Salterns Way cycle-route a video of Garry’s ride up the 12-mile path, which runs from East Head to the centre of Chichester. The gentle ride is a mixture of off-road tracks and quiet country roads. And is suitable for people of all abilities.
The ride starts in the picturesque sand dunes of East Head at the head of Chichester Harbour. Leaving East Head, the route takes you through West Wittering, on the B2179, which can get very busy at times, especially bank holidays! But it’s not long before you leave the road and are cycling on traffic-free tracks.
It’s a short ride of under 2 miles across cycle tracks and farm roads before you arrive in West Itchenor. There you follow quiet country roads for another mile before it’s back off-road and onto Salterns Way cycle route.
The route then twists and turns for another mile across the fields before reaching the quiet country roads around Birdham. There you follow the way along quiet lanes before reaching the old Chichester Ship canal. Crossing the canal via the old lock, you’re then into Chichester Marina.
A pleasant ride around the bustling marina, with boat owners, busily scraping off last years anti-fouling, at the same time, others are applying their new coat ready for a summer of sailing. Once past the boats of Chichester Marina, it’s a hard right into a small copse. The route once again follows fields and farm tracks before arriving at Dell Quay road, where you turn right and follow the road for 200 metres. There’s a busy junction ahead where you turn left, but you can rejoin the off-road trail after a short distance.
There’s an annoying gate to get through to join the path! But once through, it’s the final mile of off-road cycling. But like so many cycle ways in this country. The finish ends with you being thrown out onto a busy road! You can continue to ride into Chichester, but for me, Salterns Way ends here!
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