West Wittering Beach

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 & has a seaside award
West Wittering Beach is a Blue Flag Beach and has been awarded a regional Seaside Award.

Dog Friendly Beach?

West Wittering Beach has dog restrictions.
West Wittering beach excludes dogs from the main swimming beach from May to 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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West Wittering 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 4.4℃ to 5.2℃ with wind speed 8.6 m/sec (N)
Saturday, Jan 28fair_night
Expect a temp in the range 0.5℃ to 2℃ with wind speed 4.5 m/sec (NNE)
Sunday, Jan 29cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 2℃ to 3.5℃ with wind speed 2.8 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, Jan 30cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.9℃ to 8.7℃ with wind speed 7.2 m/sec (W)
Tuesday, Jan 31cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.1℃ to 7.2℃ with wind speed 3.9 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, Feb 01clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.4℃ to 6.6℃ with wind speed 8 m/sec (WNW)
Thursday, Feb 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 4.9℃ to 6℃ with wind speed 6.9 m/sec (WNW)

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

West Wittering Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to West Wittering Beach is at CHICHESTER HARBOUR (ENTRANCE) 1.89 km (1.17 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height.

Fri 27 Jan
   High Tide at 03:26 (Height 4.78m)
   Low Tide at 08:42 (Height 1.17m)
   High Tide at 15:39 (Height 4.54m)
   Low Tide at 21:10 (Height 1.15m)
Sat 28 Jan
   High Tide at 04:12 (Height 4.58m)
   Low Tide at 09:37 (Height 1.44m)
   High Tide at 16:30 (Height 4.29m)
   Low Tide at 22:07 (Height 1.46m)
Sun 29 Jan
   High Tide at 05:01 (Height 4.33m)
   Low Tide at 10:41 (Height 1.71m)
   High Tide at 17:25 (Height 4.04m)
   Low Tide at 23:12 (Height 1.75m)
Mon 30 Jan
   High Tide at 05:56 (Height 4.10m)
   Low Tide at 11:55 (Height 1.89m)
   High Tide at 18:28 (Height 3.84m)
Tue 31 Jan
   Low Tide at 00:25 (Height 1.94m)
   High Tide at 07:01 (Height 3.94m)
   Low Tide at 13:12 (Height 1.92m)
   High Tide at 19:45 (Height 3.78m)
Wed 01 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:40 (Height 1.97m)
   High Tide at 08:14 (Height 3.93m)
   Low Tide at 14:19 (Height 1.81m)
   High Tide at 21:06 (Height 3.89m)
Thu 02 Feb
   Low Tide at 02:39 (Height 1.87m)
   High Tide at 09:21 (Height 4.06m)
   Low Tide at 15:08 (Height 1.63m)
   High Tide at 22:05 (Height 4.08m)

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