Emsworth to Fishbourne
Westbourne – Woodmancote – Southbourne – Hambrook – Funtington – West Ashling – Bosham
This ride, which we last did in 2016, zigzags along between the inlet channels and the foothills of the Downs, taking in the above 7 villages en route. We first travel alongside the river Ems to the delightful old village of Westbourne (definitely not twinned with Eastbourne!), crossing back and forth over and under the A27, and, after passing several large pig farms and a Qinetiq site that resembles a concentration camp, we eventually arrive at Funtington. Then we follow the Bosham Stream down Watery Lane to West Ashling, whose pond is home to many waterfowl.
Lunch will be at the Anchor Bleu pub in Bosham, overlooking Bosham Channel, where we hope to see lots of interesting birds. The waters here lap against the very walls (and cover the road) at high tide. After lunch we’ll follow the harbour road round to Bosham Hoe, then back up to Fishbourne. Visits to the Roman Palace – “the largest Roman home in Britain” – will be possible, as long as we arrive well before the closing time of 5pm. All that’s left of it is the mosaic floors, but they are very interesting and beautiful. There is also a nice cafe there, which you can patronise without buying a ticket.
We can travel home from Fishbourne station, or ride the 2 miles to Chichester for a more frequent service.
The pub is very busy and would like to know approximate numbers in advance, so please let Jim know if you are planning to come.
Distance: 17 miles (19 to Chichester)
Duration: about 4½ hours to Roman Palace, including lunch. Another ½ hour to Chichester.
Terrain: Mainly quiet lanes, a quiet B road, and a short section of A259 in the cycle lane. Mostly flat.
Start at: Emsworth Station, westbound exit, at 10:45
Getting there: Catch the 09:30 Portsmouth train from Brighton (9.34 Hove, 9.45 Shoreham). Get a return ticket to Emsworth.
Getting home: Trains from Fishbourne are hourly at 50 mins past the hour. There are three trains per hour from Chichester towards Brighton.
Jim and Wendy*
*Wendy will be participating in a virtual sense.