There is one thing I love to do when I am back in West Sussex, on the south coast of England is to go for a walk in the countryside. Country and seaside walks in West Sussex are beautiful and in the areas of Selsey, Pagham Harbour and Church Norton are fantastic.
The reason is that you get the seaside and the muddy fields perfect for putting those welly boots to use!
I love this part of the UK because I grew up here, so maybe I am a little biased! There are many lovely places to go for country walks all over the UK. These parts are special to me and that is why I am sharing here.
How To Get To These Parts of West Sussex
If you are coming from London, you can take the train to Chichester. From Chichester, you can take the number 51 bus to Selsey, Pagham Harbour or Church Norton.
The train is 1 ½ hours from London to Chichester. The bus from Chichester to Selsey is 45 minutes, Pagham Harbour 30 minutes, Church Norton 35 minutes (approx.).
Selsey is surrounded by the sea and has a shingle beach with a little sand. You can walk from Selsey Bill all the way around to East Beach.
Perfect for walking the dog or just getting some fresh air. In East Beach there is the lifeboat station, to see the new Lifeboat and a little shop. Walk further and pick up some crab, cockles and mussels in the fish shops.
This is a lovely walk along the seafront and you will get a good dose of vitamin sea!
Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve
Pagham Harbour is beautiful and peaceful. Lovely country lanes to walk along with a tiny little harbour. Here you get the water and the green countryside.
It is a sheltered inlet where you can see ducks, geese and lots of other birds flying through or stopping by during migration in the winter months.
This is a bird watching stop and there is the RSPB Nature Reserve information area with events going on through the year and where you can stop and have a cup of tea and buy bird books.
The Crab and Lobster Pub is close to the harbour, so you could even pop in for a quick drink or sit outside if the sun is shining!
Church Norton is again by the water and this is where the Chapel of St. Wilfrid’s is. The chapel dates to the 13th century. The original church that was there was St. Peter’s Church, but in 1864 it was moved stone by stone and rebuilt in Selsey.
After the removal, the remaining chancel was closed and used as a mortuary chapel. The Chapel of St. Wilfrid’s was granted its chapel status in 1917.
The walk here is beautiful peaceful countryside/seaside so the best of both worlds and a great place to get away from it all. There is a lot of nature here too, so perfect for bird watching.
There are lovely views of Chichester Cathedral and the South Downs from Church Norton by the seaside.
Now you know where to go on your next walk when in West Sussex to see some wildlife and breath in some real fresh air.
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