West Wittering Beach

West Wittering beach, Chichester, West Sussex

Place Category: Beaches

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  • 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.

    West Wittering Beach is a Blue Flag Beach.

    West Wittering Beach has dog restrictions. From May to September, dogs are excluded from the main swimming beach.

    Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 7 beaches around Chichester, 27 beaches in West Sussex, or check our list of West Sussex Dog Friendly Beaches.

  • West Wittering Beach 7-day Weather Forecast

    Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures rising to 20°C on Wednesday.

    Today's Forecast
     Light rain starting in the afternoon, continuing until evening.
       58%  68%   10 mph
      6:49 am    7:06 pm
    Friday, Sep 22nd
     Mostly cloudy starting in the afternoon.
       3%  28%   7 mph
      6:51 am    7:04 pm

    Saturday, Sep 23rd
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       0%  94%   10 mph
      6:52 am    7:01 pm
    Sunday, Sep 24th
     Mostly cloudy throughout the day.
       0%  46%   14 mph
      6:54 am    6:59 pm

    Monday, Sep 25th
     Light rain in the morning and evening.
       24%  89%   12 mph
      6:55 am    6:57 pm
    Tuesday, Sep 26th
     Partly cloudy until evening.
       20%  26%   8 mph
      6:57 am    6:55 pm

    Wednesday, Sep 27th
     Light rain overnight.
       9%  79%   8 mph
      6:58 am    6:52 pm
    Thursday, Sep 28th
     Overcast throughout the day.
       31%  99%   13 mph
      7:00 am    6:50 pm

  • West Wittering Beach Tide Times


  • West Wittering Beach Bathing 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.
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  • 1 Review on “West Wittering Beach”

    1. Anonymous West Wittering Beach
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      West Wittering beach is just an hour or so South of London and is one of the UK’s sandiest beaches. Probably the best beach in the UK.

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