Set within the estuaries’ channels it offers good protection in most conditions. However it is exposed to a large body of water from the west where in strong winds it becomes uncomfortable. Chichester Harbour's channels are well marked making access straightforward in most conditions, day or night and at most stages of the tide.
Keyfacts for Chalkdock Point
SummaryA completely protected location with straightforward access.
Position and approaches
Haven position50° 48.556' N, 000° 52.595' W
This is on the south side of Chichester Channel about 500 metres north of Chaldock Point.
What are the key points of the approach?
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- Itchenor - 0.4 nautical miles E
- Pilsey Island - 1.2 nautical miles WSW
- Bosham - 1.3 nautical miles NNE
- East Head - 1.8 nautical miles SW
- Birdham Pool Marina - 1.8 nautical miles E
- Chichester Marina - 1.9 nautical miles E
- Thornham Marina - 2.2 nautical miles NW
- Dell Quay - 2.3 nautical miles ENE
- Sparkes Marina - 2.9 nautical miles WSW
- Emsworth Yacht Harbour - 2.9 nautical miles NW
How to get in?
Chalkdock Point is situated in the northeast section of Chichester Harbour. It is located about a two and a half miles up the Chichester Channel, that stretches north-westward up through the harbour, and can be found half a mile west of Itchenor. It is one of the harbour’s three recognised anchorages, furthermost in but most convenient to Itchenor.
Chalkdock Point along with the other anchorages of
Chichester Harbour's sheltered and drying channels are almost entirely occupied by private moorings. Vessels should not anchor in or near established mooring grounds for fear of fouling existing ground tackle. Vessels anchored in Chichester Harbour should not be left unattended for long periods and must display a black ball along with an anchor light at night. Swimming off the boat is dangerous here because of the strong tides within the channel.
Follow the Chichester Channel until the Chalkdock Light Beacon pile is passed to starboard. After passing the beacon the channel turns eastward passing north of Chalkdock Point, where the line of the blackthorn hedge pulls back less than half a mile east. It marks the southern side of the channel continue eastward following the south side of the channel.
Anchor about 200 metres out from the shore, anywhere south of a line from the Chalkdock Light beacon to the Fairway Light-buoy situated 1200 metres to the east.
Land at the Itchenor Jetty, just over half a mile up channel, which is available to tenders at all states of the tide.
It is possible to come alongside the jetty for a short period. The outer face of the jetty has a depth of approximately 2 metres at mean low water springs. Visitors should restrict themselves to the first two lengths of pontoon only, as the remaining pontoon is allocated as permanent berths. However the pontoon is only a set down area with a waiting limit maximum of 20 minutes. This is due to the level of congestion and the necessity of maintaining access for the emergency services. Penalties can be applied by the harbour master for each hour's overstay.
Why visit here?Chalkdock Point’s immediate shoreline is made up of saltings dissected by shallow channels. This makes it suitable only for its wealth of birdlife to explore, and impractical for a tender.
Within the Point there is the small Chalkdock Marsh area of wetland that lies between a coastal footpath and Park Copse. Although the site is relatively small and lacks a variety of species, it has marsh-mallow scattered throughout that makes it an important conservancy site. It is also an important wildlife area that is home to a wide variety of birds. These include the Shelduck, Brent Geese, Farlington, Teal, Pintail and Shoveler and it also contains the harbour’s highest densities of Widgeon and Black-tailed Godwit.
The best way to explore the point and its surrounds is to land up channel at the Itchenor jetty. From there the wonderful ‘Itchenor Circular walk’ takes a visitor along a pathway that encircles western Itchenor’s coastline including Chalkdock Point. This walk may be picked up by taking the pathway, on the right, close to the foot of the Itchenor jetty. Pass across the face of both boatyards to pick up the pathway along the south side of the channel.
The very easy flat walk is 6km in total. It sets out as a shoreline path and returns to Itchenor through farmland and then the road. During its course it provides splendid views of the harbour and passes some of Itchenor’s very attractive housing including historic buildings such as Itchenor’s St. Nicholas' Church that dates back to 1175.
From a purely sailing point of view Chalkdock Point provides an excellent anchorage close to Itchenor. Likewise, as anchoring is prohibited east and north of Fairway Light-buoy, in Itchenor Reach and Bosham Channel, Chalkdock Point provides a useful tide wait location for vessels proceeding up channel.
What facilities are available?Chalkdock Point has no facilities, but adjacent Itchenor which is convenient from this anchorage has two boatyards which can cater for most sailing requirements.
Any security concerns?Never an issue known to have occurred to a vessel anchored off Chalkdock Point.
With thanks to:Phil Walker Deputy Harbour Master. Photography by Michael Harpur.
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