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.
- 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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Our tide forecast for Elmer Sands Beach in West Sussex.
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