Infrastructure - West Bank Footpath
The footpath (marked in purple) starts from the south of Slipper Road just to the north of Slipper Mill.
The first section has been widened and a kissing gate installed with emergency vehicle access alongside. The footpath follows the pond bank, narrowing at the footbridge over the tidal gate structure, and continuing westwards until it meets Dolphin Creek where it turns north and follows the pond bank along the River Ems to the second set of kissing gates and Chequers Quay.
The path along the crest of the bank as far as Chequers Quay lies in West Sussex. It crosses the county boundary into Hampshire before the arch through Chequers Quay Houses (which lie in Hampshire) and then on to Queen Street, Emsworth. A county border map can be found on our contact us page.
The surface of the footpath is owned by West Sussex County Council, who are responsible for its maintenance (undertaken by Chichester Conservancy on their behalf).
As part of the problems faced with the strengthening of the West Bank it was revealed that the bank was indeed the SMPPA's problem and that, whilst the County Boundary was generally in the middle of Dolphin Creek, and that it lay in West Sussex, the Borough of Havant were the administrators of the sea bed below High Water mark.
Copy of the Pond area of WSCC footpath map
The Rights of Way Section of West Sussex County Council has designated the bank of Slipper Pond as Public Footpath No. 203. The section from just before Chequers Quay is Hampshire Footpath 701.