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Famed for its sailing, the picturesque village of Itchenor sits on the eastern shoreline of Chichester Harbour just seven miles south of Chichester in West Sussex.
Itchenor is the perfect base from which to discover more of the Harbour, with the tiny Itchenor Ferry connecting the village to Bosham, across the harbour, for endless walking and cycling possibilities.
Chichester Harbour Conservancy is based in the village, the organisation which looks after Chichester Harbour, which is an Area of Outstanding Natural Beuty, for recreation, leisure, and nature conservation, and is responsible for the safety of navigation. Tour the harbour aboard the Conservancy’s Solar Heritage - a near silent, solar-powered catamaran which runs regular harbour tours offering a chance for visitors to get closer to the harbour’s wildlife and habitats, often including the seals which live in the harbour.
There are a number of fabulous walks which can be started in Itchenor including the harbour circular - find more here. Itchenor is also on the Salterns Way cycle route which leads to West Wittering beach in one direction and Chichester city centre in the other.
Itchenor Sailing Club welcomes visiting sailors with visitor moorings available. Sailing courses run from here for the very beginner to more advanced skills. Each summer the harbour is host to one of the most well attended regattas in the country offering plenty of chances to watch the racing.
Don’t Miss: The Ship for a great cup of coffee, ales, wines and spirits and locally sourced, freshly made food just 200 yards from the harbour-side. There's a sunny terrace and garden for warm days while winter offers cosy log fires to warm you. Another perfect pitstop for hungry walkers or cyclist is the Quarterdeck Café where light bites, lunches and excellent coffee await.
Whilst you are here, why not explore the other harbour villages in the area including: Bosham, East Wittering & Bracklesham Bay, Itchenor and Fishbourne. The county capital of Chichester lies close by and is well worth a visit with its wealth of cultural and shopping opportunities.