Having reached Littlehampton’s harbour mouth, we had to walk inland, alongside the River Arun, in order to find a suitable crossing point. This is known as the “Riverside Walk”, which for the most part runs alongside riverside developments of blocks of flats.
The walk to the nearest crossing point was about three quarters of a mile – not too bad considering some of the other inland detours we have encountered. The worst of these was the combined inland walk around the Thames, Medway and Swale. From leaving the sea to getting back to it took over 200 miles. We were feeling quite appreciative, therefore, that our detour at Littlehampton totalled only a mile and a half. That was due to its footbridge.
We set off back along the River, back towards the coast. This side of the river could not have been more different from the eastern side. Gone were the brick pavers and residential developments. The west bank was dominated by silt, ship yards, and commercial jetties. Not all the vessels were in tip top condition. Is it just me, or does this one look like old fish bones?
Eventually, we reached the open sea again. There were the lighthouse and the harbour arm on the opposite side of the river. On this side there was a convenient car park. Time to call it a day, we decided.
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Sliding Footbridge: N 50° 48.614 W 000° 33.005
- Boat Carcass: N 50° 48.444 W 000° 32.857
- Car Park at Journey’s End: N 50° 48.135 W 000° 32.600
Walk #55 Statistics (of which this post forms the final part):
- Date of Walk: 1 June 2013
- Walk #55 total distance covered: 8.58 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 454.22 miles
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