The village of Apuldram
Rymans was built in the early 1400s and has an unusual design, featuring a central tower with a pyramid shaped cap, which was added to it two centuries later. Although Rymans isn't open to the public, look out for the occasional chance to have a look at the house when it's gardens are opened to the public.
Apuldram parish contains the old port of Dell Quay. Although Dell Quay is now only used by smaller yachts and dinghies, it used to be a fairly major port, serving Chichester. The silting up of the northern reaches of Chichester Harbour made Dell Quay's commercial viability slip away over time, just as the Roman port of Fishbourne further up the Birdham Channel had become redundant before it. Dell Quay itself had replaced an earlier port that was as far north as Apuldram Church, but which itself fell victim to the effects of silting up and disappeared.
Dell Quay's today is a beautiful place nonetheless and the garden of the Crown and Anchor pub is a great place to watch the sun set across the Chichester Harbour AONB, listening to the sounds of the birds across the water and the clinking of the boats moored nearby.
Apuldram village used to be a more substantial place largely as a result of its medieval port. A survey in 1433 noted that there were three main streets in the village, two of which no longer exist other than as footpaths. These lost streets ran between Apuldram Church and the what would then have been a relatively busy harbourside.
The only road passing through Apuldram is often used as a rat run by motorists looking to to avoid traffic jams at the A27 at Chichester. Cyclists and walkers can avoid this traffic however by using the excellent Salterns Way cycle path which runs through fields in Apuldram before heading on to Birdham Pool and the Chichester Yacht Basin and on towards the mouth of Chichester Harbour at East Head.
You might also like
- Sailing clubs you can join around Chichester harbour
- Places to moor boats in Chichester Harbour and around the Sussex coast
- Birdham and Chichester Yacht Basin - just along the harbour from Apuldram
- Cycling along Salterns Way to Apuldram from Chichester or West Wittering
- West Wittering Beach - probably the sandiest beach in West Sussex
- Good places for a seaside self-catering holiday
- Good holiday accommodation in Chichester, just 2 miles from Apuldram
APULDRAM VILLAGE INFORMATION
- Chichester visitor information and local attractions
- More information about Chichester Harbour
- Places to sail near Apuldram and Dell Quay