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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:star1 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Walking Guide star1 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Walking Guide star1 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Walking Guide star1 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Walking Guide star0 Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Walking Guide
West Sussex, Chichester Harbour
Walk Type: Coastal
Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular
Length: 6 miles,  Difficulty: boot Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Walking Guide boot Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular Walking Guide
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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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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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6 comments for "Nutbourne Marshes and Cobnor Peninsular"

Beautiful coastal walk. Good directions easy to follow. 😊

By Gina1951 on 27 Sep 2017

This was indeed a beautiful walk lots to see, wildlife was great. But even as a dog owner I would DC cech the ignorant lazy dog owners who do not even try to clear up after a pet, you could at least put it in the hedgerow off the path. But lovely day.

By Paul Compton on 14 Jun 2017

A visit to the Old House at Home pub would make an ideal break 3/4 of the way round.

By Bosham123 on 04 Jun 2017

Fabulous walk BluBelle enjoyed all the lovely smells of the fields, marsh land, was very wet underfoot and needs some good walking boots as quite uneven due to the ground being wet.

By blubelle on 06 Feb 2017

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

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

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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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Key Image (required)

This is the main photograph used to illustrate the walk and can, if you wish, be the only photograph used of the walk. We recommend that you use a picture that characterises the walk, if possible, to show potential walkers what they might find or see. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

There are many image editing and manipulation applications available, so many that we cannot make particular recommendations although almost all are excellent. Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. This creates a file that is well under 2Mb in size, contains plenty of detail and displays well in almost any browser. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission. If you are concerned about image theft then we also suggest you include a small watermark in any corner of the image, but please remember that large watermarks that hide the image will not be popular with viewers!

Pdf file

Pdf file for walk

Icon (recommended)

The icon is a small image, 60 pixels square, used to provide a label for the walk when displayed in lists or in iFootpath Mobile. It is recommended that a small, square image for such use is created and uploaded. This should be in JPEG, GIF, BMP or PNG format and less than 100Kb in size. If you do not provide an icon the walk will be automatically given a generic system icon. If you do upload a photograph for the walk icon its size will be checked by the system and it will automatically be resized to 60 pixels square. However, please also note that if the image is not square in format it may be cropped and you will not get the result you might have expected. Just thought you should know!

Getting There (required)

This provides a text area to explain how to get to the start of the walk. It is good to include a post code.

Preview

This function allows you to see how your published walk would look, before you submit as 'Ready' for review.

Status

When a walk is created and saved in iFootpath its status is automatically set to 'Draft'. This implies that you are still working on it and may want to come back later to add walk sections, images or other information. When you are ready for the walk to be shared with other iFootpath registered users then the status should be changed to 'Ready'. This will automatically notify the system that you want to share the walk. The system will check to ensure you have completed the required information and alert a reviewer. The reviewer will read through to check the content is clean and consistent with our terms of use. This does not check the accuracy of the walk details or any other information. If there are issues with the contents you will be contacted by email. The walk status will also be reset to 'Draft' in this case. More likely, however, that everything is fine in which case its status will be set to 'Published' at which point it becomes available for viewing and downloading by any registered user of iFootpath. This includes download to iFootpath Mobile.

Filters

Filters allow you to narrow down your search for walks of interest. By County restricts the list of walks to those in the selected County. The Filters links at the top of the list page allow you to jump quickly to the filters or to clear them.

Keyword Search

The Keyword search facility will search through the walk descriptions and notes to find words or phrases you specify.

My GPX Files

This page gives you the list of GPX files that you have uploaded from iFootpath mobile (or from other sources). You are able to view, edit, delete or download these files. Once you are happy with your GPX file you can 'convert to walk' to create a draft walk based on this data. This walk will appear under 'Manage My Walks'.

Manage My Walks

The list of walks presented are those you have written and entered into iFootpath. From here you can filter the list if you have lots to narrow down your search, list all or just those with a particular status. If you select a 'Published' or 'Ready' walk you will see a read-only version of your walk, although if 'Ready' you can reset status to 'Draft' again for further editing.

Walk Sections in iFootpath

Each walk section represents a particular piece of a walking route. The start and end of each section are defined by waypoints. Each section joins onto the next to form the complete walk. There is no limit to the number of sections a walk can have, but on a long walk we recommend breaking the route down into manageable pieces that are delineated by particular landmarks, turnings or changes in obvious route. Each section has its own photograph and descriptive text which should hold a photograph that illustrates the section and any instructions or other notes you want to add that may be of use in helping navigation or pointing things out.

Section Title (required)

The section title is used to provide a short name for the section. It is useful in section titles to provide an indication of the start and end, so using names of landmarks, roads, etc is a useful aid. Sections will be named automatically as the name of the waypoint at the end of that section. It is recommended that you rename the sections as something more useful to walkers.

Section Description (required)

This field is used to provide as much information as you wish about the walk section. This should include notes on navigation, even if obvious, and any further information you care to share about views, historical notes, things to look for, etc.

Key Image (recommended)

A picture can save many words and will often be very useful in helping to navigate or spot things along the route. The picture must be in any of the main image formats (JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG) and image files up to 2Mb in size are permitted. Once an image is uploaded it will be resized automatically and a smaller version saved that is optimised for viewing on both this website and iFootpath Mobile.

Our preferred way of saving images for iFootpath is to save or export them at a maximum size of 1024x1024 pixels as a JPEG file. Please be sure that you own the copyright to any images uploaded - you must have taken them yourself or have explicit permission.

Map Ref (optional)

This allows the OS Map reference for the start and end of the section to be entered. These should be in the format:

AB 123 456

Further details of this system can be seen on the Ordnance Survey website.

Start/End Point (optional)

This provides the facility to capture the co-ordinates for the start and end points of the walk section. iFootpath will automatically complete this field based on the GPX file used to create the walk.

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