One of Chichester’s best kept secrets (from visitors and locals alike) is the 200-year-old Chichester Ship Canal, just a 10 minute walk from Chichester City Centre. This secret waterway was once part of the former Portsmouth and Arundel Canal, which opened in 1823, and is now a hotspot for local wildlife including moorhens, coots, mallards, swans, herons, kingfishers, whitethroats, common sandpipers, spotted flycatchers, woodpeckers and much more.
The Canal links historic Chichester to the sea and is a leisure waterway. 75 minute scheduled return boat trips run up to four times daily depending on the time of year. Enjoy a boat trip to learn about the canal’s history, see unique views of local wildlife, the iconic Cathedral and the beautiful Sussex South Downs, or take the gentle four mile walk stretching from the Canal Basin to Chichester Marina. Alternatively, bring your kayak, paddleboard or canoe to take in the views from the water yourself – permits are available from the main office (photo credit Meryn Woodland).
Photography by Pete Neal, Rick Gately, Meryn Woodland, Brenda Melaniphy and Jade Masters
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