The Great Sussex Way

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How a destination portrays itself to its potential visitors is important.

A view of The Great Sussex Way

Sometimes the name alone is enough if there is recognition in the eyes of people. Canterbury, Stratford-upon-Avon and the Lake District need no explanation.

Chichester in West Sussex and the council area is probably not as widely known as the three destinations I have mentioned.

Could that be the reason why the local tourist board has rebranded the city and the surrounding area as The Great Sussex Way?

Some years ago, Just about Travel published a story on a day in Chichester and during that visit found lots to see and do. But Chichester is only one small part of this part of West Sussex.

The Roman city of Chichester is nestled between the expansive South Downs National Park and the sandy beaches of the Witterings. Its cathedral houses glass by Marc Chagall and an interpretation by John Piper. The city has a shopping area mixing well-known shops and local producers.

Away from the city, the area contains Cowdray Park Polo Club, Goodwood Racecourse, a world-renowned theatre and festival that was so quiet in 2020 and stately homes by the dozen. Glyndebourne isn’t far away and nor is the Roman museum at Fishbourne. Any local vineyards are making their mark on the lists of wine sellers

Chichester Cathedral artwork by Marc Chagall

On the coast there is sailing and water sports whereas further inland there is walking, cycling areas and mountain biking, a motor circuit and an aerodrome. This was the home of RAF Tangmere where I used to go and see aerial displays. 

With all this to attract staycationers, weekenders and day-trippers, what does the phrase “The Great Sussex Way” suggest to you?

To me it is walking over historical tracts of unenclosed lands reminiscent of a long lost age.  Of villages and hamlets, hills and heritage.

But whatever your interpretation, Chichester and the entire area should entice you to visit it.

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