Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine (Sunday morning 19th August)

There’s a photograph from this walk on the walkingtalks Facebook page!
Sunday morning 19th August, 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. 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. 

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

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The Darker Side of the East Cliff (Sunday afternoon 19th August)

There’s a photograph from this walk on the walkingtalks Facebook page!

Join Hattie Miles on this intriguing circular walk from Hotel Miramar on Bournemouth’s East Cliff. You will hear the extraordinary story of a murder that took place in 1935 not far from the hotel, as well as an historic shipwreck and the story of an RAF war hero. Be prepared for a ghost story and some intrigue too.

Sunday 19th August starting at 5pm (meet in reception or on the terrace)

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

Be prepared: this is a mainly flat walk on pavements but I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather – during this hot weather I suggest you bring a bottle of water too. 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. You can enjoy refreshments at Hotel Miramar before or after the walk. The walk lasts approximately 75 minutes.

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What happened to Frances Mawson Rattenbury and his wife Alma? Discover on this walk!

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).

Miramar

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

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.

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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‘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