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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- 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.
- 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.
- West Wittering beach overlooks the Solent and Chichester Harbour and has the South Downs as a beautiful backdrop. This is an excellent family destination with a sandy beach and large grassy area for parking and sunbathing. There are tidal pools which are ideal for children to explore and go crabbing in. Although it is mostly a sandy beach there are patches of shingle and some sand dunes. Back in the 1950s this area of beach and grassland was purchased by locals to protect it from developers. At low tide the ocean runs out giving you about a quarter of a mile of sand backed by some amazing dunes and grassland. This beach is popular with windsurfers and kite surfers, while shallow lagoons are left on extensive sandy flats at low tide. The whole area is internationally recognised for its wildlife, birds and unique beauty. Facilities include toilets, cafe, restaurant, beach huts, deckchair hire, surfboard hire, pay parking and lifeguards in summer months.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bracklesham Bay Beach is sandy and has a gently shelving shore making it perfect for swimming, sailing, fishing, surfing and diving or just paddling! Water sport enthusiasts love this area of the West Sussex coast as it is the perfect spot for wind surfing and kite surfing too! This beech has amazing views south west across the Solent to the Isle of Wight on a clear day. It is a great beach for fossil hunters and an important stop for migrating birds. The beach has clean water and the local village of East Wittering offers facilities like shops, restaurants and entertainment. Accommodation is easy to find as there are a few caravan sites and camping areas. Facilities include: restaurant/cafe, toilets, boating/canoeing/jet skiing/diving, parking excellent.
- 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.
- South Lancing Beach is located next to Lancing Beach Green a large public grass area with direct access to the beach. The beach has the usual West Sussex wooden groynes and is pebbles with compact sand at mid to low tide. Lancing is part of a long stretch of West Sussex coast that runs eastwards from Worthing’s Pier and Splash Point, through Lancing and down to Shoreham harbour. The beach has a path that runs behind it giving plenty of access options away from the main car park areas. If you take that little effort and move away from the busier areas you will also see working parts of the beach with small fishing boats pulled up The beach has a swimming zone that keeps water sports users away from bathers and as the beach is popular with kitesurfers there are two zoned areas, the first is a free rider zone and the second is a kitesurfing teacher zone. The surf is best in the winter months with a good beach break. Facilities at the beach include parking (fees March to September inclusive), toilets, food, beach huts, children’s play area.
- 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.
- Aldwick beach is the continuation of a single long stretch of West Sussex pebble beaches. As with all beaches in this area you have pebbles only at high tide and then as the tide goes out you get compact sand. The tide goes out a long way giving lots of space and exposes some rocks to explore. The beach has some colourful beach huts and a small beachside cafe that has tables and sells hot and cold food. The beach here also has some small fishing boats that get pulled onto the beach. Behind the beach you have Marine Park that gives an alternative to the pebbles and sand and also some more space whilst the tide is in. Beach huts, beach cafe selling hot and cold food, parking (pay and display Apr-Sept and free Oct – Mar), gardens and grass 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.