Book 1 walk 37
11.5 miles 18.5 km. Difficulty: 3/10
Through Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, sometimes along the coast, sometimes inland. Lunch is in Bosham, once an important harbour. The church there is shown on the Bayeux tapestry
and has marks where returning crusaders blunted their swords. So it's old. Chichester Cathedral
is old too, and it's full of old stuff. They also got a Chagall window and a Piper tapestry. Entry is free, closes at 7pm. Worth visiting after the walk.
On the way to Chichester, you pass near the Roman remains at Fishbourne
, though you’d have to make good time to visit (closes at 5 and costs £9.50). Trains
Get the 9:33
Bognor/Southampton train from Victoria. (Clapham Jct 9:44) , arriving Southbourne at 11:29
Get a return to Southbourne.
Return trains to Victoria from Chichester: at xx:32 (fastest, direct) and a slower one at xx:53 changing at Angmering.
(You can also travel from Waterloo. This SWT return costs more. 9:30 Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo, change at Havant for the 11.18 to Victoria, arrive Southbourne 11:24. Return to Waterloo (changing at Havant) at xx:35 and xx:21) Lunch
The recommended pub is the Anchor Bleu
01243 572956 in Bosham, There are also cafes at Bosham Walk Arts and Crafts Centre
01243 572 475 and Cumberland Gallery 01243 572 960.
An earlier possibility is the Old House at Home
in Chidham 01243 572 477, a gastro pub open from 12.
(To find it, either carry on past Chidham church, following the road round to the right, or (more simply) stay on Cot Lane as you approach the village to reach it from the opposite direction.) Tea:
The Cathedral's Cloisters Café is recommended but closes at 4 on Sundays. Starbucks at 13 North Street. is open till 6:30. There’s a Wetherspoons, The Dolphin and Anchor
, in West Street 01243 790280 and an (untried) craft beer / cocktail bar, The Chantry
01243 792012 in South Gate. That's enough to be getting on with. Walk Directions here