Bournemouth: Crime & the Underworld

“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 infamous murders, enterprising conmen, the Great Train Robbery and even Jack the Ripper. The walk is one of several events linked to the “A Question of Guilt: A Crime Writer’s Collection” exhibition at the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum.

Walk date: Saturday 24th March starting at 1.30pm. We meet on level one of the Russell-Cotes Art Gallery and Museum, BH1 3AA.

Tickets cost £16.50 that includes entry into the historic house and, after the walk, tea & cake and an introduction to the “A Question of Guilt” exhibition by a member of the curator team. To book ask at the Russell-Cotes Welcome Desk or telephone 01202 451820. Please book in advance to ensure your place.

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. Before and after the walk, you are welcome to enjoy the house and gallery.


Russell-Cotes Art Gallery & Museum: it may be early for roses but it’s not to early for intrigue!


History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey

Thank you everyone who came to this walk – there are a few pictures on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

‘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.

Friday 16th February starting at 11am.  Meet outside the pop-up Heritage Museum opposite Lidl in the Sovereign Centre.

This free walk is part of the Shelley Frankenstein Festival 2018. It will
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, plenty of pay carparks nearby and some on street parking a short walk away.


Happy New Year!!

Happy New Year! Thank you everyone who has supported my walks during 2017 … it’s always good to see you.  Look out for a new season of walks for 2018 … details will be posted soon.  NB: There are no walks during January and February (apart from the Chinese New Year Dog Walk!) … see above, details will be posted soon!!

ChineWalk1b A group of walkers on a sunny day in Boscombe Chine … 


A very merry Christmas to everyone & all good wishes for a peaceful, happy & healthy 2018!  Hattie 🙂

Look out for news of my 2018 walks schedule here & on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

A1 ArkPenguinSanta17

Father Christmas and penguins from The Ark in Poole Park … 14.11.2014 … photo by Hattie Miles


December dates for 2017 walkingtalks

‘A Victorian Christmas’ guided walk round Westbourne. Wednesdays 6th & 13th December starting at 11am from outside The Vintage Lounge café in Westbourne arcade. Photos of these walks are on the walkingtalks Facebook page.

Photos of the Westbourne Rotary ‘Wonderful Westbourne’ walk 26.11.2017 and ‘A Victorian Christmas’ walk 06.12.2017 can be seen on the walkingtalks Facebook page. Photos of previous walks and Show & Tell are on the Walkingtalks Facebook page.

For all walks group bookings on alternative dates can be arranged.  Hattie is also available for talks and illustrated talks.

Also why not try out Hattie’s two self-guided circular Bournemouth walks from the Hotter Shop in Old Christchurch RoadVisit  and I would be interested to hear what you think about them.

‘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

Wonderful Westbourne guided walk

Westbourne is an area packed with interest. Whether you are a resident or visitor you are sure to enjoy this guided walk with Hattie Miles that will show you some of the area’s hidden secrets and tell you about famous people connected to it. You will find out about writers, actors, pop stars, scientists, a prime minister and much more.

Tuesdays 24th October and 7th November, both starting at 10.45am. We meet at the Seamoor Road end of Westbourne arcade, BH4 9AY.

Price £6 (over sixties & students £5).  The walk is approximately one-and-three-quarter hours.

For more information see: or contact Hattie Miles on (group bookings on alternative days can be arranged)

Before and after the walk there are various restaurants, pubs and cafes nearby. If you fancy fish and chips afterwards Chez Fred will be open for eat in or take-away.

Be prepared:  This is a gentle, mainly flat walk, but I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather. There is plenty of free on-street parking close to Westbourne and also pay car parks. The bus services to Westbourne are generally good. Public loos in Westbourne are situated in the main car park on Millburn Road – we do NOT walk past them!

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWalkingtalkers at the site of Robert Louis Stevenson’s house in Westbourne.