This week’s walk is one that is designed to be a longer term project and enables you to explore some of our lovely countryside a little further away from home. The New Lipchis Way is a long distance footpath of 39 miles which runs from Liphook to East Head in Chichester Harbour. Going broadly north to south it offers a wonderful variety with sand heathland, chalk downland, old railway track, canal basin and harbourside environments in succession.
It can be completed as follows in 6 sections as shown but you can of course split it down further for a more leisurely approach (or combine sections if super fit!).
- Liphook to Woolbeding Common (5 miles)
- Woolbeding Common to Midhurst (8 miles)
- Midhurst to Singleton (8 miles)
- Singleton to Chichester (8 miles)
- Chichester to West Itchenor (6 miles)
- West Itchenor to East Head (4 miles)
The easiest transport option is to use two cars and share lifts between start and finish of each leg. It is also possible to use public transport from Midhurst onwards.
The route is clearly marked as a ‘recreational path’ on Ordnance Survey Explorer Maps OL33 and OL8. It is also pretty well waymarked with its own logo, and detailed written instructions are available at New-Lipchis-Way-Route-Guide.pdf
A couple of other shortish trails that pass through or close to Chichester are:
- The Solent Way – 60 miles – runs from Emsworth to Milford-on-Sea, mostly following the Hampshire coastline and passing through the New Forest.
- The West Sussex Literary Trail – 54 miles – from Horsham to Chichester along a route rich in literary associations
Go to Favourite Walks list