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Chichester C&CC Site

This is a very nice area and the site is well positioned to enjoy it from.  The site is about 5 miles from Chichester, but it is basically on the natural Chichester Harbour and you can walk to part of it from the site.  There are a lot of interesting places to visit nearby.

Part of the site

Part of the site

This is a fairly small C&CC club site.  It has 58 pitches.  The holiday site managers were very friendly, and the facilities block, although a little old, was spotless.  In fact the showers area, which is in a different part of the building from the toilets, has recently been refurbished.  There is just one services area, which can get a little congested at peak times, although there was a second fresh water tap near the shower block.

The site is in an old orchard.  There are a lot of the C&CC style hard-standing pitches, with plastic reinforcing under the grass.  This stops the caravan sinking in, but can still give you a pretty muddy pitch, which we had in early November.  The pitches were OK for length and width, apart from the trees, which made some of the pitches a little narrow to get on to.  Our pitch would not have been possible for our caravan without a motor mover, as the roadways are also narrow.  This was our only pitch choice when we arrived on a Friday, just at the end of October, as the site was full and we were last in.  It is clearly very popular as it was still almost full on the Monday night, and so booking is probably essential at almost any time.  The apples were also falling off the trees, so don’t park under them in the autumn.  The managers came and collected them up every day, as they were a slight hazard.

Chichester Market Cross

Chichester Market Cross

We liked this site a lot, but there was one other small snag.  The gates are closed from 11pm to 7am, which is excellent from a noise point of view, but we went to the cinema one evening to see the new Bond film in iMax, and got back after 11pm.  There is nowhere to park.  You have to use the pub car park.  It is very close, but I would not have been so keen if the pub was still open, which it can be at weekends.

There is a fantastic bus service that runs past the site gates.  The number 700 bus runs every 15 minutes or so in both directions.  The complete service runs from Portsmouth to Brighton, although the route is spilt in to segments, and to do the complete journey you would need to change buses twice.  However, to use it to get to Chichester or Portsmouth is very easy.  In Portsmouth it takes you down towards the historic docks.  There is also the train service.  The nearest station is 0.25 miles and there are usually two trains per hour towards Portsmouth or Chichester.  As well as stopping at the centre of Portsmouth, the trains go to Portsmouth Harbour, adjacent to the historic dockyard.  After Chichester the trains run either to London or to Brighton.

Littlehampton Harbour

Littlehampton River & Port

Chichester is a nice old city.  The central shopping area has some lovely buildings and the shops are not just a clone of every other High St in the UK, it has some unique shops.  The Cathedral Gardens are very attractive and well worth a stroll.  The cathedral is not the best that I have been in, but it is worth a visit with a lot of interest.   Several of the villages nearby are very pleasant.  Emsworth is particularly attractive, and well worth looking around and only a couple of miles from the site.  Just north of the site is a national nature reserve, as well as the Goodwood Racecourse.  Other nearby places include Bognor Regis, which is perhaps a little run down, but it is interesting to walk around Butlins to see the changes they have made to continue to exist in the 21st Century, compared to the old Hi-De-Hi image they used to have.  Littlehampton, is a very pleasant resort, with a lovely promenade, very attractive river setting and harbour and some useful new facilities like the Look-See Centre, which includes the tourist information centre, a small museum and a very pleasant café, where we had a nice light lunch.  A little further afield you have Southampton, Winchester, Worthing and Brighton and the whole of the South Downs.

Chichester Cathedral

Chichester Cathedral

There are plenty of footpaths around here and a lot of cycle tracks.  Exploring Chichester harbour lends itself to cycling, as you will be able to see a lot more of it than walking.

There are some useful services right next to the site!  There is a doctor’s surgery next door (not tested), and next to that a pub (tested).  The pub provides basic pub food, but it was surprisingly good, and only a 5 minute stroll from the caravan.  It also sold my favourite beer and had a Blues band on the Saturday night (heaven).  Just a little further on the opposite side of the road is a large Farm Shop, with a good range of produce.   The site is actually in Southborne, and there is a small co-op supermarket and a few other shops.

We liked this site and will come again, although not sure when we will fit it in.

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