Salterns Way cycle route | Other suggested routes | Cycling in Hampshire and West Sussex

Salterns Way Resurfacing

Improvement works are currently taking place on the Salterns Way - the section affected at the moment is Sheepwash Lane to Itchenor Memorial Hall. 

  1. ​When you exit the field adjacent to Itchenor Caravan Park, turn left and continue down Shipton Green Lane until you reach the Y-Junction
  2. Turn left onto Itchenor Road and continue to the intersection with the B2179
  3. Turn right - you need to go just a short distance on this very busy road until you reach Redlands Lane, turn right onto Redlands Lane, continue past Wicks Farm camping site and turn left onto Sheepwash Lane

See the map here

COVID 19 Response

The Salterns Way cycle path is open but please use with care and maintain a distance of 2 metres from any other people you encounter.  

Please do not cycle on public footpaths.  There has been a rise in cyclists using waterside footpaths which are designed for walkers only.  Cycling on these footpaths is causing damage which is difficult and costly to repair.  Please stick to roads, cycle paths or bridleways, the Salterns Way cycle path is the best route from Chichester to West Wittering with great viewpoints along the way.

The Salterns Way cycle route

The Salterns Way is a 12 mile cycle route from the centre of Chichester to the sand dunes of East Head. Some of the route is on dedicated cycle paths and other sections follow country lanes and some roads.

The Salterns Way is managed by Chichester Harbour Conservancy and cycling is only possible because of the generosity of the landowners along the route.  Please respect their land and follow a few simple rules:
  • Observe Salterns Way signage along the route
  • Follow the designated cycle path and roads don't stray onto nearby footpaths or field margins
  • Use the gates provided and close them after you
  • Take extra care on the roads along the route as they can sometimes be busy

Chichester Harbour Conservancy does not accept responsibility for any loss, damage or injury arising from use of the Salterns Way cycle route.

View or download the Salterns Way routemap here.

Other suggested routes

A virtually flat circular bike ride. Use it as the basis for a great day out for cyclists of all ages. Take time to stop and explore the ancient village of Bosham and enjoy the Harbour views. With a ferry ride and lots of pub or café stops, this will be a pleasant ride to remember.
Chichester Harbour Northern Cycle route - 23km / 15miles
This ride is not recommended whilst Covid 19 restrictions are in place as it requires non-esential travel on public transport. 
A linear flat cycle route from Chichester to Havant stopping off in the Harbour villages of Bosham, Prinsted, and Emsworth. Enjoy splendid views of the Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty without having to leave your bike anywhere. There is a regular train service connecting Havant with Chichester. Along the way there are plenty of opportunities for café and pub stops and benches to enjoy a picnic.

Hayling Island Cycle Route 26km / 16miles
A loop ride on Hayling Island with splendid views to both Chichester and Langstone Harbours and to the wider Solent. The route is on a mix of cycle track and roads and has an optional extension to walk a short footpath to see one of the best views into Chichester Harbour.
Rides on the Manhood Peninsula - These cycle routes are mainly on minor roads or traffic free and give access to Chichester and Pagham Harbours and the new nature reserve to be created as part of the Medmerry Managed Realignment Scheme between Bracklesham and Selsey.

Cycling in Hampshire and West Sussex

The counties of Hampshire and West Sussex offer some great cycling opportunities.  Plan your next route by visiting Cycling in Hampshire or Cycling in West Sussex.