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|Author: mike evans, Published: 01 Apr 2016||Walk rating : Rating:|
|West Sussex, Chichester Harbour|
|Essentially this route is a walk around Thorney Island. It starts and ends at Nutbourne, adjacent to Nutbourne Marshes. |
The route involves accessing MOD land. Entry and exit is via remote controlled gates and you will be asked for some personal details (home address etc) before you are allowed access. You will also need to negotiate a number of gates and kissing gates along the way. Some sections of path can get muddy at times.
About Thorney Island:
Thorney Island came to the notice of the Air Ministry in 1933 following a fatal air crash here. The potential for the island as an airfield was recognised during the crash investigation and, with war clouds gathering over Europe, the airfield was developed and commissioned in 1938. HM King George VI subsequently visited the Island on 9th May 1944. The Royal Navy took over Thorney Island station for a brief period in 1976 and, in 1980, West Thorney became host to many hundreds of Vietnamese families. The Island Station became an army base (Baker Barracks) at the end of 1984 when it was chosen as the home for 47 Field Regiment Royal Artillery.
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.
|Start to Thorney Sailing Club|
Start point: 50.8424 lat, -0.8975 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.
|Thorney Sailing Club to Great Deep|
Start point: 50.816 lat, -0.9084 long
Continue past St Nicholas Church and you will meet a road with the Thorney Sailing Club on the opposite side. The footpath leaves the shoreline here to pass behind the sailing club. Turn right along the road and left in about 50 metres to walk through the car park. Keeping to the left, a fingerpost points you back towards the shore at the end of the car park. Keep again to the shoreline as the walk continues.
|Great Deep to Prinsted|
Start point: 50.8304 lat, -0.9385 long
After passing through the MOD gate, proceed still on the coastal path until you reach a group of buildings built on stilts. As you approach these buildings there are shrubs on the right. Turn right to follow a path inland behind the shrubs. You will pass the first of the buildings which will now be on your left. The path proceeds now with hedging on both sides.
|Prinsted to End|
Start point: 50.8402 lat, -0.9137 long
Once you reach the Prinsted Scout HQ, bear left on the road and follow it as it goes north through the village with houses on both sides of the road.
Text and images for this walk are Copyright © 2016 by the author seekin and may not be reproduced without permission.
East gate access is not working, impossible to access footpath on MOD site. 13.7.17
|By FiGo on 15 Jul 2017|
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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