East Head and Ellanore circular walk

Walking trail

Circular route taking in East Head, Chichester harbour and West Wittering Village. Enjoy pretty coastal paths, leafy lanes and coffee shop or pub options along the way.

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People on the beach at East Head, West Wittering, West Sussex.


Map of circular walk East Head - Ellanore


West Wittering car park, grid ref: SZ771978


Begin your walk at East Head. A walk around East Head (1 mile/1.6km) takes around 45 minutes. Stroll along the shore, through the dunes and back along the salt marsh path to experience all that East Head has to offer.

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Stop at the northern end of East Head for a fabulous view of Chichester Harbour.

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Stroll through the dunes and back along the saltmarsh path, back to the entrance to East Head.

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East Head to Snowhill Creek. At the entrance to East Head, with East Head now behind you, the footpath to Snowhill Creek is on your left and runs north-east, following the hedge line at the edge of the salt marsh. Use the top path as the lower path, which is tempting at low tide, hides some very soft clay and should be avoided.


Snowhill Creek to Elleanor Lane. At Snowhill creek follow the line of the harbour, taking the sign posted footpath that continues north off the creek, through a small wooded and sheltered section.

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From the bird hide the path turns east and becomes more sheltered as wind-sculpted trees create a leafy tunnel.

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When you get to a gate and footpath sign you are at Ellanore Lane. Turn right onto Ellanore Lane, which has a firm gravelled surface, leading to West Wittering village. Follow the lane for ½ mile (800m), passing the allotments before you emerge into the village.


As you emerge into West Wittering at the end of Ellanore Lane there is a great little café, the Landing, which is on your left. This overlooks a small green at the entrance to West Wittering Estate.

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Turning immediately right out of Ellanore Lane, walk a short distance before turning right again into Roman Landings. The footpath is on your left, and leads through horse fields and back onto Snowhill creek.

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From Snowhill creek retrace your steps along number 1 footpath back to East Head.


West Wittering car park, grid ref: SZ771978

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East Head and Ellanore circular walk


Flat with some areas of soft sand and uneven surfaces.

Dogs are welcome as long as owners observe signs and must be cleaned up after.

East Head and Ellanore circular walk

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East Head and Ellanore circular walk

How to get here

West Wittering, Chichester, West Sussex, PO20 8AU
By train

Chichester, 7 miles (11km). Bus station for onward travel to East Head adjacent to train station.

By road

A286 south from Chichester. At Birdham roundabout go right, then follow signs to West Wittering beach.

Parking: Use PO20 8AJ for entrance to car park (not National Trust).

By bus

From Chichester take the bus following the A286. Follow signs to West Wittering and then West Wittering Beach.

East Head and Ellanore circular walk

Facilities and access

  • Café in main West Wittering car park, 15 minutes walk from East Head
  • Toilets (including accessible facilities) are available between East Head and the car park at West Wittering
  • Dogs are welcome as long as owners observe signs and must be cleaned up after
  • West Wittering Beach car park PO20 8AJ: Not National Trust, Pay & display, OS SZ769982