The Chichester Ship Canal is a leisure waterway linking historic Chichester to the sea. The canal runs 4 miles from the Basin to the Harbour at Birdham and, today, the 2 miles as far as Donnington is navigable.

It is valued by local residents and holidaymakers who enjoy the many activities – narrow boat trips, rowing, canoeing, rambling, fishing, and cycling. Management of the activities and maintenance of the canal is the responsibility of Chichester Ship Canal Trust, who lease the canal from West Sussex County Council.

The Canal Trust is a registered charity with c 450 members, whose aims are the preservation, maintenance and improvement of the navigation between Chichester and the harbour – a historical monument to the transport revolution in Britain in the 19th century. The Trust is entirely manned by around 140 volunteers who crew the boats, run the shop, bailiff the angling and carry out maintenance and restoration work.

The Chichester Ship Canal Trust
Canal Basin
Canal Wharf
West Sussex
PO19 8DT

Telephone: 01243 771363


The Trust is a registered charity: No. 1094873

If you’re a Trust member, you can access the website pages for members and volunteers: please email and we will forward you instructions.