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

 

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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.

New dates for this walk from Hotel Miramar will be announced soon.

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-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.

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

Group bookings on alternative dates can be arranged.

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Discovering the town’s history on the “Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth” walkingtalk

HIGHCLIFFE: from Slop Pond to High Society

This circular guided walk will take you along the beautiful coast path at Highcliffe from the Cliffhanger Restaurant. Booking essential on 01425 278058

100 years ago, American self-made millionaire and shopping magnate Harry Selfridge made the imposing stately pile of Highcliffe Castle his country home. I am delighted to have been invited to tell you more about both Harry and Highcliffe on walkingtalks from the Cliffhanger Restaurant. As we walk along the stunning coast path I will not only tell you about the Selfridges, but will also reveal other well-known people connected to Highcliffe, describe the area’s fascinating geology, the devastating effects of the 1987 hurricane and much more.

Morning (10am start) and afternoon (2pm start) walkingtalks, from the Cliffhanger Restaurant in Waterford Road, run on the first Tuesday of the month until September. An after-walk light lunch or cream tea is included in the package (price £15).

Booking via the Cliffhanger is essential on 01425 278058

Tuesdays April 5th, May 3rd, June 7th, July 5th, August 2nd and September 6th. Group bookings on alternative days can be arranged.

Be prepared: this is a moderate walk (about two-and-a-half-miles) and will include slopes and some steps with a good rail. Some of the paths are uneven and can be slippery. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather.  There is a pay car park next to the Cliffhanger restaurant and the X1 and X2 busses will drop you nearby in Lymington Road.

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hattie Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (group bookings on alternative days can be arranged)  The walk will take about one-and-three-quarter hours. 

The Cliffhanger is open from 9.00am, so if you’re tempted to have breakfast before the morning walk, or lunch before the afternoon walk, of course, you will be very welcome. Good coffee and teas are always available too.

Coast path pic

Walkingtalks … welcome to 2016 …

Look out for news of up and coming walkingtalks.  Hattie is busy researching new walks and will also include popular walks from last year in the 2016 programme.

HIDDEN SECRETS OF BOURNEMOUTH …  find out about the area’s history, famous residents and visitors and some of the town’s hidden secrets. This is a favourite walkingtalk from Hotel Miramar and it will return in the Spring.

HIDDEN SECRETS OF WESTBOURNE … Westbourne is full of history and has been home to many famous people. This popular walkingtalk will return in the Spring.

HIGHCLIFFE: from Slop Pond to High Society … this new circular walkingtalk will take you along the beautiful coast path between the Cliffhanger Restaurant & Highcliffe Castle.

ROMANCE AND SCANDAL IN BOURNEMOUTH … this entertaining and informative walkingtalk includes love stories, tragedies and some scandalous revelations.

THE DARKER SIDE OF BOURNEMOUTH … this new walkingtalk will tell you about murder, mystery, a ship-wreck and more …

WORLD  WAR  ONE  AND  TWO  BOURNEMOUTH … the town has a fascinating war history … these occasional walkingtalks are always enjoyed.

Look out for new walkingtalks in Southbourne, Highcliffe and Boscombe …

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Bournemouth photographed by Hattie Miles with thanks to the Aerial photography School and Andrew Plant at Bournemouth Flying Club

CHRISTMAS THEMED WESTBOURNE WALKINGTALK

Join Hattie Miles for a festive guided walk in Westbourne on Thursday 10th December and Saturday  12th December -10.45am start.

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

Meet in Westbourne arcade, close to the Seamoor Road entrance, ready for a 10.45am start.  

Price £6 (£5 for over sixties and students). No need to book – just turn up!

Walks take about one-and-a-half 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.

 

WESTBOURNE WALKINGTALK

Thursday 29th October and Saturday 31st October starting at 10.45am:  meet at the Seamoor Road end of Westbourne arcade.

Join Hattie Miles on a ” Wonderful Westbourne” walking talk: Westbourne is an area packed with interest. Whether you are a resident or a visitor you are sure to enjoy this circular guided walk which 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……

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

For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hattie Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (group bookings on alternative days can be arranged)

Be prepared:  This is a gentle, mainly flat walk, but I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather.  Public loos in Westbourne are situated in the main car park on Millburn Road – we do NOT walk past them!

The hidden secrets of Bournemouth

Join Hattie Miles for a circular walkingtalk from the Hotel Miramar, Bournemouth. The walks will take place on Thursday 16th April, Monday 27th April, Monday 11th May and Wednesday 13th May, all starting at 10.30am and finishing in time to enjoy coffee or a drink at the Miramar and maybe one of their delicious lunches. You will find out about some of the area’s history, famous residents and visitors, and some of the town’s hidden secrets.

Price: £6.00 (over sixties and students £5.00)  Meet in the hotel reception ready for a 10.30am start. Walks take approximately one-and-three-quarter-hours. There’s no need to book – just turn up!

Walkingtalkers can park in the Hotel Miramar’s carpark. Just let reception know you are there!

Be prepared: this walk will include a sloping zigzag path down to Bournemouth promenade and some steps with a good rail. I would recommend wearing comfortable shoes and dressing appropriately for the weather.  For more information see: walkingtalks.wordpress.com or contact Hattie Miles on hattiepix@gmail.com (group bookings on alternative days can be arranged)