This is one of my favourite walks. Walking boots are unnecessary when footpaths are dry; trainers are adequate. The route is flat with no stiles. On a clear day there are great views. Check tide times because the section along the shore at Cobnor Point is under water at high tide.
The start is Emsworth. I travel there by train and set off after a pot of tea and toasted teacake at the Greenhouse Cafe or the Flintstones Tea Room.
Walk along the High Street, take the FP on the R just past The Lord Raglan pub. It runs alongside the Slipper Pond. Continue on this to Prinsted. Turn R at the road to reach the coast on the E side of Thorney Island. From now on the views are superb.
Turn L (east) along the FP by the shore. The South Downs come into view to the north. Pass FP on L to Chidham and take permitted path through gap in fence on L; it bypasses the rough shore route. This is a better path; it’s on an even grassy bank and eventually meets the shore path.
Continue round Cobnor Point to Chidham. Turn L where the private road joins the public one, then take FP on R which passes the Alstroemeria nursery. Continue ahead at the road. This passes the church and The Old House at Home pub. There’s a FP on R that bypasses these. At a small lay-by on the road beyond the pub where this FP emerges, turn L on a FP. This takes you back to the shore path. Retrace your steps to Emsworth.
OS maps: X 120, LR 197