“Southbourne Secrets …”

Join Hattie Miles on this brand new Southbourne walk that will tell you about some of the area’s development, famous residents and hidden secrets. This circular 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 you a few things about the area that you may not know.  

Sunday morning 17th March starting at 11amTuesday morning 19th March starting at 11ammeet outside Costa Coffee in Southbourne Grove, BH6 3RA, ready for an 11am start.

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

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

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

Photographs from this walk are on the Walkingtalks Facebook page …

“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. In this warm weather I recommend that you bring a bottle of water to drink. 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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Bournemouth pier, Bournemouth International Centre and Neville Heath all feature in this walk

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

The Language of Colour Autumn walk

Join Hattie Miles for a guided walk to celebrate Autumn – enjoy the colours of the season as we walk through Bournemouth’s beautiful Central Gardens. Hear a few appropriate readings and discover how the English language has embraced descriptions of our country’s multitude of hues. You will also find out about some of Bournemouth’s collection of unusual trees, learn a little about the area’s history and famous residents.

Friday 20th October and Thursday 9th November, both starting at 11.00am.

We meet outside Platform 19 Café, 19 Queen’s Road, Westbourne, BH2 6BA

Price £6 (£5 over sixties and students). These circular walks last approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.  No need to book, just turn up!

Be prepared: this moderate walk will includes some slopes and paths can be slippery. I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. 

NB: there is a large council pay car park almost opposite Platform 19 and there is some on-street parking nearby. There are bus stops on Queen’s Road and Poole Road, just a short walk from the café.

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‘Christmas in Westbourne’ guided walk

Join Hattie Miles for a festive walkingtalk in Westbourne. This guided walk is on Thursday  15th December – 10.45am start. Meet at the Seamoor Road end of Westbourne arcade.

Come along and you will learn that Westbourne’s expansion has many parallels with the development of our traditional Christmas celebrations.  You’ll also find out about famous people connected to the area and their Christmas stories. The walk will be interesting and lots of fun.

Price: £4.00 for everyone (special Christmas rate!) … No need to book – just turn up!

Walks take about one-and-a-quarter’ish hours and finish in time for lunchtime refreshments and Christmas shopping.

Be prepared:  This is a gentle, mainly flat walk, but I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather.

Language of Colour walk to celebrate Autumn

Join Hattie Miles for a guided walk to celebrate Autumn – enjoy the colours of the season as we walk through Bournemouth’s beautiful Central Gardens. Hear a few appropriate readings and discover how the English language has embraced descriptions of our country’s multitude of hues. You will also find out about some of Bournemouth’s collection of unusual trees, learn a little about the area’s history and hear tales about its connections with famous residents and visitors.

Thursday 13th and Saturday 15th of October, starting at 11.00am.

We meet outside Platform 19 Café, 19 Queen’s Road, Westbourne, BH2 6BA

Price £6 (£5 over sixties and students). These circular walks last approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.  No need to book, just turn up!

Before or after the walk you can enjoy refreshments at the café if you would like to. As well as good coffee and teas they do an array of yummy things for breakfast and lunch including a traditional ‘full English’, soup, open sandwiches, jacket potatoes and some tempting cakes and biscuits.

NB: there is a large council pay car park almost opposite Platform 19 and there is some on-street parking nearby. There are bus stops on Queen’s Road and Poole Road, just a short walk from the café.

Be prepared: this walk will include some slopes and some narrow paths, which can be a bit muddy. We also walk along some boardwalks which are narrow and can be a bit slippy. I would recommend wearing flat, comfortable footwear and dressing appropriately for the weather.

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A carpet of Autumn leaves in Bournemouth’s Central Gardens