Find the nearest Beaches in West Sussex
Planning a trip to the West Sussex coast and looking for where the nearest beach is, our beach lists will help you discover the nearest beach to me. Then for each beach, we will answer questions around location, rural or town, sandy or pebble, rockpools, tide times, weather forecast, dog restrictions, bathing water quality, closest beach cafes and provide general information on the beach and its facilities.
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- Littlehampton West Beach is on the opposite side of the River Arun from Littlehampton town centre. The beach is much quieter in the summer than the main Littlehampton coastguards beach as it has limited facilities. To access this beach you can either walk across the bridge from the main Littlehampton family beach or use the small local car park. Littlehampton West beach is part of the Local Nature Reserve (LNR) and the Climping Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), which has national protection. It includes the sand flats, shingle, sand dunes and all animals that feed on them, just one of only 3 sand dune systems in West Sussex. Whilst visiting Littlehampton the West beach is well worth a visit along with Climping beach as they do offer a great contrast to the typical pebble West Sussex beach and offer some sand, although today much of the dunes are protected and fenced off. Facilities at the beach include pay and display car park, toilets and cafe, although more facilities also a short walk across the bridge to the East beach and Littlehampton town centre.
- East Wittering beach is a shingle shoreline at high tide but sandy at low tide! The best of both worlds really. It is a quiet spot of coast but the sailors love it as the ocean here varies from flat to down the line wave riding if the wind is right. The beach is wide here so it feels emptier than it is. Shelving gently, this south coast beach has extensive shallows for the kids to paddle in at low tide and the village of East Wittering is within walking distance with shops and other facilities. There is a good selection of accommodation here with campsites and bed and breakfasts to choose from. Facilities include toilets, parking and a walk along the beach to nearby West Wittering.
- The East Beach at Bognor Regis is a pebble beach at high tide and sand at low tide. The beach runs from the pier up to the Butlins Holiday camp. Backing the beach is a wide flat concrete promenade with a selection of kiosks selling hot/cold drinks and food along with beach goodies. The east end of Bognor Regis beach is by Butlins Holiday camp and has facilities and a slipway for boats and is popular with jet skis. Car park and parking on the road (pay and display), toilets and showers, deck chair hire, seasonal children’s entertainment subject to weather conditions, slipway, kiosks. A land train runs the length of East Beach along the promenade and the town centre is just a short walk back from the promenade.
- Splash Point beach is located to the East of Worthing Pier, a pebble beach with wooden groynes and sand at mid to low tide. The beach garden at Splash Point marks the start of the beach and is dedicated to the 4 rowing and sailing Worthing lifeboat crews that operated between 1850 and 1931. Facilities include Worthing rowing club, cafe, shops, toilets, shelters, promenade with cycle lane, sand volleyball courts behind the beach. Although this beach is listed separately, you are really in Worthing and so you have all the facilities of the seaside town including Worthing Pier.
- Littlehampton beach is the main beach for Littlehampton, also known as East beach or Coastguards beach. The beach is a clean, safe and large shingle beach, overlooked by the coastguard tower. At mid to low tide the shingle gives way to a large sandy beach. The East beach is a 10 minutes flat walk through the riverside walkway to the town, the walkway runs beside the River Arun, past the Look and Sea visitor centre, lifeboat station and harbour. Activities include what you would expect with the traditional family beach holiday as well as sea angling, sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing. Although kitesurfing tends to be done either side at Littlehampton West beach or Rustington. Littlehampton is a popular British seaside destination with the South Downs to the north and easy access to Chichester, Arundel and Worthing and is surrounded by plenty of history, things to do and see This is an ideal town to stay whether you want to relax or explore the West Sussex surrounding area. Facilities at the beach include cafes; restaurants; including the famous East Beach Cafe, beach huts, the famous long seafront bench, deckchair hire, promenade, bowling; crazy golf; amusement arcade; leisure centre, backed by large grass areas.
