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05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

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05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

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05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

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New Lipchis Way: Chichester to West Wittering and East Head walk

A quiet canal, the shoreline of Chichester Harbour, West Wittering beach, and East Head spit. Return by bus.


This is a list of previous times this walk has been done by the club (since Jan 2010). For more recent events (since April 2015), full details are shown.

Date # Post
Sat, 30-Dec-17 17

Saturday Walk - A Canal, a Tidal Harbour, a Sandy Beach: Chichester to West Wittering (New Lipchis Way)

Length: 20.1 km (12.5 mi)
Ascent/Descent: negligible; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¼ hours
Toughness: 2 out of 10

Take the 09.35 train from Victoria to Portsmouth & Southsea and Bognor Regis (CJ 09.42, EC 09.53), arrives Chichester 11.04. You need to be in the front part of the train.
Return: buses #52 or #53 (about 4 an hour); trains: xx.41 and xx.10 to 18.10, after that still 2 per hour but on different timings (from 89 minutes journey time).
Buy a Chichester return.

This is an easy walk along the final section of the New Lipchis Way. It starts in the historic cathedral town of Chichester and heads south, inland at first along a quiet canal, then a disused section of canal teaming with wildlife, 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. Return to Chichester is by frequent bus.
The New Lipchis Way runs from Liphook to Chichester and is waymarked on OS maps. This is its final section. It has been adopted by Chichester Council, and is well waymarked.
Lunch: The Ship Inn in West Itchenor (10.1 km/6.3 mi, food to 14.30). Tea: Old House at Home.
For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.167
16 walkers off the train (incl. 2 friends of regulars) and 1 other that took the route via Havant to catch us an hour into the walk, so 17 in dry with passing clouds type weather. Easy route finding with one or two exceptions. Quite busy with walkers and cyclists along the canal, as town gave way to countryside. Then another busy stretch along the approach to a large marina and after that we were almost always close to the tidal harbour and with the low tide mudbanks, birds and boats. Several stretches were between hedges so w/o views, and the paths were quite muddy in places after the recent rain falls, but that's all the negatives out the way. Lunch was had at the very busy but excellently run Ship Inn. Efficient and fast service, innovative, tasty and fairly priced food, excellent value. On to East Head's sand dunes and sandy beaches and then the proper East Wittering beach. Again with lots of people and a sunset that didn't quite produce a stunning skyscape, and off inland to the main road, where the main (slow) group got to the bus stop just as the 16.26 arrived. A perfect day.
West Wittering beach, of course
Sun, 06-Sep-15 8

Sunday First Walk - Sussex canal and coast

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 at 10:59. 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.
this walk sounds lovely, can someone kindly tell me (if they know...walk designer?) whether this walk would be ok for a four legged creature as well ? aware that lunchtime pub might not allow dogs but it is the actual walk route that i'm asking about ?
I'm aware of this:
"From May to September, dogs are excluded from the main swimming beach between groynes numbered 14a to 18 broadly corresponding to the area in front of the line of beach huts"

but it is the actual walk route I'm asking about ? if anyone's kindly got any info ? Thanks
you should be OK for most of the walk along the canal / sea front path ...

at the very end where you go out to the spit, that might be a problem as its on the beach, but i'm not sure if its in the "groyned" area
thanks Andrew
There were eight of us on this walk, including two visitors who randomly joined us in the middle of a two week holiday from Australia, and one four legged friend. We got a bit lost in the morning and I was more than usually relieved to reach The Ship Inn, where we all found space outside, even the people who had their own sandwiches, and met up with two seasoned walkers who had cheated slightly by driving to the pub for lunch. The afternoon was a very scenic and slightly wooded coastal path. Most of us ended up at the tea shop and bus stop in west wittering at about the same time and waited about an hour for the bus, which was delayed by an accident, then another half hour for the train from Chichester which was crammed full of noisy Italian teenagers. A long but happy day in brilliant sunshine.
Australian couple were on a European tour for four months and if they're reading this it was v.pleasant hearing about their adventures & travels plans! wish more travelers would join SW walks.. Dog walkers take note you can't really allow off leash walk because canal route is crossed by busy roads & later due to mudflats and wild birds nesting. Nevertheless dog loved his first SW walk and is booked for future ones!
Mon, 25-Aug-14 Chichester to West Wittering
Sat, 14-Sep-13 8 Chichester to West Wittering