GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Chichester Canal

7 miles (12 km)

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.
The canal is great for wildlife so keep your eyes peeled for birds such as moorhens, coots, heron, kingfisher, whitethroat, common sandpiper, spotted flycatcher and woodpecker.
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 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.

Dog Walking

Please note that dogs should be kept on a lead at all times and should be discouraged from entering the water.

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.


The Chichester Canal - - 661954

Looking towards the Cathedral in the distance on a fine late spring morning. The canal (originally part of thePortsmouth and Arundel Canal) was opened in 1822 and took three years to build.

Chichester Canal - - 11592

Looking NNW from Poyntz Bridge, Hunston. Chichester Cathedral (SU8604) can be seen on the horizon. The canal, with a total length of 4 miles, was opened in 1822 and could accommodate boats up to 150 tons. Commercial use of the canal came to an end in 1906. It has now been restored and is an important habitat for wildlife. The former towpath on the west bank of the canal is a footpath from Chichester city to Chichester Marina.

Houseboats on the Chichester Canal - - 93903

Houseboats on the Chichester Canal. Each have their own individual ferry to get you to their front door. Looking west at the top of the square.

Chichester Canal Basin - - 93972

Chichester Canal Basin. Originally just a branch of a canal that was to link Portsmouth with London, Chichester is now the terminus of the restored canal that begins at Birdham. This view looks north taking in a festive visitor.

Cutfield Bridge - - 4680127

Cutfield Bridge.

Cyclist heading towards Crosbie Bridge - - 789116

Cyclist heading towards Crosbie Bridge

Hunston Bridge - - 758671

Hunston Bridge. By stopping at the Hunston Bridge you can look back and enjoy the view of the canal against a backdrop of Chichester Cathedral and the Downs – the same view painted by JMW Turner in 1828.

Chichester Marina - - 4670903

Chichester Marina


GPS Files

GPX File

Chichester Canal.gpx (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold>Download Linked File)

Memory Map Route

Chichester Canal.mmo (On Desktop:Right Click>Save As. On Ipad/Iphone:Click and hold >Download Linked File)