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  

Bank Holiday Monday morning 27th May, starting at 11.00am … and 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.

Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth

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 26th March starting at 11am.

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. The 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).

We meet at Hotel Miramar that has its own stories and interesting history.

Southbourne Secrets

This walk will be scheduled again later in the year! … For photographs of the walk on Sunday 17th March and Tuesday 19th March see the walkingtalks Facebook page.

Tuesday 19th March … 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. 

Tuesday morning 19th March … meet 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!

For photographs of the walk on Sunday 17th March see the walkingtalks Facebook page.

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.

What are the secrets of Sweeties, The Pipe Shop and the Green Man?

Two walks from the Hotel Miramar

There are two different guided walks walks with Hattie Miles from Hotel Miramar in the next weeks …

Tuesday 26th March starting at 11am “Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth” … this popular circular walk tells you all sorts of things about our town. Quirky facts, famous residents and more. The walk lasts approximately one-and-three-quarter hours and costs £6 (over sixties and students £5). Meet at Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL at reception or on the terrace ready for an 11am start. 

Tuesday 2nd April starting at 11am “The Darker Side of the East Cliff” … This circular walk is usually a Summer evening walk but various people have asked if I can do a daytime version – so here goes.  It tells stories with a dark theme. They are all connected to the East Cliff and include the dramatic tale of an historic murder, a story about a Hollywood heart-throb and the sinking of a World War One ship. Price for this walk: £5.00 …  no need to book, just turn up.  The guided walk lasts approximately 90 minutes and is on relatively level ground.

For both walks meet at Hotel Miramar, E Overcliff Dr, BH1 3AL at reception or on the terrace ready for an 11am start.

Be prepared: Hidden Secrets includes 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. On both occasions 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).

Hotel Miramar with its Spring display of tete a tete daffodils.

Romance & Scandal in Bournemouth

Take your mind off Brexit and join Hattie Miles for a tantalisingly themed ‘Romance and Scandal’ circular guided walk. You’ll discover some heart-warming love stories and some juicy scandals on this enjoyable circular guided walk that starts in the Gervis Arcade outside Waterstones Book Shop in Bournemouth town centre.  Walks last approximately one-and-three-quarter-hours.

The walk is on Friday 29th March starting at 11am

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00) …  No need to book, just turn up!

Be prepared: this is a moderate walk that includes some slopes and a few steps. Please wear comfortable shoes and dress appropriately for the weather. Parking in Bournemouth town centre is pricey so I recommend coming on the bus but you can find suitable parking at the top of Richmond Hill, at the Winter Gardens and Upper Hinton Road. Waterstone’s Café serves good refreshments and there are other restaurants and cafés nearby.

Do you recognise these people? They all feature on this walk.

“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