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Pagham Harbour Walk

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Pagham Harbour and Sidlesham Quay (PDF, West Sussex County Council)

  • 3.0km (1.9 miles) return trip (Shorter circuit – 1.1km/0.7 miles)
  • Easy Countryside Trial – one of a series of routes that may be enjoyed by all including wheelchair users, families with pushchairs – note it is a bit bumpy near Sidlesham Quay
  • Crab and Lobster pub (accessible to wheelchairs) in Sidlesham

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This walk is a short circular easy access trail from the Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve visitor centre. The area is one of the few undeveloped stretches of the Sussex coast, and an internationally important wetland site for wildlife with interest in all seasons for flowering plants, butterflies, summer breeding birds and the winter visiting seabirds. This walk is a little inland from the sea.

Part of the walk follows the track of the old light railway known as the ‘Selsey Tram’, which ran between Chichester and Selsey until 1935. The walk takes you past an accessible bird hide with good views all along the margins of the harbour as far as Sidlesham Quay, an attractive little mill hamlet at the top of Pagham Harbour.

Easy Countryside Trails in West Sussex

Easy Countryside Trails (PDF, West Sussex County Council)

  • 14 walks from 0.3 miles to 2.7 miles
  • Mostly flat or surfaced but check individual routes, no stiles or steps
  • Facilities vary according to individual walks
  • some walks accessible by bus

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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.