June dates for 2017 walkingtalks

Thursday evening 22nd June: 8pm’ish start, “Dark Side of the East Cliff” guided walk after the Hotel Miramar’s Thursday Summer Jazz event.

“Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine” from The Chine Hotel. Thursday mornings 22nd June and 29th June starting at 10.30am.

Scroll down for full details of these walks!

Photographs of the “Take your Mind of the General Election Guided Walk”  Thursday 8th June and the brand new “Darker Side of Bournemouth” guided walk Monday 5th June are on the Walkingtalks Facebook page …

“Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth” from Hotel Miramar: (new dates will be posted soon)

For all walks group bookings on alternative dates can be arranged.

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.

The Darker Side of The West Cliff

Join Hattie Miles for a glimpse of the darker side of Bournemouth … you’ll hear about historic murders and shipwrecks. There’ll be lots of intrigue as well as a couple of ghosts in the mix.  New dates will be posted soon. This guided walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.  For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hatte Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (groupbookings on alternative days can be arranged).

“Darker Side of the East Cliff”

On some Thursday evenings through the summer a special “Darker Side of the East Cliff”  one hour  circular walk with Hattie Miles will start, at approximately 8pm, following Summer Jazz night events at the Hotel Miramar. You will hear the extraordinary story of a murder that took place in 1935 not far from the hotel. Be prepared for some ghosts stories and intrigue too.

Walks will take place on 22nd June, 20th July and 27th July … all starting at approximately 8pm after the Jazz.  Meet on the terrace at Hotel Miramar.

Price: £5

Be prepared: this is a mainly flat walk on pavements but I recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. 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 the Miramar jazz evening  before the walk and get refreshments there before or after.  

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

Hidden Histories of Boscombe Chine …

Whether you are a resident or visitor you’re sure to enjoy this new 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.

Thursdays 22nd June and 29th June and then July 20th and 27th

Meet at the Chine Hotel, 25 Boscombe Spa Road, Boscombe BH5 1AX  

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00)  There’s no need to book – just turn up. The guided walks last approximately one-and-a-half 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 and 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).

This picture of the Chine Hotel is from the 1888 Bright’s Guide to Bournemouth.

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HAPPY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

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Thank you, everyone who has supported my walks this year. It’s always a pleasure when you come along. Here’s a photograph I took of Father Christmas listening intently to one young visitor to his grotto on Southbourne Green. Next year, I hope to do a Southbourne walk and introduce you to some of its fascinating history.
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Do look out for a possible New Years Day walkingtalk. I’ll see what the weather forecast is like and post details at short notice …

HAVE A VERY, VERY HAPPY  CHRISTMAS!

Good wishes to you all,

Hattie 🙂

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History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey

‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’ is a guided walk with Hattie Miles. It will take you around the Boscombe precinct area 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.

Thursday 10th November starting at 11am.  Meet outside the pop-up Heritage Museum near the entrance to the Sovereign Centre by the pedestrian precinct (opposite Holland & Barrett).

These free walks are part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival 2016. They last approximately 75 minutes.

Be prepared: the route is mainly flat and is largely 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 and plenty of reasonably priced carparks nearby.

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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