South Coast Path

Runs along the South Coast of England from Poole to Eastbourne

Birdham-Selsey

The new Medmerry bird reserve & hidden river channels

This section of the South Coast Path changed dramatically in 2013 when the sea defence was deliberately breached. As a result the Birdham - Selsey coast path was extended by over 6km when the new Medmerry scheme was implemented.

The sea has been allowed to return to the land as part of the Environment Agency's revised coastal management policy. Medmerry is now managed by the RSPB.

The old sea bank was deliberately breached to allow the sea back to the land it once used to wash.

The stage is described below walking west to east (prevailing wind behind) - but can be walked in either direction.

Description of the walk

The walk starts Birdham, near the marina and a short walk from the Birdham Stores bus stop. It is another genuinely "flat stage" but quite long, especially now the diversion around Medmerry has been added. Originally this stage was 20.1 km.

From Birdham the route mostly hugs the southern edge of Chichester Harbour and beyond Itchenor the waters edge is always close by. This channel would have been well used by the Romans to reach Fishbourne Palace at the northern end of the channel from the open sea at West Wittering.

Selsey- Birdham

Birdham - Selsey
This is a copy of the gpx track of the route walked on 30 July 2014

The data is a walk was was undertaken east to west direction!


Diversions:
There are no diversions on this track BUT it does follow the new paths around the Medmerry scheme

The newly sea-flooded area is supported by many tracks and floodbank paths - however this has added over 6km to the length of this stage.

Bognor Regis - Littlehampton

The last section of open coast

This section of the South Coast Path takes us from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton. There is an open section of land at Climping Gap that is the only unbuilt stretch between Bognor and Brighton.

May 2014 Bognor Pier - follow the arrow to the right to see more photos of this stage.

The stage is described below walking west to east (prevailing wind behind) - but can be walked in either direction.

Description of the walk

The walk starts at Bognor Pier and ends at the footbridge over the River Arun in Littlehampton. It is a genuinely "flat stage" with the highest point being the sand dune at West Beach Littlehampton.

The route follows the esplanade passing a Butlin's holiday resort (originally built in 1960) before entering Felpham. A distant family member, a daughter of John Ogden, lives near the route in Felpham.

Littlehampton - Bognor Regis

Littlehampton - Bognor Regis
This is a copy of the gpx track of the route walked on 05 June 2014


Diversions:
There are no diversions on this route.
However part of the path uses the beach at Elmer. This is easier walking and is only possible at low tide.


Corrections:
There are no know errors in the data.

KJM 06 June 2014


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