This is a little longer than our usual strolls. At 7 miles, although the paths are all coastal and flat, this is a more challenging walk than our norm, with no short cuts. I estimate it should take about 4 hours with frequent stops to view the wildlife and a break for lunch. Weather permitting there should be plenty to see. High tide at 13:45 means the harbour feeding birds will all be on the Island so should be quite a spectacle. An added bonus is the possibility of seeing some of the colony of seals which have chosen Chichester Harbour as their home. Good views of the whole harbour can be enjoyed, including Emsworth, Hayling, Bosham and Chichester. We pass a church in the afternoon and in the graveyard there are many RAF headstones and some of German airmen who died nearby. Wear appropriate footwear and bring weatherproofs. Pack some food and drink to keep you going, we will stop for lunch at the southernmost point.
As always, dogs are most welcome and can be off lead for most of the route if not too unruly! Don't forget to bring them a drink too. We will have to enter and leave the island by checking in and out with the Military security at two points on the sea wall. At those points we need to gather together and go through as one group, so those in front please wait for the slower walkers to catch up.
Refreshments and warmth will be available afterwards at one of Emsworth's pubs.