Places to Visit
Chichester and its surrounds has an abundance of places to visit and things to do.
Chichester is 10 minutes drive from Poplars Farmhouse and is a mellow market town and cathedral city with good shopping and a renowned Festival Theatre. The main attraction is Chichester Cathedral which is well worth a visit with friendly guides to explain the history of the cathedral and St Richard. For rainy days, there is a multiplex cinema, a bowling alley and a sports complex with large indoor pool.
There are lovely houses and gardens to look at in the area plus the fascinating remains of the Roman villa at Fishbourne.
Things to Do
The nearest beach is at Bracklesham which is clean and shingle with pay as you go parking and friendly cafe. The famous beaches of West Wittering are only 10 minutes drive away. Parking charges apply and vary depending on the season. Follow this link to find out more.
Sailing and Windsurfing
There is sailing nearby in Chichester Harbour from Itchenor, Chichester Yacht Basin and Dell Quay with internationally famous windsurfing at West Wittering. There is also a boat launch ramp at nearby Bracklesham.
There are many beautiful walks around Chichester, both by the coast and in the South Downs.
Click here for details of walks around Chichester.
For walks near Poplars Farmhouse, please follow this link to descriptions kindly provided by the previous owners
There are some lovely cycle routes including the Salterns Way from Chichester all the way to West Wittering. There is also some great cycling in the South Downs and around such as Monarchs Way or the South Downs Way. These are rewarding for their views of the Channel and the Isle of Wight and for their historical significance. Tumuli of 3500 BC and Second World War memorials to crashed British and German pilots can be found.
Click here for cycle routes and maps.
Cycle Hire is available locally. Chichester District Council maintain a list of places to buy, hire and maintain bikes.
Chichester Golf Club, Hoe Farm, Hunston. On the B2145 Chi-Selsey Rd. 10 minutes drive. 18 holes. Driving range and a nine hole Par 3 Pitch and Putt. Visitors welcome. 01243 533833.
Selsey Golf Club Golf Links Lane. 15 Minutes drive or walk mostly by footpath 65 minutes. 01243 602203
Chichester Harbour offers varied sailing in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. Chichester Marina 01243 512731 is nearby with a launching ramp and pontoon mooring facilities.
West Itchenor has a public hard for launching and a jetty which is the departure point for various water tours also for the ferry see below.
Small boats may be launched at Bracklesham directly into the sea, (Council tractor on hand to assist).
Water Tours are run by Chichester Harbour Water Tours. A 11⁄2 hour trip departing from Itchenor allows you to visit the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the water. Ring the 24 hour talking timetable on 01243 670504 for further information.
Ferry - Itchenor. A ferry runs from Itchenor jetty to Smugglers Lane, Bosham linking the footpaths. Trips can also be made to and from moorings from Deep End to Birdham. Call 'Ferry' on Channel 8 or telephone 07970 378350. Running times (please check): 0900-1800. Daily mid May to the end of SeptemberWeekends and bank holidays only April to mid May and October.
Solar Heritage: See the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty from the solar-powered Solar Heritage. 50 seater passenger boat with departures from Itchenor and Emsworth. Also available for private hire.