Southbourne to Chichester, Book 1 Walk 37
11.5 miles 18.5 km.
A meander along the coast of Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, with some inland sections. Lunch is in Bosham, an important harbour in days gone by. Its church is depicted on the Bayeux Tapestry
and bears marks where returning crusaders blunted their swords. King Canute's daughter is said to be buried there. So it's old.
Towards the end of the walk you have the opportunity to detour to the Roman remains at Fishbourne
(though this closes at 5 and costs £8.80) and in Chichester you have the cathedral
. It's an old one, full of old stuff. They also have a not-quite-so-old Chagall window and a Piper tapestry. Entry free, donations welcome, closes at 7pm. Trains
Get a return to Southbourne.
Get the 9.17
Portsmouth Harbour train from Victoria. (Clapham Jct 9:23) This takes you direct to Southbourne, arriving at 11:07.
(There's also a 9:30
Portsmouth Harbour train from Waterloo, changing at Havant for the London Victoria train (arr 1052 depart 11.01), arriving Southbourne 11:08. This South West Trains journey costs a little more)
Returning from Chichester:
The xx:15 takes you direct to Victoria. The xx:27 changes at Brighton. The xx:53 changes at Barnham. Lunch
The recommended pub is the Anchor Bleu
01243 572956 in Bosham, which serves food all day on Sundays (reduced menu from 3). There are also cafes at Bosham Walk Arts and Crafts Centre
01243 572 477 and Cumberland Gallery 01243 572 960
The Old House at Home
in Chidham 01243 572 475 is an earlier possibility. Open from 12. Tea:
Hadleys, 4 West St 01243 771 631 is recommended.
There is a Slug and Lettuce in South St.on the way to the station. Directions
in Book 1 or here
It is possible to finish the walk early by walking the 2 km from Bosham to Bosham station, where trains are at xx:47 changing at Barnham. Or xx:32 changing at Havant. Fishbourne is one stop down the line on the xx:47 (handy for the palace?)