Where the land meets the sea
With long sandy beaches, picture perfect villages, pretty creeks, an abundance of wildlife and some of the most stunning scenery in the South of England, it’s no wonder that Chichester’s coastline has remained a firm family favourite for generations.
Whether or not you’re usually a beach goer, the unspoilt coastline and extensive sandy flats of West Wittering Beach are a must-see. Forever popular with wind and kite surfers, families flock to the beach during the summer months but it’s left largely deserted during the remainder of the year. A walk along the beach and around the sand dunes of neighbouring East Head make for the perfect winter walk, whilst offering far-reaching views across to the Isle of Wight.
It comes as no surprise that Chichester Harbouris an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Of national and international importance forlandscape and nature conservation, the natural harbour is home to rare wildlife, birdlife and costal habitats that can be seen from land or sea. With around 27 square miles of navigablewater to be explored - alongside mudflats and saltmarshes - why not jump on board or join an organised boat trip? If you time it right you may even catch a glimpse of one of our resident harbour seals!
For those who prefer to have their feet on firm ground, Chichester Harbour is home to several postcard-perfect waterfront villages, offering the chance to kick back, relax and soak up the views while enjoying a lazy pub lunch. From Bosham (one of the most photographed villages in South East England) and the pretty sailing retreat of Itchenor, to Fishbourne - also home to the largest roman villa in Britain – you’ll be spoilt for choice.
Standing at the tip of West Sussex is Selsey Bill, another long-time firm favourite with families and holiday makers. Selsey and neighbouring Bracklesham Bay are regarded locally as some of the best beaches in West Sussex, while the local delicacy Selsey Crab, which can be purchased straight off the beach, is widely regarded as some of the best in the world. This part of the coast also takes in Pagham Harbour which is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and attracts tens of thousands of birds every year.