Enjoy a lovely waterside stroll along the Chichester Canal on this easy walk in Sussex. The walk begins in the centre of Chichester (near the train station and cathedral) following the canal towpath to Chichester Marina and Birdham where there are some great boats to see.
Although this is categorised as a walking route, cyclists can also enjoy the first section of the towpath from Chichester to Hunston.
To extend your walking in the area you could head south and enjoy a lovely coastal walk at the RSPB Pagham Harbour reserve. You could also visit the nearby Chidham Peninsula and enjoy great views of Chichester Harbour.
In the city itself the Chichester Walls Walk is a great way of learning about the fascinating Roman history of the area.
Chichester Canal Ordnance Survey Map - view and print off detailed OS map
Chichester Canal Open Street Map - view and print off detailed map
Chichester Canal OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking
Chichester Canal Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking
At the end of the walk there's the excellent Boathouse Cafe at Chichester Marina where you can enjoy refreshments after your walk. There's a light and airy dining terrace so you can sit outside on warmer days. The cafe is also dog friendly if you have your canine friend with you.
Further Information and Other Local Ideas
Just to the north west of the town there's the splendid Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve in the South Downs. The noteworthy reserve contains one of the finest yew forests in Europe, including a grove of ancient trees which are among the oldest living things in Britain.
On the western side of the town you could pick up the Centurion Way. This easy shared cycling and walking trail runs along the old Midhurst and Chichester railway track to West Dean.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Sussex Walks page.