History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’

‘History & Horrors: a Boscombe Journey’ is a circular guided walk with Hattie Miles that will take you from Shelley Manor to the sea. We’ll discover the area’s connections to the Shelley family, hear tales of characters created by famous authors with local connections and uncover some of Boscombe’s past and hidden secrets.

Tuesday morning 27th August, starting at 11am.

Tuesday morning 3rd September, starting at 11am.

Price: £6 (over sixties and students £5) … No need to book, just turn up!

Meet outside the Shelley Theatre café at Beechwood Avenue, Boscombe, BH5 1LX ready for an 11am start (The café is open from 10.30am – 3.30pm and serves good coffee, yummy cakes and light lunches).

Be prepared: this walk includes a sloping path down to Boscombe promenade plus a walk up a zigzag path, and a few 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. There is plenty of on-road parking in the area. Please do not use the car park at the Shelley as, in the daytime, it is for use of the medical centre there. Various buses take you to stops on Christchurch Road, a ten minute stroll away from the Shelley Theatre along Crabton Close Road or Chessel Avenue. The café is open from 10.30am to 3.30pm and serves light refreshments, good coffee and yummy cakes. AND the café has just introduced doggy ice-cream to it’s menu … so if you bring your dogs on the walk they can have a treat too!! The guided 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).

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 … find Hattie at reception or out on the terrace. 

Monday morning 29th July starting at 11am … and

Sunday afternoon 4th August starting at 4pm

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 …

Discover Hotel Miramar’s fascinating history and some of Bournemouth’s intriguing secrets.

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).

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

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?

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