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Best trails in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty

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Looking for a great trail in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, West Sussex? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, views trails, walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty ranging from 1.9 to 6.2 miles and from 19 to 134 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is a large natural harbor and is one of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in Southern England and remains relatively wild. Its wide expanses and intricate creeks are at the same time a major wildlife haven and among some of Britain's most popular boating waters. Chichester Harbour one of the south coast's most popular sailing waters and has competitive racing taking place among the 14 sailing clubs of the Chichester Harbour Federation. The villages, sea walls and footpaths are a popular leisure area for residents and tourists alike. The harbour has diverse habitats, including intertidal mudflats, shingle, saltmarsh, sand dunes, marshes and woodland. The mudflats provide feeding grounds for internationally important numbers of ringed plovers, grey plovers, redshanks, black-tailed godwits, dunlins, sanderlings, curlews and greenshanks. There are geologically important sand dunes and shingles at East Head and east of Langstone. Chichester Harbour is used for a wide variety of sailing, including dinghy racing; it is the venue for the 'Itchenor Gallon' race for the International 14.

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Map of trails in Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Acreage:
9,228 acres
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+44 (0)1243 512301
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Top trails (13)
#1 - Thorney Island
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 9.6 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
Essentially this route is a walk around Thorney Island. It starts and ends at Nutbourne, adjacent to Nutbourne Marshes. The route involves accessing MOD land. Entry and exit is via remote controlled gates and you will be asked for some personal details (home address etc) before you are allowed access. You will also need to negotiate a number of gates and kissing gates along the way. Some sections of path can get muddy at times. About Thorney Island: Thorney Island came to the notice of the Air Ministry in 1933 following a fatal air crash here. The potential for the island as an airfield was recognised during the crash investigation and, with war clouds gathering over Europe, the airfield was developed and commissioned in 1938. HM King George VI subsequently visited the Island on 9th May 1944. The Royal Navy took over Thorney Island station for a brief period in 1976 and, in 1980, West Thorney became host to many hundreds of Vietnamese families. The Island Station became an army base (Baker Barracks) at the end of 1984 when it was chosen as the home for 47 Field Regiment Royal Artillery.Show more
#2 - Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsula Coastal Walk
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 2 h 35 m
If you are looking for a coastal walk then you will be hard pushed to find a prettier one than this walk; arguably anywhere. The walk is around the coast line of Chichester Harbour. Starting at Nutbourne Marshes, renowned as a bird sanctuary, it takes us round the peninsula of Cobnor Point into the main body of Chichester Harbour and then along the top of Bosham channel, cutting back across the peninsular to bring us back to our starting point. NOTE: It should be noted that it is not possible to round the end of Cobnor peninsula for a short time at the very top of a spring tide so plan your walk accordingly. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate on this walk and no cattle or sheep. Show more
#3 - Fishbourne and Bosham Circular Walk
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 6.2 mi • Est. 2 h 30 m
This is a loop route taking in the meadows, mud flats, reed beds, farmland and quay around Fishbourne and Bosham, within the Chichester Harbour AONB. IMPORTANT NOTE: Spring high tides can flood some of the estuary paths so please check the Bosham tide times and time your walk to AVOID HIGH TIDES. The walk is virtually flat throughout with just a couple of very gentle slopes. The paths through the water meadows and fields can be very boggy and muddy so good boots are a must. Three of the fields you cross, the Fishbourne Meadows, are used to graze cattle so take particular care with dogs. You will need to negotiate a few steps, kissing gates and footbridges but there are no stiles on route. There are a couple of sections of walking on quiet lanes and you will need to cross an A-road a couple of times, so take care at these points. Allow 3 hours. Show more
#4 - Chichester Marina and Dell Quay
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.8 mi • Est. 1 h 44 m
A figure of eight walk from the exclusive Chichester Marina in West Sussex. The walk leaves the marina via a small woodland copse before following the coastal path north to reach Dell Quay and then returning south alongside crop fields. Throughout you’ll be able to enjoy the salty air from the harbour and the views across the coastline and inland across farmland. The walk is almost entirely flat, there are no stiles and just one kissing gate. There is one small section of road walking and you’ll need to cross the marina lock via the footbridge over the lock gates. The walk is evenly split with about half on tarmac or stone lanes and half on field edge paths which can be muddy after wet weather. Show more
#5 - Itchenor Circular Walk
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
A pretty circular walk starting and ending at the village of Itchenor at the edge of Chichester Harbour. The easy walk starts and ends along the foreshore of the harbour with lovely views of the activities taking place on the water with the South Downs as a back drop. The early part of the walk would be suitable for off-road mobility scooters and, although it would be necessary to retrace your route, would be well worth it for the views. There are plenty of seats provided along the early part of the route to sit and take in the scenery. There are two gates and one stile on the remainder of the route. No cattle or sheep were encountered however that may be different in your case. Allow 2 hours.Show more
#6 - Chidham Coastal Walk
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Please note that the lane near the trail head named Marsh Lane heading west out of Chidham is a private road. Please do not use this road. Show more
#7 - West Wittering Beach Circular
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 13 m
#8 - Salterns Way
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 12 mi
Route from the beach at East Head near West Wittering to Chichester city centre via Salterns Way, a cycle-friendly off-road path created a few years ago. The first bit includes a main road which can get a bit hectic, especially in the summer.Show more
#9 - Chichester Harbour and Canal
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 7.5 mi • Est. 3 h 21 m
A circular walk from Chichester Marina in West Sussex. Starting at Chichester Marina and travelling cross country to Dell Quay, the route continues walking by the side of Chichester Harbour before turning inland to reach the southern edge of Chichester. The return route follows the Chichester Canal back to the marina. The walk is essentially flat. There were no sheep or cattle encountered on the walk. There are both kissing gates and stiles to negotiate. A word of warning! The section between leaving the harbour's edge and reaching the A27 is not for the feint hearted. Not exactly Shackleton and South Georgia but a challenge non the less. So be warned. The walk is somewhat boggy through the early part of this section (particularly in winter) and overgrown in places in the later part. There are a few road crossings, including the A27, that need particular care. Allow 4 hours.Show more
#10 - Warblington Beach Circular
Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 57 m
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