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Saturday, 28 December 2019

Saturday Walk - Chichester to West Wittering: New Lipchis Way

Length: 20.6 km (12.8 mi) [shorter walk possible]
Ascent/Descent: negligible; Net Walking Time: ca. 4 ¼ hours
Toughness: 2 out of 10

Take the 09.06 train from Victoria to Portsmouth Harbour and Bognor Regis (CJ 09.13, EC 09.23), arrives Chichester 10.39. You need to be in the front part of the train. 

[Thameslink-ites may take the 09.05 Brighton train from LBG and change at Gatwick Airport (09.36/09.42)]
Return: buses 52/53 (xx.01, xx.12, xx.41); trains: xx.09  and xx.39 (99 minutes journey time).
Buy a Chichester return.

Shorter Walk: cut out the canal stretch at the start by taking bus 52/53 from Chichester, outside Bus Station (xx.01/xx.16/xx.31/xx.46) to Birdham, Chichester Marina.

This is an easy walk along the final section of the New Lipchis Way. It starts in the historic cathedral town of Chichester and heads south, inland at first along a quiet canal, then a disused section of canal teaming with wildlife, then via the shoreline of Chichester's tidal harbour to West Wittering's wide sandy beach and East Head - a very pretty sand spit at the harbour entrance. Return to Chichester is by frequent bus.
The New Lipchis Way runs from Liphook to Chichester and is waymarked on OS maps. This is its final section. It has been adopted by Chichester Council, and is well waymarked.

Lunch: The Ship Inn (10.1 km/6.3 mi, food to 17.00) or - a little further along - The Quarterdeck Café both in West Itchenor.
Tea: The Old House at Home (open all day, dinner from 18.00), right by the bus stop for services to Chichester in West Wittering; or The Landing Coffee Shop, just around the corner from the pub (not sure about opening hours).

For walk directions, map, height profile, photos and gpx/kml files click here. t=swc.167


ramblinros said...

Please see my comment, on the Chichester to West Wittering, New Lipchis Way Walk, just added,

about the walk, including the stupid New Lipchis Way signs, showing direction of travel only by the orientation of the red sail on the Lipchis Way signs.

When I added my comment, it didn't seem to offer me the usual 'choose an identity' option, only the 'I'm not a robot'

Thomas G said...

n=4 incl. 1 first-timer in w=overcast-but-dry weather.
Canal-side paths were a bit muddy away from Chichester, and the remaining route was muddy in many places (much of which could be skirted by walking along the beach though), and we had plenty of standing water as well.
All 4 lunched at The Ship, which was busy but not fully booked. Service was friendly and quick, the food was tasty and quick, so we had time for a coffee before moving on.
The scenery opened out a bit after lunch, the houses got grander, the tide was going out, revealing mud flats and attracting even more birdlife. We then rounded East Head (sand spit) and finally reached West Wittering beach at around sunset time. 17.40 train.