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Bosham from the water
The picturesque village of Bosham
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Enjoying a drink at Dell Quay

This series of tidal creeks is best explored in small boats or on foot, although the main centres are easily reached by road. Dell Quay, the old port of Chichester, is some two miles from the city.

The beautiful waterside village of Bosham is a magnet for artists. It is steeped in history, most famously as the place from which King Harold II set out on his ill-fated expedition to Normandy. This scene is depicted on the Bayeaux Tapestry. Legend has it that it was here that King Canute attempted to stop the tide approaching.


The village of West Itchenor overlooks the Chichester Channel and the views across the harbour to Chidham, Bosham and Chichester with the Downs behind are excellent.

To the south east of the harbour are to be found the seaside towns of East and West Wittering and Bracklesham Bay, always popular with visitors. The Witterings enjoy wonderful sand and dunes, and are ideal for families.

Safe waters for dinghy sailing
Dell Quay Sailing Club
  Birdham Pool
Birdham Pool
Emsworth mill pond

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