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Chichester Marina and Dell Quay

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Chichester Marina and Dell Quay
Author: clairesharpuk, Published: 28 May 2012 Walk rating : Rating:star1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar1 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UKstar0 iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
West Sussex, Chichester
Walk Type: Coastal
Chichester Marina and Dell Quay
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot iFootpath - walking guides and directions for the UK
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A 4 mile figure of eight walk from the exclusive Chichester Marina in West Sussex. The walk leaves the marina via a small woodland copse before following the coastal path north to reach Dell Quay and then returning south alongside crop fields. Throughout you’ll be able to enjoy the salty air from the harbour and the views across the coastline and inland across farmland.

The walk is almost entirely flat, there are no stiles and just one kissing gate. There is one small section of road walking and you’ll need to cross the marina lock via the footbridge over the lock gates. The walk is evenly split with about half on tarmac or stone lanes and half on field edge paths which can be muddy after wet weather. Approximate time 1.5 to 2 hours.

The walk starts from the free visitor car park in Chichester Marina (note camper vans and caravans are not allowed in the car park). The marina is signed off the A286 Chichester to Witterings road. Once on the access lane, the visitor car park is the first car park on the right. Approximate post code PO20 7EJ.

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Walk Sections

Marina Car Park to Saltern's Copse
Marina Car Park to Saltern's Copse

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Walk to the end of the visitor car park, heading for the flags and notice board under the canopy. As you reach the tarmac road, turn right signed as ‘Public Footpath and Bird Hides’. Continue past the vehicle barriers on the tarmac lane.

Over to the left you will see the many yachts and motorboats moored in Chichester Marina.

Follow the lane as it bends gradually left past the board yard on the left. Continue on the lane for some distance until you reach a low wall ahead with views out to the harbour. On the right you’ll see Salturn’s Copse.

Saltern's Copse to Shoreline Path
Saltern's Copse to Shoreline Path

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Turn right into the copse and after just a couple of paces keep left at the fork.

Salturn’s Copse is one of the few remaining areas of woodland around Chichester Harbour. The copse is a beautiful mixed old woodland with a range of species including ash, birch, hazel, hawthorn and holly. It takes its name from ‘salt pans’, salt evaporation ponds, which were located nearby and operated until the mid-1800s.

Follow the well defined gravel path ahead, with the harbour over to the left. As you emerge from the copse, cross over a narrow wooden footbridge to reach a crop field.

Shoreline Path to Inland Path
Shoreline Path to Inland Path

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Turn left here and follow the field edge path as it swings right following the coast. Follow this field edge path winding along the coastline enjoying the harbour views over to the left.

Chichester Harbour is one of the few remaining undeveloped areas on England’s south coast and remains relatively wild. Its wide expanses and intricate creeks are both a major wildlife haven and among some of Britain's most popular boating waters.

After a left hand bend, the spire of Chichester Cathedral will come into view ahead. Soon afterwards continue ahead on the shoreline path through a gap in the hedge via a narrow footbridge.

Keep ahead on the path with crop fields over on the right, until you reach the boundary of a property ahead, and you are forced to bend right, away from the shore.

Inland Path to Apuldram Manor Farm
Inland Path to Apuldram Manor Farm

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Continue on this path heading inland and then after just a short distance follow the path as it bends left. At the top of the field, pass through a kissing gate to reach a T-junction with the road.

(If you wish to visit the small village of Dell Quay turn left here and then return to this point when you are ready to continue). Turn right along the road edge, taking care as there are no pavements. Continue for a few hundred yards until you reach a cross roads with farm tracks.

Apuldram Manor Farm to Farm Buildings
Apuldram Manor Farm to Farm Buildings

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Turn right here signed as a public footpath and as the entrance to Apuldram Manor Farm. The local parish of Apuldram has had many spellings over the years and the jury is still out as to whether the name derives from the word ‘apple’ which may have been grown here or from the word ‘polder’, a Dutch word meaning low lying land which has been reclaimed from the sea.

Continue ahead for some distance down the tarmac farm access lane. During the Second World War the fields over to the right were the site of a temporary airfield constructed to help the Allied assault on Europe. This included two runways which were constructed with metal mesh, allowing the grass to grow through and meaning farmers could still graze their animals here when the airfield was not in use.

After a while you’ll reach an information board on the right explaining more about this airfield. Soon afterwards follow the lane as it bends first right then left. A short while later the track bends right and passes between the farm buildings.

Farm Buildings to Lock
Farm Buildings to Lock

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The main tarmac track bends left into the centre of the farm – do NOT go this way. Instead continue straight ahead marked as the Salturn’s Way cycle route.

Follow the track as it narrows and becomes a stone path. Follow this path between crop fields heading for Salturn’s Copse on the horizon ahead. At the end of the field, continue straight on, heading on the path under the arched trees through the left hand edge of the copse.

As you emerge from the copse, continue straight ahead along the narrow stretch of land with the harbour to your right and the marina to the left. Ahead you will reach the marina’s lock.

Lock to End
Lock to End

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Cross over the lock using the walkway on top of the left hand lock gates. (Note if the lock is in use you may need to wait for the gates to be closed until you are able to cross).

On the opposite side go straight ahead on the red brick path, with the mouth of the harbour still over to the right. Continue ahead onto the tarmac road and follow this as it swings to the left.

On your right now is Chichester Canal with its many houseboats. This canal opened in 1822 and runs for 4.5 miles from the harbour to the city of Chichester via two locks.

After some distance, fork left through a car park to pass through the centre of the marina facilities including The Spinnaker cafe and bar, shop and chandlery. Continue ahead to the left of the facilities block and follow the path with the marina immediately on your left. As the marina ends, continue just a little further to reach the visitors’ car park.

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