A Cyclist’s Guide to Chichester

West Sussex is home to some of the most beautiful scenery in the UK and the Chichester area is certainly representative of this.

Walks are always a good way to view the picturesque scenes that an area has to offer, but sometimes cycling is the better option that allows you to see more in a day. We have picked out three of our favourite cycle routes around the Chichester area for this blog post.

So if you’re looking to do a bit of cycling during your time in West Sussex then we have you covered.

There are plenty of cycle shops in Chichester so if you’re looking to rent a bike or you want to have some work done on yours then you will easily be able to do so.

Centurion Way

The Centurion Way trail, named so because of the Roman road that the trail crosses, is a 1.5 km, traffic free cycle route that can be taken on by experienced cyclers or those just starting out.

The trail follows a route that was once used by the Chichester to Midhurst Railway line that was once used for the transportation of sugar beet. The railway was closed in 1957 and removed in 1993, but the path that was left has been adopted as a cycle and walking path.

The path mainly follows the River Lavant, which is a waterborne river that is only present during the wetter months of the year, and has a couple of viewpoints and seating areas along the way if you want to have a picnic with a stunning view.

Salterns Way

The Salterns Way cycle route is a bit more substantial than the centurion way route and is for the more serious cyclers or those who want to make a whole day out of viewing the West Sussex scenery from a bike.

Spanning 18 km, Salterns Way takes cyclists from Chichester to East Head, via the Chichester Marina. The route has numerous fantastic views, regardless of the season, and if you want to discover the beautiful West Sussex landscapes then this is definitely the route for you. Although the whole route is 18 km long, you don’t need to travel the whole way as the route can be shortened as much as you like.

 

A Great Day Out From Chichester and Back

This circular cycle route takes cyclists north of Chichester into the South Downs National Park and back around to Chichester. The route is quite lengthy, with a distance of 27 km, so is likely to take two to four hours depending on how fast you want to ride and how many pubs you’d like to stop off at on the way!

If you’re a nature lover then you’ll love this route as part of it will take you through the Kingley Vale National Nature Reserve that is home to one of Europe’s most impressive yew forests along with over 50 species of birds and 39 species of butterfly. There are pubs in West Dean, Chilgrove and Chichester so you if you want to stop off for lunch or refreshments during your ride then you’ll find it easy to do so.

These are just a few of the stunning cycle routes that West Sussex has to offer. Here at Crouchers Hotel, we are conveniently located in the beautiful West Sussex countryside, very near to the lovely cathedral city of Chichester. If you are looking for Chichester hotels to stay in, please do not hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01243 78995.

Posted in Chichester, Outside Chichester, Things To Do in Chichester | Comments Off

Wonderful West Sussex Walks

The West Sussex countryside is home to some truly stunning landscapes, and is in many respects a haven of natural beauty. One of the best ways to discover the beauty of the West Sussex is on foot. So here we give quick guide, to some of the best walking routes in the west Sussex area.

The South Downs Way

The South Downs Way is a national trail, which runs for approximately 100 miles along the breathtaking South Downs and is the perfect spot for simply getting away from it all. The route offers the chance to experience some of the most beautiful scenery the county, and indeed southern England has to offer. The South Downs Way covers 48 miles of the wonderful West Sussex countryside, and there are a number of different routes you can try. One of the best places to pick up the trail is around the village of Amberely where the route passes close by to the village railway station making it easy to access.

The Monarchs Way

The Monarchs Way is one of the greatest long distance footpaths in England. At 615 miles long the trail is also the country’s second longest, signposted walking route. The path roughly follows the escape route used by Charles II, following his defeat at the battle of Worchester in 1651.Consequently, in addition to some truly breathtaking scenery; the route also offers a chance to glimpse a number of sites of historic interest too. In West Sussex, the trail passes through a number of sites of interest, and there are a various places throughout the county where you can pick up the trail and explore the path for yourself.

New Lipchis Way

This lovely walking route runs from Liphook in Hampshire, to East Head near the entrance of the Chichester harbour. The path takes you through, some of the most beautiful areas of West Sussex, including the heathlands, and Wealden river valleys. The path is approximately 37 miles long, and one of the best parts of the route to explore is the final section which takes you along the Chichester ship canal, and channel, to West Wittering.

These are just a few of the fantastic walking spots, in West Sussex which are well worth exploring. Here at Crouchers Hotel, we are conveniently located in the heart of the West Sussex countryside close to the beautiful cathedral city of Chichester, and can provide you with the ideal place to stay during your walking adventure. So if you’re looking for hotels in Chichester please do not hesitate to contact us today by giving us a call on 01243 784995.

Posted in Chichester | Comments Off

Planning a Romantic Getaway

As the Beatles once said, “all you need is love!” but sometimes you need a little more than that to show your loved one how much you care. Flowers, chocolates and other gifts are all well and good, but how about taking a much-needed break from everyday life, just you and your beloved? And where better to spend your weekend (or longer) of romance than at Crouchers Hotel in Chichester?

Surprise!

Why not surprise your other half? You could keep your whole trip secret, or just surprise them with a planned activity. Add a little more romance to the surprise by arranging with us to have Champagne on ice, flowers or chocolates in your room when you arrive.

