There was no mud on today’s ten mile route but there was soggy seaweed to negotiate on several sections of the walk. At one point there was a minor mutiny as the back half of the group, seeing the struggles of those in front, climbed up a bank to avoid it.
Twenty-three arrived for the start at the car park by the church in Fishbourne. Rain looked likely but held off until we were about to set off. This caused a slight delay while we hastily put on our jackets. A few minutes later the rain stopped. Shortly after this we stopped again to remove our jackets as by now we were too hot. This stop-start was a feature of the morning.
The route was south from Fishbourne to Dell Quay and on to Salterns Lock where we stopped for coffee at the new café by the marina. From here we continued on the coastal footpath to West Itchenor where we stopped for lunch.
After lunch we took the ferry (three trips were necessary for the group) across Chichester Channel and walked along the road towards Bosham. We turned east before the town and headed back to Fishbourne on a footpath. In the distance we could see the spire of Chichester Cathedral.
The route (in the opposite direction) is well described on the Fancy Free Walks website.
Map: OS X 120