Chichester and East Lavant is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chichester, West Sussex, England that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and bird watching.

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It's a walk from the cathedral city of Chichester which follows a stretch of the Centurion Way surfaced path, a former railway, to reach the pretty village of East Lavant with its cricket pitch, pub and clear-flowing river. The return leg follows quiet tracks, lanes, parks and roads to return back into the bustling city centre where there are plenty of ways to while away the rest of your day. The walk follows surfaced paths for the vast majority of the way, with just two sections along grass. There are no stiles or kissing gates on route, but you will need to negotiate one single gate, some staggered barriers and ramps. The outward leg would be suitable for pushchairs and mobility buggies so the walk can be adjusted to be a ‘there and back’ easy access route. One short part of the return leg follows the edge of a road so take particular care on this stretch. Another part of the return leg is quite narrow so can be prone to being a little overgrown. Allow 3 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, there are several options. You could stock up on picnic supplies in Chichester and enjoy these in the circular grass meadow half way round, there are a couple of pubs half way round or you will be spoilt for choice with cafes, pubs and restaurants in the centre of Chichester at the end of the walk.

The walk starts and finishes from West Street, immediately alongside Chichester Cathedral in the centre of the city. With such a tall spire, it is fairly easy to find this landmark within the city. If you are coming by car, public pay and display car parks can be found on Northgate (just north of the city centre, approximate post code PO19 6AT) and Basin Street (just south of the city centre, approximate post code PO19 8PY). If you are coming by bus, Cathedral Bus Stops C1, C2 and C3 are on West Street at the start point of the walk. If you are coming by train, it is just a 10-minute walk from Chichester rail station to the cathedral.

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jaki lingard
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I just felt disappointed that from the cathedral you then have to walk through a town centre, through a large busy carpet then met with a long busy road, this to me is not child friendly so turned back

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Paul Heanes
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Good walk and into the City for the end

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Ben Barnes
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Malcolm Peskett
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Ben Barnes
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Ellen Petre
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Phillip Nangle
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Really nice walk along the Centurion Way (dismantled railway line). Second half had some scenic views prior to reaching the edge of town. One section was under about a foot of water, but luckily we had wellies. This was following the various storms at the beginning of 2020, so should be ok for the rest of the year.

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kerry hullett
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We parked in le chartres car park in Chichester which was quite reasonable as lots of the car parks are busy and expensive. Good walk for muddy weather as there is only one short stretch where it is a bit wet underfoot. Beware if you stop off at at the earl of march. nice pub but snacks quite pricey. last section of the walk is a bit tedious as it is through a residential street

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nancy nancy
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Great walk, no mud, two mid walk pubs and pretty thatched cottages to see too! Had a stroll round Chichester afterwards, recommend this for a lovely day out!

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Mike King
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Good walk - 2nd half slightly muddy but not too bad. Decided to stop off for lunch at the Earl of March - very nice! Took us about an hour and 10 mins to get to the Earl Of March so a good halfway point. Thanks!

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Alison Gamlyn
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Having seen the cathedral many times instead we opted to walk the North Walls instead. It's easily navigable on the map.

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Peter Merricks
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Very nice walk with good paths.

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Leanne Dennis
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Emily McBride
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Fiona Slugocki
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Paul Bennett
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Jack Lumbard
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Luba Deans
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Bernie Greystone
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tom horton
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tom horton
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Kayleigh Hunt
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Bernie Greystone
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Bernie Greystone
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