Smugglers Lane Ferry Hard is the site of a ferry crossing which dates back to the 17th Century.

 

For generations foot passengers have made their way across the channel between Itchenor and Bosham saving them a journey of 13 miles around the harbour edge.

 

Over the years fewer people needed to go back and forth to Bosham. In 1964 the ferryman applied to the House of Lords to discontinue the ferry service, which until then had been operated 24 hours a day.

In 1976 the ferry service was brought back into service by Chichester Harbour Conservancy to join the footpath network and to provide a taxi service for yachtsmen.

Today the seasonal ferry takes passengers and bikes between Smugglers Hard and Itchenor Jetty, linking the public footpaths and allowing for a circular walk via Bosham and Fishbourne.