A lovely, circular 5 miles walk around Chidham with the option of refreshments on the way. The walk starts at the Cobnor Farm Amenity Car Park (free but small and height restricted). Leaving the car park at the far end we turn left soon, following the foot path towards Bosham Channel. After a few minutes later, we already see Bosham and its church on the other side of Bosham Channel. Here is where we turn right and follow the footpath along the channel.
At low tide there are plenty of birds on the mudflats. Further down the path, we stop and turn around and enjoy another nice view of Bosham.
The path follows the shoreline until we reach a house boat that is used as accommodation by Christian Youth Enterprises. The path is now turning land-inwards, along a small boat yard, a playground and other facilities that seem to belong to the accommodation boat. This is where we spot the “Tunnel of Love”….
The path is sign-posted and soon returning to the shore line onto a section that is wheelchair friendly. We enjoy some stunning views, taking a short break on one of the benches along the path.
At this point we’ve done about a third of the walk. Soon we are coming to a stretch that is often flooded at high tide. We are lucky and can continue our walk along the beach with dry feet. There is a bird watching shelter overlooking the sea and mudflats. Apparently, seals have been sighted here in the past but they are not there today. I will have to wait to see my first seal in nature…
The small beach is lined with old oaks, some half grown into the sea. A lovely but unusual view. Oaks on the beach is something that I’ve not seen anywhere else than in this area.
After a while the path turns land inwards again. It stays close to the coats but is now leading through the fields and farmland. On one of the field is growing a solitaire tree that is battered by the wind. I have to get my camera out again to take another picture.
The pictures show it, the weather has changed from the beginning of our walk. We hope to stay dry. The path returns to the shore line but after a few hundred yards it forks and that is where we turn right. It passes a ditch which is always muddy and then continues through farmland and fields.
When we reach a tarmac road, we turn right again, walking towards Chidham. If you fancy some drinks or food, you’ll see the The Old House at Home to your right. We stop for some drinks. It’s a nice pub where we have been before. To the back, it also has a lovely inviting pub garden.
After some refreshments and a short break for our feet we continue. It started to rain and we welcome the church that is almost on our way and open to visitors. It is an impressive little church. I’m not religious but I value churches as historical buildings and this is a very nice one, especially considering its size and location. I’m almost glad it started raining and we took this short detour.
It has almost dried up when we leave the church and we decide to continue as we are not far from the car park anymore. Leaving the church, we turn right and walk back the way we came. After about a minute, there is a wide grassy path to the left. This is the path that we follow. We are not quite sure whether we are still following the correct path but then there is suddenly a slightly hidden, narrow path in the bushes and trees to the left that leads us back to a tarmac road. Here we turn right and follow the road which is leading leading back to the car park.
For a full walk description and map please look here at the Chichester Harbour Conservancy website.