee and yummy cakes. AND the café has just introduced doggy ice-cream to it’s menu … so if you bring your dogs on the walk they can have a treat too!! The guided walk lasts approximately 1 hour 45 minutes.

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

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.

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.