05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

book3, swcwalks, walk167


05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

book3, swcwalks, walk167


05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

book3, swcwalks, walk167


05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

book3, swcwalks, walk167


05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

book3, swcwalks, walk167


05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

book3, swcwalks, walk167


05-Jul-10 • Andrew Murphy

book3, swcwalks, walk167

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.

Updated: Thu, 17-Jan-19

Date # Post
Sat, 30-Jun-18 4

Saturday Walk: Chichester to West Wittering

12.8 miles/20.6 km - or take the #52/#53 bus to Chichester Marina to cut out the first 3 miles along the canal
2 out of 10

An easy walk to the beautiful sandy beach and dunes at West Wittering. The route starts by following a canal to Chichester Marina, and then continues along the shoreline.

Return to Chichester is by a frequent bus service.

Trains: Take the 9:30 from London Victoria, arriving at Chichester at 11:06. Return trains at xx09/xx39 until the final direct train at 21:39.

Buses: The 52/53 bus runs between Chichester, East and West Wittering four times an hour during the day, slightly less frequently late afternoon/early evening. Times at West Wittering: 16:32, 16:56, 17:02, 17:26, 17:37, 18:16, 18:37, 19:16, 19:37, 20:46. The bus stop is next to the Old House at Home pub (recently re-opened).

Lunch: The Ship Inn, West Itchenor, (01243 512284)

Train seems to be at 09.36 from Victoria (09.43 Clapham Junction).
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Just 4 off the (late arriving) Victoria train for a walk in very hot and sunny weather. We stopped for ice cream (and a beer) at the Chichester Yacht Club, which seemed to welcome walkers. It would be a good option for an early lunch: there is a garden at the back with tables right by the water, the food looked quite reasonable, and the beer was fine. Then on to West Itchenor for a rather late lunch 3 picnicking by the slipway and 1 eating at the Ship Inn (which was serving food after 2.30pm from a van in the front garden). As we discovered later, there are better picnic spots only a little bit further along the route (as mentioned in passing in the walk introduction), and then also the Quarterdeck Café at Itchenor Shipyard with some tables outside (where apparently excellent paninis are served all day).

The afternoon walk, surprisingly shaded for much of the way, did much to revive our spirits, and approaching the coast, near Snow Hill, sunlight glinting from hundreds of parked cars told of the delights ahead of us. An out and back along The Spit, in the heat and glare, did not appeal as much as it might have done on another day, so we headed straight down onto the beach. Here, some 3 hours after high tide was sufficient sand to entice the weekend hordes, but red flags were flying and occasional announcements warned of strong currents and not to enter the water. (The online beach map suggests that this section of the beach around "The Hinge" is permanently red flagged.) Undaunted, however, 2 of our company braved some ankle deep water for a paddle and returned to tell the tale.

The final walk along the crowded beach to West Wittering, whether on the sand, the shingle near the top, or along the service road, seemed an unattractive proposition, so we retraced our steps inland towards Snow Hill and followed footpaths towards the church . Very pretty it was too. From there a route along tarmac paths, surprisingly well signposted, led across the beach access road and through housing to the main road and thence to the bus stop at the end of the mapped route where to our surprise there was no pub! This walker, at least, had not done his research properly. The pub is in fact some 400m north along the road from where the route is shown to end. (Honestly!) This we headed to, only to arrive just as the (20 minute delayed by sunny weekend traffic) 17.37 bus pulled up, so we jumped on board and reached Chichester in good time for the 18.39 train. A handy coffee shop on the platform provided some non alcholic refreshments for the journey home.

This walk could do with some proper (if brief) directions as the New Lipchis Way marking is sporadic in places and it is often unclear which path or turning to take. As it is, a map is really needed. Directions to the final pub would be useful as the location is not clear from the OS map; and the GPS route could helpfully be extended as far as the pub(!) where the bus also stops (and which is in fact the stop listed in the timetables and from where the return bus times were given in the current posting). In summer, the inland route from The Spit to West Wittering could be suggested as a pleasant alternative to the route along the beach.

Two of our group, who did the route in late December last year, thought it worked better as a winter walk.
Thanks for the detailed feedback.

For me, the highlights were the canal (in spring), and the sand spit at the very end, which few (no?) club walks have had time to do.

I'll check the GPX file, and add an "inland route" as an option
I was one of the pair that had done the walk on a club winter outing, and on that occasion we did go all the way round the spit in lovely winter afternoon light, with relatively few other people around. The spit itself didn't look crowded at all.
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