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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bognor Regis West beach is in West Sussex and is a pebble beach that exposes sand at mid to low tide Located to the West of Bognor Regis pier, the beach is a family-friendly beach sloping gently towards the sea. Located in the town itself and becomes less busy as you move away from the Pier. A little along the promenade you have a small children’s play area and a skateboard/bmx ramp for older children that sits directly behind the beach. Also a small kiosk selling drinks and ice creams. The west beach tends to be less busy than the east beach partly due to being further away from the Butlins holiday camp. Facilities are shared with the East beach including toilets, amusements, pier,Cafe, pubs, restaurants, kiosks. Full facilities of the town centre just a short walk.
- 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.