Waterways tour

Welcome to a "virtual tour" of Bosham Waterways (Central)
We begin from a focal point that is familiar to all locals where the fresh water from the Mill stream meets the sea at the Sailing Club. We then wend our way northwards through the heart of the village and into the open countryside beyond. We hope you enjoy the tour and particularly that you might take time to view some of the hidden places not often (if ever) seen by many.

Suggestion: if you prefer to follow the tour as the water flows from North to South, scroll upward from the bottom of the page.

Where the Mill stream meets the Sea.

After it's journey from the South Downs, having been supplemented by springs, fields and ditches along the way the freshwater merges with the sea via the old mill gate underneath the Sailing Club or, in the winter, via Colner Creek (see below). When the club gate is closed it pours gently over a mini-sluice to one side.

The outward flow:

Alongside the Sailing Club

looking southeast at high tide

The "Swantoon" (Ctsy: John Hinton)

Via the sluice-gate under the Club.

The "mini-sluice" overflow

BSC sluice jammed

South toward the old mill (now BSC)

Approaching Quay Meadow

Toward Holy Trinity Church

Bordering many gardens en-route

A fortunate residents private access

Sculpture by Lou Johns

Broken sluice, dangerous spikes.

Picturesque private bridge

Heading south from Moreton Rd

In front of the Millstream Hotel
Now we have reached the central point of the Mill stream by the Hotel of the same name. Next we'll continue our journey northwards toward the open countryside in a mo. However, it is worth noting at this point that many houses border this part of the stream and I'd like to illustrate the dangers of fly-tipping garden rubbish in this area. Fly-tipping is a criminal offence and it is my unpleasant duty to bring prosecution against anyone we catch doing it (which is partly why I'm called a "bailiff").
We move onwards....

Here's a view across the "Old Mill Pond" which stretches for at least 300 yards from Moreton Road to the Church. The Romans would have known this scene well but unless you own one of the houses that border the SW side of Bosham Lane it is unlikely you would ever see this glorious view and the teaming wild life which inhabits the area. It is something special to be invited for a cuppa in one of these lovely back gardens. My job definitely has it's benefits!

North from the Millstream Hotel

Toward Brook Avenue

Fallen tree (from the archives)

Brook Avenue / Critchfield Bridge
Now for a slight detour to the east and south.... This is one of the most extraordinary phenomena in the water system.

The picture you see below "the Leat" draws water from the Millstream and then flows under several houses for about 120 yards and enters the road drainage system where, for another 220 yards or so it flows toward the lowest point in the central part of the old Village at the former Service station. It then enters a large pipe flowing into what is known as the Central Water Way (classified officially as a Main River). This flows through the Ponds at Benedicts and the Burial Ground and runs south to the Trippet. All rainwater that falls between Delling Lane and The Millstream Hotel escapes the Village via this route. It is a critical point.

The Leat >> Flows under houses...

> & basements. Along Bosham Ln..

> under the old Service Station...

> ending at Trippet (shown in flood!)

So... heading north once more

under the Critchfield Rd bridge at the top of Brook Avenue:

Under Critchfield bridge

encountering lots of foliage

another block due to garden waste

into clearer waters...

Toward the A259

From other side (cricket pitch)

Oh-oh, tree down in Greens field, &

> close by: blue crate adds block
The danger of blockages upstream:

The combination of the two blockages seen above (right) being close together could create a serious problem. If the build-up were allowed to continue: a) in the summer it could cut off a large quantity (perhaps all) of the water from the Village and; b) in the winter it might create a dam, causing flooding across the cricket pitch and into the houses that border "Green's Field". As I write the situation is being dealt with. The field owner has "riparian duties" to clear the tree and the poor old water bailiff (me) will probably have to remove the crate that some yob hoiked in there! 

Security note:

Some of the places shown en-route are private and so for security reasons only the publicly visable locations are identified. One of the reasons I have produced this tour is that all locals and visitors alike may "virtually" enjoy seeing these "hidden parts". We hope you've enjoyed it.

Visitors & locals alike: please take note of the dangers:

We should warn you that in some parts of our waterways there are significant dangers. These include: deep sticky mud, broken glass, steel spikes, force of water flow - to mention just a few.  Please do not attempt access. It is perhaps worth noting that it is these waters that took the life of the daughter of one of the last Saxon Kings of England [Canute] and over the years it has not lost it's dangers!

We cannot accept liability or responsibility for your actions.

Further tours of other important areas will follow soon.

Thanks for looking!