Elmer Sands Beach

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 to 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 Boating and Angling Club with an outside shower and the estate has a grass playing field with a 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 7 beaches at Bognor Regis, 27 beaches in West Sussex, or check our list of West Sussex Dog Friendly Beaches.

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Elmer Sands Beach Water Quality

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.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 5.9℃ to 6.4℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (NNE)
Friday, Dec 02lightrainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 5℃ to 6.3℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (NNE)
Saturday, Dec 03partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 4.8℃ to 5.4℃ with wind speed 6.8 m/sec (NE)
Sunday, Dec 04partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.9℃ to 4.5℃ with wind speed 7 m/sec (ENE)
Monday, Dec 05cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.8℃ to 5℃ with wind speed 4.9 m/sec (ENE)
Tuesday, Dec 06lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 7.2℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 3.7 m/sec (S)
Wednesday, Dec 07cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.6℃ to 6.1℃ with wind speed 6.4 m/sec (NE)

Bognor Regis weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Elmer Sands Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Elmer Sands Beach is at Littlehampton 3.39 km (2.11 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 01 Jan
   Low Tide at 05:03 (Height 0.00m)
Thu 01 Dec
   Low Tide at 07:03 (Height m)

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