Chichester Harbour Walks
As restrictions ease and the weather here remains mostly good, people are getting out and about to enjoy their time in the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Whatever our interests we all should remain vigilant and be respectful of social distancing guidelines. Things are changing week by week and the hope is that everyone can find their bit of space to follow their hobby whether it is on the land, sitting to enjoy the view with a picnic, or on the water, paddleboarding, sailing or kayaking
If you prefer to walk round Chichester Harbour, the latest self-guided walks are downloadable here:
Chidham Circular (9km / 6 miles): A shoreline and countryside walk of the Chidham peninsula in the Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with great views of the Bosham and Thorney channels and to the Harbour entrance. The middle section of the walk is tidal so check when high tide is before setting out and aim to reach that section at half tide if timings permit.
Easier Access Route - Itchenor (1.6km / 1 mile)
Begin in the Itchenor car park and follow the John Davis permissive path to the shoreline. Turn left and follow the path to a viewpoint looking across the Harbour to the Bosham Channel. Return the same way if you are using a wheelchair, or if not you can go via a path through the boatyard to reach the viewing platform by the Harbour Office.
Easier Access route - Emsworth (1.6km / 1 mile)
A stroll on good paths around the thriving Harbourside settlement of Emsworth with a choice of cafés and pubs. Check for high tide in order to
see the water and boating activity.
More pdfs will be posted on the Chichester Harbour Conservancy website when they are ready.
Please park your car with respect to the environment, businesses and residents. There has been a rise in a new phenomenon called ‘fly parking’ where cars are left on any bit of verge or even tight into hedges. Some of these seemingly empty spaces may still be homes to breeding birds as the nesting season isn’t quite over and grass verges are often managed for wildflowers, a source of seed and food for wildlife as the summer progresses. Help protect these spaces by parking only in designated locations. Why not park in Chichester and then cycle down to West Wittering beach along the quiet route of the Salterns Way or park in Havant and cycle down the similarly enjoyable Haying Billy route to the beach on Hayling sea front?
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