Climping Beach (aka Atherington 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 large car park grass areas for setting up.

Climping Beach is a quieter coastline than its neighbour seaside towns of Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. If you walk eastwards from the car park towards Littlehampton, much of the area is now designated of scientific interest, and parts are a nature reserve. However, many sections of the sand dunes are now fenced off to protect against erosion and help local species to thrive.

The beach is exposed and struggles with coastal erosion and can change its appearance between visits. As you walk westwards towards Bognor Regis, this is the stretch of beach that is eating into the farm fields more and more each year.

A great place to base a coastal walk, you can head in either direction; to the East, you have the dune eco-system and 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), a cafe with outdoor seating, toilets and an 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 are available on the road by the beach.

Climping Beach is often referred to as Atherington Beach after the coastal hamlet it sits within rather than the nearby village of Climping.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Climping Beach has dog restrictions.
Climping beach, Dogs allowed on lead in one of the carparks and free to roam on the beach.

Horses not allowed March to October during car park opening hours.

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

Planning your visit to Climping Beach


(Get directions)

Place Category: Beaches

Climping Beach 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 14℃ to 17.5℃ with wind speed 8.3 m/sec (WNW)
Wednesday, Oct 04partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 13.1℃ to 13.3℃ with wind speed 7.6 m/sec (W)
Thursday, Oct 05cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 13.1℃ to 13.3℃ with wind speed 6.4 m/sec (W)
Friday, Oct 06cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 15.1℃ to 15.6℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, Oct 07clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 15.3℃ to 16℃ with wind speed 3.3 m/sec (SW)
Sunday, Oct 08clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 16.3℃ to 17.4℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (SSE)
Monday, Oct 09cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 15.6℃ to 17℃ with wind speed 6.4 m/sec (WSW)

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

Climping Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Climping Beach is at Littlehampton 1.65 km (1.03 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height, helping you to plan the best time to visit Climping Beach. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Tue 03 Oct
   High Tide at 01:24 (Height 6.01m)
   Low Tide at 07:18 (Height 0.49m)
   High Tide at 13:43 (Height 5.97m)
   Low Tide at 19:39 (Height 0.63m)
Wed 04 Oct
   High Tide at 02:02 (Height 5.70m)
   Low Tide at 07:55 (Height 0.82m)
   High Tide at 14:19 (Height 5.58m)
   Low Tide at 20:17 (Height 0.99m)
Thu 05 Oct
   High Tide at 02:41 (Height 5.29m)
   Low Tide at 08:34 (Height 1.24m)
   High Tide at 14:57 (Height 5.11m)
   Low Tide at 20:56 (Height 1.41m)
Fri 06 Oct
   High Tide at 03:28 (Height 4.81m)
   Low Tide at 09:17 (Height 1.70m)
   High Tide at 15:47 (Height 4.59m)
   Low Tide at 21:46 (Height 1.85m)
Sat 07 Oct
   High Tide at 04:31 (Height 4.36m)
   Low Tide at 10:18 (Height 2.14m)
   High Tide at 16:57 (Height 4.14m)
   Low Tide at 23:04 (Height 2.20m)
Sun 08 Oct
   High Tide at 05:47 (Height 4.09m)
   Low Tide at 12:17 (Height 2.35m)
   High Tide at 18:20 (Height 3.97m)
Mon 09 Oct
   Low Tide at 01:06 (Height 2.16m)
   High Tide at 07:34 (Height 4.20m)
   Low Tide at 13:41 (Height 2.11m)
   High Tide at 20:09 (Height 4.22m)

Contains ADMIRALTY® tidal data: © Crown Copyright and database right.

You may also like ...

In this 'you may also like' section we attempt to answer what else can do near Climping Beach? Here you have a list by order of being the closest some more beaches, things to see and do, places to eat and upcoming events.

Something to eat…

Nearby beaches…

Something to see and do…

Your Recently Viewed Locations