Leave it at Home

When going on a romantic getaway, there are certain things you should leave at home:

  • Work
  • Money worries
  • Previous disagreements

Basically anything that distracts you from enjoying your time together should be left behind!

Plan Activities

Do a little research before you leave to find out what activities you can do while you’re away. Luckily for you, Chichester has plenty to offer, so you’re sure to find something you’ll both enjoy. You could take in a show at Chichester Festival Theatre or enjoy the stars at the South Downs Planetarium.

Alone Time

It’s great to get out and see the sights when you’re away together, but what’s even better is getting some alone time with each other. Take one morning or afternoon to just relax in each other’s company in your hotel room, or go for a romantic walk. This is the perfect time for you two to talk and learn more about each other. Whether you’ve been together for a matter of months, or many years, there’s always something new you can discover about the one you love.

Here at Crouchers Hotel, we’re the perfect place for your romantic getaway. So if you’re looking for Chichester hotels, look no further! Contact us today by calling 01243 784995 for more information, or to book one of our beautiful rooms.

Posted in Chichester, Things To Do in Chichester | Comments Off

Chichester: What to See and Where to Go

The city of Chichester is a fantastic place to visit at any time of the year, and has a wealth of attractions for you to see and enjoy. So here we give a quick guide to some of the best things to see and do when visiting this fantastic city.

Bishops Palace Gardens

These stunning gardens, located at the heart of Chichester, are a little oasis, offering a variety of fantastic floral displays. These beautifully designed gardens are home to a number of meandering paths, which take you among an assortment of interesting flower beds. The gardens also feature plenty of quiet spots and benches too, where you can simply sit back, relax, and enjoy the view.

Walk the City Walls

Chichester has a long and fascinating history, which is clearly reflected in the peerless architecture of the city. You can explore some of the unique history of Chichester for yourself by taking a walk along the city’s Roman walls. These were first built over 1800 years ago by the Romans, and have stood the test of time, remaining remarkably well-preserved. A wander round these walls, makes for a rather pleasant stroll, and offers some great views over the surrounding city landscape.

Chichester Cathedral

No trip to the city can be complete without a visit to the Chichester Cathedral, which has stood at the heart of the city for over 900 years. The building is much celebrated for it rich and inimitable architecture, and is also famous for its fantastic art collection.

Pallant House Gallery

The city is also home to the Pallant House Gallery, which is a must see for any art enthusiast. This exceptional gallery space is widely renowned for its innovative exhibitions, and features one of the best collection of 20th century art in the world, including the works of those such as Peter Blake and Richard Hamilton.

Shopping

Chichester is also the perfect spot for a bit of retail therapy, offering a high-quality shopping experience. The city is home to everything from large high street stores, to independent boutiques, and farm shops, so you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.

These are just a few of the fantastic attractions Chichester has to offer, which make this area an ideal place to visit. If you’re looking for hotels in Chichester then here at Crouchers Hotel we can offer you the perfect place to stay during your trip to this fantastic city. For more information, please don’t hesitate to contact us today, by giving us a call on 01243 784 995 or emailing us at enquiries@crouchershotel.co.uk.

Posted in Chichester | Comments Off

What’s On in Chichester this Christmas & New Year

Chichester is absolutely stunning at this time of year, there is so much to see, do and experience here at Christmas time, and so if you’re staying with us during December or January, you won’t be disappointed.

This weekend we saw the return of the Chicester Christmas Market, it was a marvellous event and exceptionally popular, but don’t worry if you missed it, there are plenty more festivities to enjoy, so let’s take a look at what’s going on in Chichester this Christmas time:

The National Open Exhibition – 17th December

The Minerva Theatre

This annual exhibition is in its 18th year; here you will find 123 artworks for sale. The exhibition runs from the 17th of December through to the 3rd of January. It’s a free exhibition and is full of an array of artworks from a range of genres – it’s certainly a must-visit for art lovers.

The exhibition is closed on Christmas Day and New Years Day.

Moscow City Ballet – 6th January

Chichester Festival Theatre

Moscow City Ballet is one of the most successful ballet companies in Russia. To welcome to the New Year in style, the company will be performing the gorgeously romantic, Giselle, and, of course, the festive favourite, the Nutcracker. Whether you’re a lover of the ballet or you’ve never experienced it, you will certainly enjoy these marvellous performances.

Giselle is to be performed on 6 & 7th January

The Nutcracker is to be performed from Thursday 8th January to Sunday the 11th January.

Ghost Hunt at Fort Widley – 17th January

Fort Widley is famous for its ghosts; this Victorian fort was built in 1861 to defend to Portsdown Hill. On the 17th of January you can enjoy a fantastic, spooky ghost hunt here – who says you have to wait for Halloween to go ghost hunting!

There are always so many exciting events to look out for in Chichester throughout the year! Of all of the Chichester hotels, Crouchers is perfectly located to give you the best of both worlds; we offer a luxurious countryside destination that isn’t too far away from the city.

If any of the above events interest you, then book your stay with us now; contact us on 01243 784995 for further information about our hotel.

Posted in Events | Comments Off