Chichester District occupies the western part of West Sussex, and is divided by the South Downs escarpment, with the northern part being in the Weald, composed of a mixture of sandstone ridges and low lying clays known as the Western Weald. To the south the downs give way to a flat coastal plain and the large natural inlet of Chichester Harbour, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. This all makes for some good varied walking.
The district is predominantly rural. Other than the attractive small city of Chichester itself, there are only a few small towns – Petworth, Midhurst and Selsey. Sights worth seeing include Chichester Cathedral, the ruins of the Tudor mansion Cowdray House, the ‘glorious’ Goodwood Estate and Racecourse, the 17th Century Petworth House, and the Weald and Downland Open Air Museum with its collection of traditional buildings, rescued and re-located in a downland setting.