Important information  - FP224 north of Christian Youth Enterprises Centre, Cobnor is closed from 09/11/15 until 05/12/15. Please use the Private Road shown in blue and extra take care.

Alternative route for FP224 09/11/2015 - 05/12/2015

We are improving a 700m stretch of the footpath which runs north from the Christian Youth Enterprise Sailing Centre at Cobnor, towards Chidham.

The footpath (FP224 - shown in red on the map) will be closed from Monday 9th November until Saturday 5th December - the work may take longer if we have bad weather.

Please use the Private Road (shown in blue on the map) and take extra care.

We ask you to bear with us whilst this work takes place - it will definitely be worth the wait!

Please check our website and Twitter for updates.

Thorney Island footpath is open but the two plank bridge remains closed (updated 24/09/15)

The footpath around Thorney Island is open again but the two plank bridge near Thornham Marina is still closed as it is unsafe. West Sussex County Council are aware of the problem and are dealing with it. Please use the alternative route shown on the signs.

Why not try a new route - scroll down to see a selection of suggested walks around the Harbour.

Please check our Twitter feed for updates.


Walking around Chichester Harbour is always a joy. There are over 90km of public rights of way through the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Many of these paths run right along the shoreline, giving fantastic views across the water. Others cut across farmland and through picturesque Harbour villages.

Below are brief descriptions of several walks. Full details can be downloaded as pdf documents. We recommend using OS Explorer Map 120 (Chichester) when walking in this area. All of these walks have been taken from A Walker's Guide: Chichester Harbour which can be purchased from the Harbour Office or local tourist offices for £4.

Alternatively join one of the guided walks sponsored by Chichester Harbour Conservancy

Suggested walks

Emsworth to Langstone 8km / 5 miles
This walk uses shoreline paths and an inland route passing Warblington Church and an attractive area of woodland. There are plenty of benches on this route, so take time to stop and admire the view.

Nutbourne Circular 6.5km / 4 miles

This walk starts at Chidham then crosses fields to reach the Harbour shoreline. From the shoreline, there are fine views across to Thorney Island. From Prinsted, the walk winds its way back past a small orchard and across farmland.

Chichester Marina to Dell Quay 7.5km / 4.5 miles
A figure-of-eight walk taking in one of the largest marinas in the country and the tiny village of Dell Quay which was once a busy commercial port.

Itchenor Circular 6km / 4 miles

A walk encircling the Harbour village of Itchenor, passing through farmland, attractive housing and along the shoreline path, with splendid views of the Harbour.

West Wittering to Itchenor Circular 7.5km / 4.5 miles

Starting in the pretty village of West Wittering, this walk follows a quiet lane down to the shoreline. From the shoreside path, there are fine views across to Bosham and the South Downs. The second half of the walk passes through a farm and across fields to complete the circuit.

West Wittering Beach & East Head 6km / 4 miles
A walk along the sandy beach of West Wittering and around the sand dunes of East Head with far-reaching views across to the Isle of Wight.

Northney Explorer 7.5km / 4.5 miles
Having crossed the busy bridge onto Hayling Island, you soon reach the tranquility of Northney. The 12th century church with its pretty courtyard makes a pleasant midway resting spot before continuing through farmland to a short stretch of the shoreline.

Thorney Island Circular 13.5km / 8.5 miles
The ideal walk for those who love sea views. However, go prepared as there aren't any shops or refreshment stops once on the island.

Two Villages and a Ferry 16km / 10 miles
Starting in the village of Bosham, the walk cuts across the peninsula then passes through reedbeds to a traditionally managed meadow. Heading down the Fishbourne Channel, the route goes through Dell Quay before arriving at Itchenor to catch the seasonal ferry across the channel.

Chidham Circular 8km / 5 miles
A circular walk with some of the best panoramic views of the Harbour. There is always something to watch on the water, whether it is groups of young people learning to sail or birds diving for fish.

Chichester to Bosham 7km / 4 miles

Starting in the heart of Chichester, this one-way walk leads through urban outskirts to the meadows at Fishbourne. The route then takes in sections of the shoreline before it reaches the ancient village of Bosham. This walk can be extended by following 'Across the Harbour'.

Across the Harbour 10km / 6 miles
A one way walk across the top of the Harbour channels, ending in the vibrant village of Emsworth. This can be extended as a continuation of the Chichester to Bosham walk.

Short Strolls and Wheelchair Walks

Around the Harbour are some hard-surfaced paths suitable for wheelchairs and pushchairs. This selection of walks all lead to viewpoints over the water, many include ideas for a picnic stop.


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Guided Walks and Activities 2015/16 - 13MB

Trip Feed

  • Christmas Songs with the Harbour Buoys


    A fun and festive evening of sea songs, shanties and carols in the company of Chichester Harbour-based band The Harbour Buoys.

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  • Photography


    Be inspired by the location and the guidance of professional Iain McGowan to photograph Chichester Harbour.

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  • Applique Birds and Boats


    Be inspired by the many thousands of birds that come to Chichester Harbour for the winter or the boats that are here in the summer.

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