ChIchester Harbour

One 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.

'The 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.

The 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.





More information about Chichester Harbour is available from Chichester Harbour's Official website .

Details of events at Chichester Harbour Conservancy - click here.