of Chichester's key attractions is its close proximity to the sea, with
a plethora of opportunities for leisure and tourism. Sailing, walking
and fishing are popular pastimes, as are more progressive sports such
as windsurfing. The harbour itself has plenty of beautiful scenery and
wildlife, that is enjoyed by walkers, sailors and passengers on harbour
tours. There are 17 miles of well marked and lit channels.The harbour
itself is internationally renowned for it nature conservation, and has
its own harbour trust.
conservancy was established in 1971 and has a duty to conserve,
maintain and improve the Harbour for recreation and leisure, nature
conservation and natural beauty.' Source: Chichester Harbour Conservancy.
Harbour has 11 square miles of water, and 11 square miles of land.
Getting there by sea requires a map that shows the coast from Selsey
Bill to Portsmouth broken by two channels, which then split into small
tributaries as they move inland (with Thorney and Hayling Islands in
between). The eastern channel runs to Dell Quay, the place where some
would argue the first romans landed. The stretch continues to West
Ichenor (to the south-west), and a further arm running almost opposite
makes up the Bosham Channel, which separates Bosham and Chidham. If
unfamiliar with these water, consult charts and tide times, since there
a number of mud-banks in the smaller creeks. The tide goes out very
quickly from Dell Quay, Birdham and Bosham.