Stunning Chichester Harbour, one of four natural harbours on the West Sussex and Hampshire coastline, and an area of outstanding natural beauty. Relatively wild in appearance, Chichester Harbour is one of the few remaining undeveloped coastal areas in the south of England. Wide expanses and intricate creeks act as popular sailing waters, as well as a haven for wildlife.
A great variety of plants and animals live in and around the harbour. It is a site of special scientific interest, a wetland of international importance, a special protection area for wild birds and a special area of conservation. It is the most important single site on the south coast of England for some 52,500 waterfowl each year, as well as having internationally important numbers of five species of wildfowl and waders. A number of nationally rare plants also grow in the harbour, including orchids.
The harbour has 17 sailing clubs, all of which are members of the Chichester Harbour Federation and which hold regattas, open meetings and races throughout the season.
Throughout the year, visitors can enjoy harbour tours, guided walks and plenty of other activities. Take a trip on Terror, a beautifully restored Victorian oyster boat available for skippered trips between May and September. Or there’s the tour on Solar Heritage, a solar powered catamaran. The boat has an experienced guide talking about the environment of the harbour, and is able to get up close to many of the special birds and habitats. Chichester Harbour Conservancy also offers guided bird walks and boat trips during the winter months.
There is also a cycle route from Chichester to West Wittering that passes through the harbour, and a network of footpaths for walkers. The 3.5-mile West Wittering Beach and East Head walk is particularly lovely. East Head is an important sand dune feature at the entrance to the harbour, which has been slowly rotating anticlockwise for the last two centuries, and is a site of special scientific interest.
After experiencing the beauties of Chichester, you can reach us in less than 30 minutes down the A21/A27 for a bite of lunch, a relaxing dinner, and drinks.