New Year’s Day Quiz Walk

Find photos of this walk on the walkingtalks Facebook page …

Blow away the cobwebs on this fun New Year’s Day guided walk with Hattie Miles.  It’s a Quiz Walk with fun questions and answers on topics with local links including showbiz, football, architecture, famous people and local history.  There are no prizes but we aim for a jolly good and enjoyable time to welcome 2019. We meet in The Arcade (between Old Christchurch Road and Gervis Place) in Bournemouth town centre, near to Waterstones Book Shop.

New Year’s Day … 1st January, 2019 … twelve noon start

Price: £5 for all – no need to book, just turn up!

There are plenty of cafés and shops nearby for refreshments and shopping before and after the walk.

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. There are plenty of town centre car parks and if you travel by bus please check times carefully as it is a Bank Holiday.  We are a short walk from the bus terminus in Gervis Place near the Square. The walk will last approximately 90 minutes. 

To start you off … who are these famous faces and what are their connections to Bournemouth?
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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

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.

Rattenbury

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

MERRY CHRISTMAS !!

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.

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

 

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).

‘Christmas in Westbourne’ guided walk

Join Hattie Miles for a festive walkingtalk in Westbourne. This guided walk is on Thursday  15th December – 10.45am start. Meet at the Seamoor Road end of Westbourne arcade.

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

Price: £4.00 for everyone (special Christmas rate!) … No need to book – just turn up!

Walks take about one-and-a-quarter’ish 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.

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