Day 1: Morning

Solar Heritage

From Itchenor you can enjoy a 90-minute Harbour Tour aboard Solar Heritage, Chichester Harbour Conservancy’s solar powered catamaran. This virtually silent boat glides through the waters of the harbour, getting up close to some of the wildlife which calls the harbour home. You’ll learn about the inhabitants and history of this special place which is not only an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty but also a Site of Special Scientific Interest but is protected at National, European and International level in recognition of its significance for wildlife and habitats.

Day 1: Afternoon

Bosham

Widely renowned as one of the most photogenic locations on the South Coast.  Bosham is a hive of activity in warmer months, the village is a sailing hub, providing mooring for countless boats and yachts. Bosham Quay is a perfect people-watching location, and an ideal point from which to admire the views across the harbour in all seasons.

Footpaths lead along the shoreline in either direction, affording views of the village – keen photographers are highly recommended to experience the stunning sunsets above the coastline.

Recommended things to do in Bosham

Day 2: Morning

Route 88

Explore the Chichester’s peninsula by bicycle on Route 88, also known locally as Bill Way, which is a mostly flat and traffic free 16-mile round trip.

Starting at the Market Cross or Chichester Canal Basin and is mostly off-road all the way to the Visitor Centre at RSPB Pagham Harbour. It is full sign posted. Hop off your bike here and see some of the amazing wildlife that has made the reserve home.

Day 2: Afternoon

RSPB Pagham & Pagham-Medmerry Cycle Route

Pagham Harbour is an Internationally important Nature Reserve of over 600 hectares, made up of salt marshes and tidal mudflats, shingle, wet grasslands and reed swamps, and provides abundant and important habitats for a host of wildlife. The reserve fills and empties with the tide and changes in each season, offering flowering plants, butterflies, breeding and migratory birds. You may be lucky enough to spot seals, herons, voles and more in this quiet, peaceful setting.

Be sure to stop at the Visitor Centre to pick up a trail leaflet which will give you information on the many trails which criss-cross the harbour, and find out what the latest sightings are. Take a couple of hours to explore, watching and listening to the Reserve’s residents.

It is also possible to continue your travels from here for the 1.8 mile cycle to Medmerry Nature Reserve, the result of one of Europe’s largest managed coastal realignment schemes. Medmerry’s new intertidal wildlife habitats have become a haven for wildlife including birds of prey and many types of wetland birds, and you can while away the afternoon spotting them all.