- Pagham is a quiet seaside resort with a south east facing shingle beach with a large shingle bar at the harbour entrance making this a good beach for windsurfing and sailing. A WW2 Mulberry Harbour platform protrudes from the sea at low tide and of local historic interest are the old railway carriages still in use for some of the beach houses. Pagham harbour is also a fantastic nature reserve with good access all around. Much of the area around the sea is a nature reserve and this now includes more than 700 acres of salt marsh and nearly 400 acres of farmland. Shops, pubs, cafe, toilets and car parking (limited in Pagham but larger at the nature reserve) and Pagham sailing club on the beach front.
- Middleton-on-Sea beach is a great family beach that has a high water pebble area and then sand at mid to low tide, when you can walk for miles in either direction to Bognor Regis or Littlehampton. The beach has a high pebble bank with some grass area, but the pebbles can be steep to go down. You have good rock pools at low tide around the rock coastal defence that sit off the beach towards Elmer and these sea defence rocks also provide some natural protection from any on-shore wind. It is very hard to park by Middleton-on-Sea beach as the area is backed by private estates with no vehicle access, although a few public footpaths lead from the main road to the beach with some parking in the village center. On a positive, due to parking difficulties, you will always have plenty of space to spread out. You have no facilities on the beach but close by in Middleton-on-Sea you have a couple of pubs, chippy, cafe and shops.
- Elmer Sands beach is a typical West Sussex pebble beach with a high water steep pebble bank and wooden groynes. As the tide goes out the beach expands into flat compact sand. You have some very interesting rock islands which form part of the local sea defence that at low tide become accessible and are great to explore for shells, shrimps and crabs, although be careful about climbing them. Elmer along with its immediate neighbour Middleton-on-Sea are excellent family beaches for all ages, great for beach games, rock pools and when at low-tide the water is very shallow making ideal conditions for swimming and beginner water sports as you can stand-up. If you get bored of just sitting on the beach at mid to low tide you have a nice easterly walk away from the built-up area towards Climping Beach where you can have a cake and ice-cream before heading back. The beach is very hard to get access due to the private beach-side estates that are common on this stretch of coast but this is the greatest benefit as it limits the number of people on the beach even on very hot summer days to locals and those staying nearby. The beach has no facilities with the closest being some shops and pubs located on the main road just back from the beach. The Elmer Sands Sailing Club does have an outside shower and the Elmer Sands estate has a grass playing field with basketball hoop and a small children’s play area.
- Old Bosham includes the remaining geographical protrusion to the south of the newer Bosham. This includes the site of the original village around Bosham Harbour, as well as the tracts of farmland and private property of Bosham Hoe. At high tide the sea comes right into the old village, flooding the lower road and several car parking spaces. Forming a part of Chichester Harbour, Bosham is renowned for its sailing. The Bosham Sailing Club has recently celebrated its centenary having been formed in 1907.
- Selsey Beach is a sand and shingle beach close to Pagham Harbour. The beach is part of Selsey Bill which is a headland stretching about three miles out into the ocean with the beach being on both sides. The most popular beach is the groyne ribbed one which has a wall at the back and is more sheltered. There are good facilities and the beaches here are popular for surfers and those who want to swim and sunbathe. Facilities include parking, no lifeguards, cafe, and toilets. There is a nature walk here where you will see many birds, plants and insects and end up at the Harbour with all the sailing boats. Selsey side of Pagham Harbour is excellent for birdwatching.
- Goring Gap beach by its very name is a beach that lies in the gap between Goring and Ferring and is part of a long stretch of West Sussex beach. The beach is pebble at high tide and then flat compact sand as the tide retreats with wooden groynes providing some great wind protection, and at the back of the beach, you have a large area of grass. When the wind picks up Goring Gap is a popular beach with windsurfers and kitesurfers as the grass area makes it ideal to set-up, although be aware of the groynes. Goring Gap is also a popular beach for horse riding, although summer restrictions are in place to keep them off the beach during the main part of the day. Parking is on the road or a small car park at the Ferring end of the beach and the beach has no facilities but it is only a short walk to either Ferring or Goring beaches that both have beach cafes and toilets.