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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- East Preston and Angmering beach has groynes and is pebbles with compact sand at mid to low tide. This is a standard beach for this West Sussex coast stretch, although due to difficult access the beach tends to be used by the locals. The area surrounding the beach is very similar to areas west of Littlehampton towards Bognor Regis, like Middleton-on-Sea, where houses and private estates back directly onto a pebble beach. Popular sailing location with a sailing club on the beach and a small beach kiosk by the club and a cafe 100yds back up the road. Limited parking due to the private estates backing onto the beach, which means you have two parking choices, the village or the sailing club. Some of the roads have daytime parking restrictions in the summer or require residence permits. The beach is only just down the road from Angmering village centre with cafes, more parking, pubs and some shops.
- 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.
- Worthing beach is in West Sussex and is low-key compared to it’s East Sussex neighbour Brighton. Like all beaches on the West Sussex coast, it is a pebbly beach but when the tide is out its sand and many shallow pools. A great beach for family games, exploring and paddling. The Lido on the beachfront no longer offers a swim but has funfair rides, cafes, beach shops and an ice cream kiosk. Spend your time walking along the beach or promenade people watching and exploring the grassy areas just behind the beach or the town shops. At the western end towards Goring, you have a children’s playground on the beach itself. Facilities include car parks, street parking, cafe, lido, pier, beach huts, shelters, playground, promenade and full facilities you would expect of a seaside town centre. If you are interested in watersports then it probably best to head a little west to Goring Gap beach.
- Felpham beach is a combination of pebbles and sand divided by groynes like most the West Sussex beaches. As the tide goes out you have rock pools and large areas of flat beach. At the back of the beach you have rows of beach huts with nice grass areas in front. Felpham beach sits next to Bognor Regis beaches and is more built up with concrete promenade than its more easterly neighbours of Middleton-on-Sea, Elmer Sands and Climping. Felpham beach tends to attract more locals than tourists as it located behind the village, with most tourists heading to Bognor Regis. Facilities include cafe, shop, toilets, beach huts, promenade, Felpham sailing club, tennis courts and putting green. Parking can be hard on a summer day but you can park either in the side roads or there is a large car park in the village.
- The East Beach at Selsey in West Sussex is a pebble beach on either side of the RNLI lifeboat station. Selsey is situated on a peninsula jutting out into the English Channel about eight miles south of Chichester. A small town that retains its history, the unique Selsey community spirit and the Selsey fishing fleet. Fresh fish and crabs are for sale caught by the local fishing boats pulled up on the beach. There are many things to do including walks along the seawall, cycle routes, Selsey lifeboat station and museum, windsurfing and a diving and snorkelling centre. Facilities at the beach include free parking on the road, pub, toilets, RNLI shop and children’s play area whilst Selsey is a moderate walk away and has a wider range of restaurants, cafes, bars and pubs.
- Goring beach is a pebble beach at the west end of the main long Worthing beach. The beach here is a pebble beach with compact sand at mid to low tide and is backed by a large grassy area. This is a good location for kitesurfing as you have the green behind the beach which provides the ideal place to set-up and meet fellow kitesurfers, with the best kite conditions are either side of mid tide. You have road parking and two car parks at either end of this beach, Marine Crescent and Sea Lane, at Sea Lane you have a licensed cafe, shop and toilets, beach huts are on the beach with some available for hire. Fishing boats launch from the beach and if your timing is good you can buy some fresh fish as they are unloaded.
- 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.
- 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.
- Ferring beach is located just beyond the Goring end of the long Worthing seafront. This is the usual West Sussex pebble beach with wooden groynes and a steep pebble bank at the high water mark. The beach is ideal for rock-pooling at low tide and swimming at high tide, although the sea can be a long way out at low tide. The beach often has horses in the early morning as they gain access from the nearby Goring Gap Beach. Facilities at the beach include a licensed cafe that accepts dogs, toilets, beach huts and car parking, although the car park is open only for the cafe hours.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.