West Sussex Beaches and Coast

West Sussex is a county on the south coast of England in the United Kingdom. It borders the English coastal counties of East Sussex and Hampshire. This beautiful county is a thriving mix of stunning coastal scenery, rolling hills and ancient market towns.

With a contrasting coastline of around 40 miles, West Sussex is a great place to base yourselves for a holiday. It's easy to reach due to its accessible road and rail network and international airport, and you'll find a wide selection of quality accommodation whatever your budget.

Explore the breathtaking views and countryside in the South Downs National Park which reaches down to the coast. The area contains the seaside towns of Chichester, Bognor Regis, Worthing and Littlehampton or venture inland to soak up the atmosphere of one of the many historic castles and stately homes.

As half of West Sussex's countryside is protected, it has a fantastic range of outdoor activities for both residents and visitors alike. Its many beaches, both rocky and sandy, are some of the best in the country and offer sunseekers, rock-pool enthusiasts, walkers, climbers, windsurfers, kitesurfers and horse riders a great day out!

All Places in West Sussex

  • 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 read more

  • Climping Beach

    Climping beach is also known as Atherington Beach, as with many along the south coast, has wooden groynes and is pebbles at high tide. 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 read more

  • Littlehampton West Beach

    Littlehampton West Beach is on the opposite side of the River Arun from the town centre. You can either walk across the bridge from the main Littlehampton family east beach or use the local car park. The beach is much quieter than the main Littlehampton coastguards beach. Part of the read more

  • Elmer Sands Beach

    Elmer Sands beach is pebbles and wooden groynes at high tide but when the tide goes out the beach becomes a flat compact sand. Excellent family beach for all ages, beach games, rock pools and when tide goes out the water becomes very shallow making ideal conditions for swimming and read more

  • Littlehampton Beach

    Littlehampton Beach is the main beach for Littlehampton, also known as East beach or Coastguards beach. The beach is a clean and safe large shingle beach, overlooked by the coastguard tower, gives way to sand at low tide. The East beach is a 10 minutes flat walk through riverside walkway read more

  • Selsey East Beach

    The East Beach at Selsey in West Sussex is a pebble beach on either side of the RNLI lifeboat station. Selsey is situated on a peninsula jutting out into the English Channel about eight miles south of Chichester. A small town that retains its history, the unique Selsey community spirit read more

  • Shoreham Beach

    Shoreham beach is a long wide shingle beach with wooden groynes. The beach is a popular South Coast water sports location, providing some good but safe sailing conditions. Conditions at Shoreham depend on the wind, but a typical SW wind will produce nice conditions ideal for the intermediate sailor. Best read more

  • Middleton-on-Sea Beach

    Middleton-on-Sea beach is a great family beach that has a high water pebble area and then sand at mid to low tide. At low tide you can walk for miles in either direction to Bognor Regis or Littlehampton. The beach has a high bank with grass area, but the pebbles read more

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