The Chichester Canal has been restored for 2.5 miles from the Basin to a short length before the Donnington crossing, with a daily boat service from February to October. Charter boat trips are available throughout the year. You can also hire rowing boats and get licenses for fishing, canoes and paddleboards.
The section from Donnington to Birdham remains to be restored. The length from Birdham to Chichester Harbour is leased by Premier Marinas and is used for houseboats. The possibility of this section becoming navigable is remote in the near future.
Chichester Canal, formerly part of the Portsmouth and Arundel Canal, is owned by West Sussex County Council and the 3 miles from Birdham to the Canal Basin in Chichester city centre is leased by the Chichester Ship Canal Trust.
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