Chichester Canal

Photo: The terminal basin of the Chichester Canal by Geni

The Chichester canal is 4.5 miles (7.24km) long and is owned by West Sussex County Council.

The 3 miles from Birdham to the Canal Basin in Chichester city centre is leased by the Chichester Ship Canal Trust. The canal for 2.5 miles from the Basin to a short length before the Donnington crossing has been restored by the Trust, on which a daily boat service is provided from February to October. Charter boat trips are available throughout the year. The Trust also offers rowing boat hire and licenses for fishing, canoes and paddleboards.

The section from Donnington to Birdham remains to be restored. The length from Birdham to Chichester Harbour is leased by Premier Marinas and is used for houseboats. The possibility of this section becoming navigable is remote in the near future.

Formerly part of the Portsmouth and Arundel Canal.



IWA Branches

Guildford & Reading

Restoration Organisation

Chichester Ship Canal Trust


See the Chichester Canal Map

See also:

Current restoration
Proposed restoration
Technical Documents

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