After having spent much of the day in Chichester for lunch and shopping, we wandered down to the Canal Trust to find that the shed where we had previously bought coffee was now a new café, bright and clean and with nice clean toilets, staffed by volunteers. After having a drink we wandered along the canal and under that awful Ring Road that is such a burden when driving. Quiet settled. There is something very special about the English Canals that is hard to define. The Chichester canal is unusual in that it isn't used by hundreds of hire boats, not being connected to the main network, otherwise it is the same. The towpath makes an excellent walkway and when we found a seat we just sat, no where, and wished we had a boat. Lovely walk. Back at the basin we checked up on the offered row boats for another time. Decent little boats for hire at a reasonable price. £6 per half hour plus £4 per half hour thereafter. We were delighted to find them comparatively close to home and will certainly return soon for a quiet row. Boat trips are available for the less energetic. All in all the canal offers a pleasant break from the mundane, but the weather must at least be dry.
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