Ex-Bournemouth Echo photographer, Hattie Miles starts the new year with a brand new set of Walkingtalks following her Victorian Christmas guided walks in December.
These guided tours are to celebrate the year of the dog and are called “Walk, Woof and Wag” dog walk.
Video by Maddie Marlow
This is a free dog walk and welcomes anyone with well behaved canine’s aiming to raise money for the PDSA.
Dogs and owners will meet on February 10th ready for an 11am start outside of the main entrance of the Sovereign Centre in Boscombe pedestrian precinct.
The walk will be led by Hattie Miles and is supported by the local business community and Coastal BID.
Hattie runs guided tours in Bournemouth, Boscombe and Westbourne.
She said: ”I’ve met a lot of interesting people on these walks.”
Before Christmas Hattie ran some guided Victorian Christmas walks around Westbourne.
“They are victorian themed because Westborne is fundamentally a victorian based development,” said Hattie
The walk featured Westbourne Traders christmas shop displays and gave walkers the opportunity to learn that there’s a parallel between the development of Westbourne and how we celebrate Christmas at the moment.
Audio by Maddie Marlow
History behind the walk came from Queen Victoria and when she was on the thrown christmas wasn’t celebrated and it was just an ordinary day.
It wasn’t until Queen Victoria married Prince Albert, who was german and brought his Christmas to Britain, from then on we started to celebrate the annual holiday.
People come from all over the country to Hattie’s walks, with mainly people over 55 attending.
Cathy, a regular walker: “I’ve been coming to the walks for 2-3 years now and I’m actually from Chesterfield in Derbyshire but we come down to Bournemouth a lot and we heard of Hattie’s walks and wanted to learn a little bit more about the area. “
Hattie said: “Generally they are people over 55, people when the retire and work less want to fill their time with something educational, something that tells them a bit about the world”
For people, who are retired and live alone, the walks provide the chance to meet some new people and to learn something you perhaps wouldn’t have previously known about your area.