Accessibility at Pagham Harbour Local Nature Reserve

Summary accessibility statement

Before you visit

Check tide status. The footpaths along the edge of the harbour at Church Norton and Sidlesham Quay may be flooded at high tide.

How to get here

By train

The nearest train station is Chichester, 5.5 miles away. There is a taxi rank outside Chichester station - ask to be taken to Pagham Harbour Visitor Centre, Selsey Road, Sidlesham.

To cycle from the station, turn south over the level crossing down Stockbridge Road for approximately 100m then turn left into Canal Basin. Immediately to the right is the canal path which is the start of Route 88, currently ending at the Visitor Centre. 


By bus

The 51 Link service from Chichester Bus Station to Selsey stops outside the Visitor Centre. The bus station is 2 minutes' walk from the train station. The journey takes 20 minutes.

By bike

By bike Route 88 from Chichester Canal Basin to the Visitor Centre. Medmerry Cycle Link connects RSPB Medmerry with RSPB Pagham Harbour.

By road

From the A27 at Chichester, take the B2145 south towards Selsey. After half a mile at the first roundabout, turn right continuing on the B2145 to Selsey (do NOT take the B2166 to Pagham village - the Visitor Centre is on the opposite side of the Harbour). Remain on the B2145 for 6 miles. The turning into the Visitor Centre car park is half a mile on from Sidlesham on the left-hand side.

Sat nav POI file: If you have a satellite navigation system that can accept POI files, please see our POI page for a download link and instructions.

Access to facilities

Visitor centre
  • Step-free level entry.
  • Displays updated regularly. Maps for Pagham Harbour and Medmerry reserves available, plus other local information and trails.
  • Welcome team provide visitor information and assistance.
  • Level laminate floor throughout.
  • Induction loop.
  • Activity programme. Please ask when booking about suitability for your access needs.
Car parking
18 spaces
2 Blue Badge spaces
  • Level tarmac surface
  • Level, surfaced path with lighting to visitor centre.
Toilet and baby changing

Toilets outside visitor centre, accessed by ramp.

Nature trails access
  • Discovery trail 1.75 mile circular route starting from the Visitor Centre, takes about 1 hour. Shorter loop of 0.75 mile, about 30 minutes on level path.
  • Trails may become muddy and waterlogged.
  • Benches at regular intervals. Some with arms and back support.
Viewing points
  • Ferry Pool hide, 250 m from visitor centre. Approached by a level, surfaced path with a ramp or steps to access hide.
  • Church Norton Hide up steep bank, accessed by steps, tidal footpath and boardwalk.
  • Several viewpoints. Many have benches, some with back support.
Picnic area

Two benches adapted for wheelchair users.

  • Dogs are welcome on the public and permissive paths.
  • They should be kept under close control to avoid disturbing or worrying wildlife and other users.
  • There are limited "exercise areas" around the harbour - signage is in place at these locations. Alternatively, please ask at the visitor centre for guidance.
Educational facilities
  • Accessed by ramp with gentle rise (gradient 1:24).
  • Double doors.