Littlehampton Beach (aka East Beach or Coastguards Beach)

Littlehampton beach is the main beach for Littlehampton, also known as East beach or Coastguards beach. The beach is a clean, safe and large shingle beach, overlooked by the coastguard tower. At mid to low tide the shingle gives way to a large sandy beach.

The Littlehampton East beach is 10 minutes flat walk through the riverside walkway to the town, the walkway runs beside the River Arun, past the RNLI lifeboat station and harbour.

Activities include what you would expect with the traditional family beach holiday as well as sea angling, sailing, windsurfing and kite surfing, although kitesurfing tends to be done on either side at Littlehampton West beach or Rustington beach.

Littlehampton is a popular British seaside destination surrounded by plenty of history, things to do and see, with the South Downs to the north and easy access to Chichester, Arundel and Worthing. This is an ideal town to stay in whether you want to relax or explore the West Sussex surrounding area.

The seafront has The Long Bench, thought to be the longest bench in Britain and one of the longest in the world. The wood and stainless steel bench ‘flows’ along the promenade curving around obstacles along the seafront. The bench measures 324 metres and can seat over 300 people.

Facilities at the beach include pay and display car parks, toilets, seasonal lifeguards, cafes, restaurants, the unusual East Beach Cafe, beach huts, deckchair hire, promenade, bowling, crazy golf, and amusement arcade, leisure centre and plenty of large grass areas.

Littlehampton Beach has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Littlehampton Beach has dog restrictions.
Littlehampton beach does not allow dogs between 1st May and 30th September.

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

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Littlehampton 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 7.5℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 5.7 m/sec (W)
Sunday, Feb 05partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.2℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 5.6 m/sec (W)
Monday, Feb 06fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 1.7℃ to 3℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (NNE)
Tuesday, Feb 07fog
Expect a temp in the range -0.1℃ to 2℃ with wind speed 4.1 m/sec (NE)
Wednesday, Feb 08cloudy
Expect a temp in the range -0.4℃ to 1.5℃ with wind speed 2.4 m/sec (NE)
Thursday, Feb 09clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.3℃ to 5.8℃ with wind speed 3.6 m/sec (S)
Friday, Feb 10cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4℃ to 5.6℃ with wind speed 1.9 m/sec (NNW)

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

Littlehampton Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Littlehampton Beach is at Littlehampton 1.44 km (0.89 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.

Sat 04 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:20 (Height 1.22m)
   High Tide at 10:40 (Height 5.15m)
   Low Tide at 16:40 (Height 0.95m)
   High Tide at 23:08 (Height 5.27m)
Sun 05 Feb
   Low Tide at 04:57 (Height 1.04m)
   High Tide at 11:17 (Height 5.31m)
   Low Tide at 17:16 (Height 0.81m)
   High Tide at 23:44 (Height 5.42m)
Mon 06 Feb
   Low Tide at 05:32 (Height 0.92m)
   High Tide at 11:50 (Height 5.40m)
   Low Tide at 17:51 (Height 0.72m)
Tue 07 Feb
   High Tide at 00:15 (Height 5.49m)
   Low Tide at 06:06 (Height 0.86m)
   High Tide at 12:19 (Height 5.44m)
   Low Tide at 18:25 (Height 0.70m)
Wed 08 Feb
   High Tide at 00:43 (Height 5.52m)
   Low Tide at 06:39 (Height 0.84m)
   High Tide at 12:47 (Height 5.45m)
   Low Tide at 18:57 (Height 0.71m)
Thu 09 Feb
   High Tide at 01:10 (Height 5.52m)
   Low Tide at 07:10 (Height 0.85m)
   High Tide at 13:17 (Height 5.44m)
   Low Tide at 19:26 (Height 0.75m)
Fri 10 Feb
   High Tide at 01:38 (Height 5.51m)
   Low Tide at 07:38 (Height 0.88m)
   High Tide at 13:48 (Height 5.42m)
   Low Tide at 19:52 (Height 0.82m)

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