Located within the counties of West Sussex and Hampshire, Chichester Harbour is a designated area of outstanding natural beauty (AONB).
Covering a picturesque 74 square miles between Chichester and Hayling Island, there's no shortage of things to see and do.
Explore on foot
With over 56 miles of public footpaths, walking around the harbour is the ideal way to explore. There's a host of self-guided Chichester Harbour walks ranging from a 1-mile stroll around the marina to a 6-mile shoreline walk from Emsworth to Langstone.
If you're up for a challenge, you can take on the 11-mile circular route between Itchenor and West Wittering that provides panoramic views across to the Isle of Wight.
Traversing through rolling English countryside, quaint fishing villages and along sandy shores, views on Chichester Harbour walks can't be beaten.
Splash around in the sea
Chichester Harbour AONB is home to one of the county's most popular leisure marinas and a trip wouldn't be complete without getting out on the water: from sailing and motor vessel hire to paddleboarding and kayaking.
If you're new to water sports, you can book a lesson with Sandy Point Watersports and Chandlery on Hayling Island. For those who prefer to be out on the sea in style, a Chichester Harbour boat trip is a must. You could enjoy an incredible two-and-a-half-hour trip on a magnificently restored Victorian oyster sailing boat called Terror, taking in the glorious scenery on offer.
Get close to wildlife
Chichester Harbour is teeming with wildlife. Awarded AONB status in 1964, it's a place of national and international importance for the conservation of nature and wildlife. Whether you're out on the water or exploring the coastal paths, you'll come across a wide variety of plants and animals.
And if you're lucky enough, you might catch a glimpse of the grey seals that call Chichester Harbour home.
A trip to Chichester Harbour wouldn't be complete without feeling the sand between your toes on West Wittering Beach. Often heralded as one of the best beaches in the south of England, this Blue Flag site is home to a long stretch of unspoilt, fine golden sand. They even have a dog-friendly café for that post-walk sustenance.
For quaint cafes and independent boutiques, pay the pretty village of Emsworth a visit. The village square is a thriving hub of activity and it's easy to while away the hours watching locals and tourists.
If you're a sucker for a pretty cottage and homemade crafts, Bosham is a popular choice for its attractive buildings – and of course, you might as well enjoy a refreshing drink at the Anchor Bleu, one of the many great pubs near Chichester Harbour.
Eat fresh fish and chips
Serving fresh local fare, there's no shortage of Chichester Harbour restaurants. But a trip to the seaside wouldn't be complete without a fresh fish supper. And Billy's on the Beach seaside restaurant is renowned for its fish and chips. Located right by the beach and open all year round, diners can enjoy unspoilt sea views.
Keep Chichester Harbour an area of outstanding natural beauty by travelling by train. Chichester train station has regular services to and from the capital, with the harbour just a short bus ride away.