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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- Selsey West beach is on a long stretch of coast linking Selsey with Bracklesham, the beach is mainly pebbles and at high tide, all you get is a steep pebble bank, although as the tide goes out you get some hard compact sand. The main car park is by Marine Car park, Hillfield Rd, and here you also have a small beach kiosk. This section of beach is a little narrow and has wooden groynes that can give some welcome break from the wind that can hit Selsey Bill, the southern point of the Manhood Peninsula. As you head away from Selsey the beach gets wider and you have a large caravan park sitting behind and if you are energetic you can travel down to Bracklesham Bay. It is often worth considering the wind direction when looking at Selsey beaches, then heading to either the East or West beach as they can offer very different conditions on the same day.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Rustington beach is a shingle beach with compact sand at low tide and the beach forms part of a long stretch of beach adjoining to Littlehampton East beach. On a windy day, you will always find many kitesurfers although care should be taken with kites as there is a road at the top of the beach. Car parking on the road and many facilities and car parks nearby at Littlehampton East Beach.
- 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.
- Climping beach as with many along the Sussex coast has pebbles at high tide and is divided by wooden groynes. But at low tide, a huge expanse of dark, fine, hard-packed sand is exposed, making it an ideal spot for families and shallow swimming. Very popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers with car park grass areas for setting up. Climping Beach is a quieter area of coastline than its neighbour seaside towns of Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. If you head eastwards towards Littlehampton much of the area is now designated of scientific interest, and parts are a nature reserve, although many sections of the sand dunes are now fenced off to protect against erosion and help local species to thrive. The actual beach is exposed and struggles with coastal erosion and can change its appearance between visits. A great place to base a coastal walk, you can head in either direction; to the East, you have the dune eco-system and then Littlehampton. To the West, you are backed by countryside and then hit the many private beach estates (Elmer, Middleton-on-sea, Felpham) that line this stretch of Coast before Bognor Regis. Facilities at the beach include car parking (charges apply), cafe with outdoor seating, toilets and outside shower, field available for hire. You also have a pub half a mile back up the road from the beach. Out of hours the car park is closed but a few spaces available on the road by the beach. Climping Beach is often also referred to as Atherington Beach after the coastal hamlet it sits within rather than the nearby village of Climping.
- Shoreham beach is a long wide shingle beach with wooden groynes. The beach is a popular South Coast water sports location, providing some good but safe sailing conditions. Conditions at Shoreham depend on the wind, but a typical SW wind will produce nice conditions ideal for the intermediate sailor. Best to avoid 2 hours before and after high tide. If you are learning, Shoreham can be an excellent location to practise in a F2 or 3, with flat-ish water shallow for a reasonable distance out at low tide. Facilities:A couple of pay and display car parks and limited parking on the road. Toilets Cafe (summer) Shops on Ferry Road near one of the car parksWe have no dog information for Shoreham beach.
- 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.
- 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.