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.

Visit West Wittering Beach


(Get directions)

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 6.9℃ to 8.9℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (S)
Sunday, Mar 26heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 6.9℃ to 8.4℃ with wind speed 8.4 m/sec (S)
Monday, Mar 27partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 3.2℃ to 3.8℃ with wind speed 4.4 m/sec (NNW)
Tuesday, Mar 28cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.1℃ to 7.3℃ with wind speed 8.5 m/sec (SSE)
Wednesday, Mar 29cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 9.5℃ to 9.9℃ with wind speed 6.3 m/sec (WSW)
Thursday, Mar 30cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 10.2℃ to 11℃ with wind speed 9 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Mar 31heavyrain
Expect a temp in the range 10.1℃ to 10.5℃ with wind speed 6.9 m/sec (SSE)

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. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Sat 25 Mar
   High Tide at 01:35 (Height 5.00m)
   Low Tide at 06:55 (Height 0.65m)
   High Tide at 13:53 (Height 4.81m)
   Low Tide at 19:15 (Height 0.77m)
Sun 26 Mar
   High Tide at 02:13 (Height 4.79m)
   Low Tide at 07:31 (Height 0.90m)
   High Tide at 14:34 (Height 4.59m)
   Low Tide at 19:50 (Height 1.09m)
Mon 27 Mar
   High Tide at 02:52 (Height 4.50m)
   Low Tide at 08:05 (Height 1.20m)
   High Tide at 15:18 (Height 4.30m)
   Low Tide at 20:25 (Height 1.44m)
Tue 28 Mar
   High Tide at 03:34 (Height 4.18m)
   Low Tide at 08:43 (Height 1.53m)
   High Tide at 16:06 (Height 3.99m)
   Low Tide at 21:07 (Height 1.82m)
Wed 29 Mar
   High Tide at 04:22 (Height 3.84m)
   Low Tide at 09:36 (Height 1.87m)
   High Tide at 17:03 (Height 3.71m)
   Low Tide at 22:30 (Height 2.16m)
Thu 30 Mar
   High Tide at 05:23 (Height 3.56m)
   Low Tide at 11:55 (Height 2.06m)
   High Tide at 18:19 (Height 3.53m)
Fri 31 Mar
   Low Tide at 00:37 (Height 2.21m)
   High Tide at 06:49 (Height 3.43m)
   Low Tide at 13:09 (Height 1.97m)
   High Tide at 20:01 (Height 3.59m)

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 I do? Here you have a list by order of being the closest some more beaches, things to see and do, accommodation, places to eat and upcoming events.

Where to stay ...

Something to eat…

Nearby beaches…

Something to see and do…

Your Recently Viewed Locations