Elmer Sands Beach, West Sussex


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 fascinating 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 tough to get access due to the private gated 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 sweltering 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. There is a free car park in Middleton-on-Sea village – postcode for this is PO22 7SR

The Elmer Sands Estate has a private Sailing Club with an outside shower and the estate has a grass playing field with basketball hoop and a small children’s play area. These are all solely for the use of Elmer Sands residents and guests.

Elmer Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year. Elmer Sands Beach is dog friendly and allows dogs all year.

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have no beaches around Bognor Regis, 27 beaches in West Sussex, or check our list of West Sussex Dog Friendly Beaches.

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  • Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  • Good: generally good water quality
  • Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  • Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

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3 Reviews on “Elmer Sands Beach, West Sussex”

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  • Ger

    Getting congested and overcrowded now as so many trippers are coming. And because of parking restrictions it is difficult to park without risking a ticket. Sat next to a large extended family who in visiting brought everything including the kitchen sink and a radio. What with no facilities, no loos, it spoilt an otherwise pleasant place. Haven’t recommended this to anyone for the above.

    1. Dennis J Killian

      I agree with your comments.
      Last weekend I got a parking ticket and so did many others; I guessed we should not have parked on the double yellow lines after all!! We just copied what everyone else did and now regret it – a very expensive trip to this little beach. You have been warned!
      No toilets also makes this a poor choice if you have children. Will not be going again.

  • Well, Visited and decided to move there after 1st glimpse.
    2 years now we have sold our house in Surrey and guess what? We are on our way to Elmer.
    Please help us by introducing us to people and businesses
    Really looking forward to being there

  • A great family beach.
    This beach is excellent for families and less busy than the local beaches at Bognor Regis and Littlehampton, partly due to difficult parking. The beach is pebbles at high tide but at mid to low tide you get a large area of sand and rock pools to explore. Good walk in either direction to Bognor or Climping when the tide is out. Dog friendly.

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