A fine circular walk from Chichester Marina through fields with Chichester cathedral in the distance, before heading down to the harbour at Dell Quay to return towards the Marina along the waterside with fine harbour views, before finally also taking in Chichester canal.
The Marina was opened in 1966, can berth over 1000 boats and is the second largest marina in the country. The canal runs from the city of Chichester down to the Harbour and opened in 1823 as part of a larger canal scheme to carry cargo between London and Portsmouth.
Halfway, the 16th century Crown & Anchor at Dell Quay is an excellent harbour side pub whilst the stylish Boat House Cafe at Chichester Marina offers good value fayre.
A 6km walk along the wonderfully sandy beach of West Wittering and around the sand dunes of East Head with far-reaching views across Chichester Harbour to the Isle of Wight. East Head is the sand dune spit situated at the eastern side of the entrance to Chichester Harbour. It is a stunning example of a natural and dynamic coastal feature which is of great interest to environmentalists and ecologists because of its fragile nature.
East Head is on tidal sands. The walk is most enjoyable at low tide when large expanses of sand are revealed. When the tide is 4.6m or higher it is possible to walk through the dunes instead.
Although this walk is good at anytime of the year, be warned that the beach can be extremely busy on good summer days, as can the traffic to and from the beach, including West Wittering village itself .
Mostly flat or surfaced but check individual routes, no stiles or steps
Facilities vary according to individual walks
some walks accessible by bus
West Sussex County Council have produced an excellent booklet on Easy Access Trails in West Sussex. The walks are suitable for all including wheelchair and pushchair users, families, children with scooters, and less mobile people. Featured walks include Pagham Harbour, Arundel Park, Chichester Harbour, Chichester Canal, Southwater Country Park and Ardingly Reservoir. Many make excellent short walks, and are good options for winter walks. The booklet has very good maps and route descriptions to help you on your way.