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.


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



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: or contact Hatte Miles on (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: or contact Hattie Miles on (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 …


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

October walkingtalks … thank you!

Thank you everyone who came on my “Hidden Secrets of Bournemouth, “Language of Colour” and “Wonderful Westbourne” walkingtalks during October.  Without you the walks would not be so much fun!!  For November and December I have various Christmas themed walks and hope some of you will come along for those.  Good wishes and keep walking 🙂