Chichester Marina, Chichester and Dell Quay Circular
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Combining the shoreline of Chichester Harbour, the bustle of Chichester Marina and the tranquillity of Chichester Ship Canal with the addition of some typical English woodland and countryside and a visit to Chichester itself, this is a very varied walk. The photos were taken on a cold, wet January day but the walk is likely to be at its most rewarding in spring. There is about 20 minutes of walking along the unlovely Terminus Road Industrial Estate in Chichester, made necessary by the demise of a footpath over the A27 but why can’t Industrial Estates be just as interesting as hedgerows? Discuss as you plod along.
As a circular walk it could be commenced at a number of points. Those using public transport might prefer to start at Chichester canal basin but the short road-walk from here is not the most auspicious beginning. Buses to the marina and to Hunston and Donnington, all from Chichester, stop en route. Those wishing to start or end with a pub might prefer to begin at Dell Quay and make use of the superbly positioned Crown and Anchor, which serves food all day.
We saw plenty of wading birds on the harbour shoreline as well as moorhens and a solitary kingfisher along the canal. Those interested in industrial archaeology have the Chichester Canal to consider, as well as the remains of the Selsey Tramway. Chichester Harbour has plenty of history, going back even before the Romans made extensive use of it.
England - South England - West Sussex - South Downs
Birds, Butterflies, Cafe, Flowers, Gift Shop, Industrial Archaeology, Mostly Flat, Pub, Public Transport, Restaurant, River, Sea, Wildlife, Woodland
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