19 Oct 2016 Share:

Our Top Three Selsey Autumn Walks

We’re based in one of the most beautiful parts of the UK (lucky us!) which is why we’re always so keen to let our visitors know about all the best bits.

So what better way to see them than by taking a lovely – and totally free – walk?

There are dozens of walks in the Selsey area and they are all worth doing but to help you choose the best, we’ve compiled our top three to tackle this autumn.

 

Birds and the Bronze Age – Medmerry Reserve

Right on our doorstep, the RSPB’s Medmerry Nature Reserve is one of the best and most beautiful places to take a walk. Start off by The Breach, the area which allows the tides into Medmerry and which created this amazing new habitat for local wildlife and migratory birds. Walk past the remains of Bronze Age houses and a cemetery which were discovered during the recent nature reserve works. Continue round past the Chainbridge Sluice to the Ham viewpoint over the salt marshes. To walk further you’ll have to get on to the public highway at Easton Lane but can re-join the main walk at Easton Viewpoint, with walks over Ruth’s Marsh, round to Earnley Viewpoint on the opposite side. Along your walk keep an eye out for godwits, pintails and water voles.

 

Blue Plaques – discover Selsey’s most famous residents

There are 10 blue plaques to look out for on the Selsey peninsula, highlighting our famous historic figures and important things to see, such as the remains of a D-Day Mulberry Harbour and the Gibbet Field, where two smugglers were hanged in 1749.

Walk round the little town and you’ll soon discover more plaques; important former residents include the daring Air Commodore Edward Donaldson, who set a new world air speed record of 616mph in 1946.

Composer Eric Coates’ name may not be familiar but his music certainly will be; By the Sleepy Lagoon is the music he wrote while staring out to sea at Pagham and which is still used by the BBC as the theme tune to Desert Island Discs.

There are also blue plaques commemorating the inventor of the perpetual mousetrap, Colin Pullinger, and polymath, Persian scholar, writer and scientist, Edward Heron-Allen.

 

The Selsey Tram trail

This four-mile walk follows (as much as possible) the old route of the famous Selsey Tram which ran from 1896 to 1935, connecting Chichester and the Manhood Penninsula. The walk starts at the beach in Selsey, moving inland for the remainder of the trail. While the tram itself has been described as ‘ramshackle’ (it was unable to travel at over 15pmph) the trail takes in a number of sights, including the old Chalder Station and along Pagham Harbour.

 

To book please visit www.bunnleisure.co.uk or call 01243 606080.

 

Posted by Polymedia Blog

 

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