Although Ford was the midway point of our walk we didn’t feel compelled to stop. That’s not to say it wouldn’t be worth stopping, as there are several interesting things to see.
I have already mentioned the busy railway bridge, just beyond this is a jetty with moorings for variety of small craft, and a little bit further down the river is a small flotilla of house boats.
To be honest there wasn’t a lot of activity on the river, we were passed by four or five small boats, but clearly the boating season hasn’t got into full swing yet. Since leaving Arundel it was obvious however that we were getting nearer the sea, by the widening of the river, something that we hadn’t noticed north of Arundel.
Ford itself is perhaps best known for it’s prison and it’s market, but for those with an interest in family history there is the small parish church, just a short distance from the river. Those with an interest in aviation should be aware of the Hawker Hunter which stands guard over the former airfield (too distant for my little camera to do it justice).
None of these “attractions” were on our itinerary (but I may well be back another day to take closer look at the church and plane) as we were pressing on to Littlehampton, anxious to get there before it rained or before the river level got any higher and we found ourselves paddling.
The approach to Littlehampton was a little disappointing to be honest. There was an amusing attempt to beautify a sewage works with some paint and daffodils, which made me smile, but still failed to disguise the fact that it was a sewage treatment works.
Before long we were within earshot of another busy road and much traffic. The approach to the road bridge was the least picturesque part of the walk, the bank was littered with rubbish, everyday rubbish like bottles and cans, but also heaps of rubble. Such a shame after such a lovely walk up to then.
Beyond the road bridge things picked up somewhat. Immediately beyond the bridge was Littlehampton Marina, which may sound quite pleasant, but it sits opposite an industrial area and the gas holder that we had observed from the start of our walk at Arundel.
Littlehampton has seen a lot of redevelopment over the past couple of decades, and although we didn’t spend a lot of time in the town (long enough for chips and ice cream though) what I saw of it was very nice, another place I really ought to get to know better.