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Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular

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Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular
Author: mike evans, Published: 01 Mar 2016 Walk rating : Rating:star0 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsularstar0 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsularstar0 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsularstar0 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsularstar0 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular
West Sussex, Chichester Harbour
Walk Type: Coastal
Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular boot Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular
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If you are looking for a coastal walk then you will be hard pushed to find a prettier one than this walk; arguably anywhere. The walk is around the coast line of Chichester Harbour. Starting at Nutbourne Marshes, renowned as a bird sanctuary, it takes us round the peninsula of Cobnor Point into the main body of Chichester Harbour and then along the top of Bosham channel, cutting back across the peninsular to bring us back to our starting point.

NOTE: It should be noted that it is not possible to round the end of Cobnor peninsula for a short time at the very top of a spring tide so plan your walk accordingly. There are no stiles or gates to negotiate on this walk and no cattle or sheep.

Nutbourne is on the A259 between Chichester and Emsworth. On entering Nutbourne from either direction look out for Chichester Caravans on the north side of the road. Directly opposite is Farm Lane. The walk starts about 200 metres down Farm Lane at the point where the houses end on the left-hand side. There is sufficient parking on the verge for 5 or 6 cars. The approximate post code is PO18 8SB.

There is also a very good bus service to take you to the start of this walk. The bus number is 700 and the stop name is Nutbourne. The service currently runs every 20 minutes during most of the week (correct March 2016) and drops of and picks up at the top of Farm Lane.

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Walk Sections

Start to Beach
Start to Beach

Start point: 50.8425 lat, -0.8974 long
End point: 0 lat, 0 long

Start the walk by going in a southerly direction following the path between a high flint wall on the left and open marshland on the right. The going here is always good, the path having been made up with scalpings by the ‘Friends of Chichester Harbour' in 2014. To your right is an area which up until 1920 was a mill pond with a tidal mill. The remnants of the mill footings can still be found in the grass at the south-western corner of the field.

The area now comes under the protection on Chichester Harbour Conservancy. According to their website, the harbour is visited by 55,000 birds annually including 10,000 Brent Geese during the winter months, so there is plenty to look out for.

The path takes us down to the water's edge where we turn left. Continue along the path as it arcs around the bottom of the Nutbourne Channel and, if you are walking during the winter months, you will now certainly be in the sight and sound of a number of those 10,000 geese. Also keep an eye out to your right into the harbour if the tide is not out, as there are usually seals in Chichester Harbour. I have seen a seal pop its head out of the water in this area more than once. You pass an area of trees on the left where a kingfisher has recently been seen. At the end of the trees, as the sea wall ends, the harbour edge turns to the right. Take the new path in front of you.

This path takes you away from the harbour edge, bypassing an area where the sea has destroyed the original path. The path is straight until close to the end where it bears right. As you approach the end, to the left is a flat area of farmland and you will have to use your imagination to picture the flying boat construction site that lived here during the 1930s.

To the right and across the channel is Thorney Island, an RAF station during the Second World War. The RAF vacated the Island in 1974 and it was subsequently the host of several hundred Vietnamese migrants before becoming the current home of the Royal Artillery. Also on the island you will see the long single story building which houses Thorney Island Sailing Club. To the right of it is St Nicholas church which is the guardian of the graves of a number of both allied and German airmen who perished in the area.

Beach to Seat
Beach to Seat

Start point: 0 lat, 0 long
End point: 50.8226 lat, -0.89 long

At the end of the path the walk drops down onto the shingle of the beach. Turn left and walk along the shoreline with trees on your left. It is the area immediately in front of you here where on high spring tide you will not be able to continue (not unless you are wearing wellies that is). If you are caught out here you will have no option but to either return the way that you came or wait it out.

As you continue on around the shoreline you will quickly meet the main channel of Chichester Harbour. As you reach this, look to your right and you will see the remnants of two lines of stakes stretching out across the top of the Thorney Channel. These are the remains of an abortive attempt to drain and reclaim the channel which was made in the 1870s.

You will shortly pass a hide built by Chichester Conservancy on the left. There are two seats here which you might care to avail yourself of, if you wish to take in the view.

Carrying on, the end of the trees is reached and at this point take the steps up on the left to join a formal path. Turn to the right and stay by the edge of the harbour. Shortly the path splits into two. Take either branch as they quickly join again to continue on as a single path. Ahead of you now is a slightly more formal seat and again an excellent place to take in the local views of the sailing activities or the more distant views to the west of the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth and south-west of the Isle of Wight.

Seat to End
Seat to End

Start point: 50.8226 lat, -0.89 long
End point: 50.8116 lat, -0.8766 long

Continuing our journey on, the path is now surfaced with tarmac. This stretch of the path has especially been made up to allow disabled access. Eventually the path turns left and then, after 20 metres or so, turns right. Follow the path as it passes between a number sailing dinghies with Cobnor House in the near distance on your left. Cross a drive and the path continues ahead over a short area of open grass with a wooden fence on your left and a car park beyond that. The path continues now with a hedge on your right, shortly reaching the drive to the Christian Youth Enterprise Centre (CYE).

Follow a fingerpost ahead, to walk to the left of the boundary hedge for the centre, turning right at the end and returning to the harbour edge. Turn left to continue alongside the harbour. At this point you will have a view down the Bosham Channel to the very pretty village with its historic church of the Holy Trinity.

Continue along the path until it bends sharply left and then shortly as it bends right you will see a three way fingerpost. Turn left here, away from the harbour and keep to the left of a hedge to cross a field and meet the tarmac drive to Cobnor House. Turn right and follow the road to a T-junction with a triangle of grass in the centre. Turn left here and, in a short distance as the lane bears right, take a path up on your left at a fingerpost through some trees. The path soon meets a field. Turn right keeping to the edge of the field with the trees still on your right. At the end of the trees, as the path bears left and then right, we meet a ditch.

Keeping to the left of the ditch, follow the path until it reaches a road. Turn left and now follow the road. After about 500 metres you will see a line of poplar trees on your left. These are the toothed remnants of a once proud line of poplars which stood here before the 1987 hurricane. Turn left here and follow the path to the left of the poplars. At the end of the tree line our path continues across fields. Keep close to the left-hand side of the fields and adjacent to a ditch. At the end of the fields we reach the harbour once again. Climb the bank to rejoin our original path and turn right onto it. From this point you will be retracing your steps back to the start. Follow the path back around the bottom of the Nutbourne Channel until you turn right at a fingerpost, crossing a field to return to the starting point.

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2 comments for "Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular"

A slightly shorter version (4.75m) of this walk starts at the pub "The Old House at Home" in Chidham PO18 8SU. A fantastic walk that we've done many times over the years.

By jnazz99 on 02 Aug 2016

Lovely walk, but wish dog owners would clear up after their dogs! Spent half the time for first couple of miles looking at where we were walking rather at beautiful scenery

By Stevie27 on 29 Aug 2016

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Nutbourne Marshes
5626_1seekin1456827500 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Image by: mike evans
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Path bypasses original path which has been damaged by errosion
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Looking north to Bosham and the South Downs
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Cobnor House


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