Extra Walk 167 – Chichester to West Wittering
Length: 20km (12.4 miles) Toughness: 2 out of 10 09:17
Portsmouth Harbour/Littlehampton train from Victoria
(Clapham Junction 09:23, East Croydon 09:33) arriving Chichester
. Make sure you’re in the Portsmouth Harbour section of the train
Buses from West Wittering to Chichester Station are at xx:06 (journey time 31mins) and xx:46 (journey time 21 mins) until 18:46 (last bus). The xx:46 connects nicely with direct return trains to Victoria which leave at xx:15. There are also return trains at xx:23, involving a change in Brighton and taking just over 2 hours in total.
If you decide in advance to have dinner in Chichester before returning on the 20:15 train, you could purchase Advance rail tickets each way for a total of £19.00 (£11.00 out; £8.00 back), compared to £28.90 for the Off-Peak Day Return. A Railcard will give you a third off all these fares.
We have heard, from a helpful guard, that it’s possible to buy a Southern Daysave ticket for £15.00, allowing one day’s travel anywhere on the Southern region. These tickets can reputedly be bought only in person from tourist offices, and not from rail ticket offices or machines or online. Do tell us if you succeed in buying one of these.
This coastal walk in West Sussex has impressed those who have tried it: “A tremendous walk” … “absolutely lovely”. It follows the final section of the New Lipchis Way, starting out along a quiet canal and then via the shoreline of Chichester's tidal harbour to West Wittering's wide sandy beach and East Head - a very pretty sand spit at the harbour entrance.
The recommended lunchtime pub is the Ship Inn
(01243 512284.) at West Ichenor. Do ring to reserve a table when setting out from Chichester.
Detailed walk directions are unnecessary, since you simply follow canal & shoreline, but a brief description of the route is given in the Walk Notes