The picturesque harbour village of Bosham, is set between two tidal creeks and attracts many visitors throughout the year. Bosham has an exciting and varied history. It's from Bosham that Harold set of sail for Normandy in 1064 and the ancient Holy Trinity Church in Bosham can be seen on the Bayeux Tapestry.
It's also commonly thought that Bosham is the site from which King Canute tried to use his royal power to turn back the tide. It is, in fact, more likely that King Canute used the incoming tide at Bosham to demonstrate that not even a king has the power to prevent such a force of nature. It's also believed that King Canute’s daughter drowned in the stream at Bosham in the early 11th century and her remains buried in the church grounds.
History aside, Bosham Quay is a beautiful place for a walk, and there is always something of interest going on in this thriving sailing village. A regular sight is that of partially submerged cars that have failed to take note of the ‘This road floods each tide’ sign. The demise of many a parked vehicle!
The quay is also a favourite spot for artists and photographers, where you'll find plenty of photo opportunities and is a popular place for walkers and cyclists who enjoy watching the variety of wildlife in the harbour waters, including shellduck, wigeon, Brent geese, waders and migrating wildfowl.
Bosham Quay can be accessed at all times, and is a great place to soak up harbour life both in the summer and winter.
There is no cost to visit Bosham.
Bosham has pubs, cafes, a regular ice cream van, galleries, parking and toilets.
From Chichester take the A259 towards Bosham. At the Bosham roundabout take the left onto Delling Lane. At the end of the road turn right and follow the road round until you reach the Pay & Display car park.
By train: the nearest train station is Bosham. There is a 2 mile walk to Bosham Quay from the train station.
By bus: the number 56 bus runs from Chichester to the car park in Old Bosham, near the Quay. For an up-to-date timetable visit the STAGECOACH website