The Chichester Ship Canal is a leisure waterway linking historic Chichester to the sea - a historical monument to the transport revolution in Britain in the 19th century. The Trust is entirely manned by around 140 volunteers who crew the boats, run the shop, bailiff the angling and carry out maintenance and restoration work. The canal runs 4 miles from the Basin to the Harbour at Birdham and, today, the 2 miles as far as Donnington is navigable. The Trust has two canal boats, Kingfisher and Richmond, and offers both scheduled and charter trips throughout the year. The boats ply the two mile section of the canal between the Basin and Donnington; a beautiful stretch with excellent views and prolific wildlife.  Both boats can accommodate disabled passengers.

It is valued by local residents and holidaymakers who enjoy the many activities – narrow boat trips, rowing, canoeing, rambling, fishing, and cycling. Management of the activities and maintenance of the canal is the responsibility of Chichester Ship Canal Trust, who lease the canal from West Sussex County Council.

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