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Solar Heritage Boat Trips

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Take a trip through this Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty with an experienced guide to help you learn about the natural and cultural environment of Chichester Harbour. The Solar Heritage engines are virtually silent as you glide along with plenty...more
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West Itchenor, Chichester PO20 7AW, England
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Reviewed August 31, 2018 via mobile

Took the Solar Heritage boat trip from Emsworth round the harbour, friendly knowledgeable crew, and a lovely quiet boat which makes you realise how noisy and smelly the diesel boats are. Would have hoped the longer trips were available but will come back to do...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

A very peaceful way to travel on Chichester harbour with a very interesting commentary.there is wildlife hut not always visible.More

Date of experience: August 2018
Thank DoreenW79
819roset, Administration Support Officer at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Hello Thank you for your comments - we love the quietness of the boat too. Glad you enjoyed the commentary - it's been honed over the years as we have learned more about the Harbour. I hope you saw some wildlife on your trip. We...More

Reviewed July 9, 2018

This boat has a wheelchair lift, which if you have mobility issues you can also use to stand on and safely and easily get on/off the boat. I booked tickets by telephone, and advised that I would require use of the lift. On the evening,...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank englishr0se
CHAONB, Administration Support Officer at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2018

Hello Thank you for your very helpful feedback. We are very pleased that you found the lift easy to use. It is a lovely trip from Emsworth. Unfortunately we are not able to access hot water from there so are unable to provide refreshments.. The...More

Reviewed May 26, 2018 via mobile

Today I had a brilliant boat trip. We'd set out with two young men with mental health issues and I had no idea how the trip would go. We were luck in that the boat was fairly empty and we all had plenty of space...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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CHAONB, Administration Support Officer at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded May 29, 2018

Hello Thank you for your very positive review - glad to hear you all had such a good experience. We think the boat is perfect for watching wildlife too. And great for people who don't feel comfortable on boats generally. We look forward to seeing...More

Reviewed April 13, 2018 via mobile

After a long bike ride we ended up at West Itchenor. We were just in time for the 11.30 boat trip. The boat trip itself is interesting for all ages well worth a visit.

Date of experience: April 2018
Thank Milland1
CHAONB, Administration Support Officer at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded August 30, 2018

Thank you for your review - so glad you enjoyed the trip on the boat after your strenuous bike ride. Rose

Reviewed February 16, 2018

Thoroughly enjoyed the boat trip around the harbour. The team of people on board, from the crew to the bird experts were very pleasant, knowledgable and hospitable. The boat is silent so it doesn’t disturb the wildlife and you can get really good views. We...More

Date of experience: February 2018
Thank Junejef
CHAONB, Administration Support Officer at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded February 18, 2018

Good morning June Thank you for your positive review - we are delighted you had such a good experience and glad you had the opportunity to see a Great Northern Diver. This is the first time we have run this particular bird watching trip and...More

Reviewed November 26, 2017

Having lived in and around Chichester since I was eight, I have never, been out on a boat around the harbour. This trip was amazing, it was a cold, but very bright and sunny November morning. Parking in the car park, which is a little...More

Date of experience: November 2017
Thank Debbie P
CHAONB, Event Administrator at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded November 29, 2017

Dear Debbie Thank you for your comments and so pleased you had a good trip - we think our boat is very special and ideal for seeing wildlife as it is so quiet! It's amazing what a different perspective you get from the water. We...More

Reviewed November 7, 2017

It's a curious sensation to glide out of Itchenor smoothly and in near silence under a dazzling late October sun. We hug the south shore as we head towards Hayling against the tide past cormorants, gulls and egrets. What a wonderful way to clear the...More

Date of experience: October 2017
Thank JohnParker-Rees
CHAONB, Events Administrator at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded November 15, 2017

What a lovely comment - thank you so much for that very evocative description. Our solar powered vessel is an ideal way to see the birds on the harbour.

Reviewed September 20, 2017

I do not normally do reviews, but I think I was on the same boat ride as Cameron b and I do not agree with something she wrote. I took my friend on the Solar Heritage last year and we both loved it! So peaceful...More

Date of experience: September 2017
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819roset, Events Administrator at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded September 22, 2017

Thank you for your review - good to hear that you had such a nice time and learnt something as well. There is always something new to learn about this fascinating place, isn't there.

Reviewed September 6, 2017 via mobile

This is the second time I have taken a group of friends around Emsworth Harbour ( having done Itchenor several times before) The former has proved to be amazing so much local history and wild life to see the captain is so very knowledgable imparting...More

Date of experience: September 2017
1  Thank madhatter171
CHAONB, Administration Support Officer at Solar Heritage Boat Trips, responded to this reviewResponded February 20, 2018

Thank you for your positive review. We are pleased you enjoyed your trip. The quiet nature of the experience is something we value and promote because it does allow people to see birds and other wildlife up close. We also try to keep the price...More

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duggansue575
June 24, 2018|
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Response from englishr0se | Reviewed this property |
If you go from Emsworth, as we did, it would be easy enough to push someone to the boat in a wheelchair, and onto the boat using the lift. What we did was go on our mobility scooters, and leave them chained to a bench near... More
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bubblespompey
May 5, 2017|
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Good morning Barbara - thanks for your message - lots of answers too - so here goes: 1 - Timetable to the end of May on the Conservancy website - otherwise please phone 01243 513275 - also lots more info on website 2 - Up to... More
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ChristabelSouthWales
July 30, 2016|
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Response from CHAONB | Property representative |
Sorry we missed this question - the Solar Heritage departs from Itchenor for most of the year but does go across to Emsworth for the school summer holiday period. We are looking at an alternative site on the Hampshire side... More
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