Light aircraft were out in force as we walked up the eastern edge of Chichester Harbour, buzzing around the waters and droning incessantly like mosquitos. Despite the poor light, I tried to capture a few as they passed overhead.
After lunch we continued our inland trek up the Chichester Channel, eventually reaching West Itchenor. During the summer months there is a ferry over the Chichester Channel, from West Itchenor to south of Bosham. We were only a couple of weeks away from the season’s end, and felt lucky to find the ferry running. This allowed us to cut out the rest of the Channel, saving us some 8-10 miles of walking. Some tell me that they think it is cheating to use ferries. I disagree! Our aim is to walk around the coastline of Britain, not its estuaries. The first ferry we took was from Tilbury to Gravesend. Had we not taken that we would have walked into London and crossed at the Woolwich Underpass. That stretch, we would argue, is not really the coast of Britain. The same goes for the Chichester Channel. West Itchenor is already 3 miles inland; had we not taken the ferry we would have had to have walked 5 miles inland in order to navigate our way around the Channel.
Thus, our rule is that ferries are permissible. Look! Here it comes! It was quite small, I thought, and I wondered what that plank thing was sticking out of the front?
Points on this part of the walk (copy and paste the co-ordinates into Google Earth):
- Chichester Channel: N 50° 47.900 W 000° 53.950
- Ferry Embarkation Point: N 50° 48.494 W 000° 51.986
- Ferry Disembarkation Point: N 50° 48.605 W 000° 51.935
Walk #59 Statistics (of which this post forms the fourth part):
- Date of Walk: 21 September 2013
- Walk #59 total distance covered: 10.05 miles
- Coast of Britain Walk Total Distance Covered: 491.61 miles
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