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Selsey Beach

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Selsey Beach - West Sussex

© Simon Carey and licensed for reuse under this Creative Commons Licence

Selsey, at the southernmost point of the Manhood Peninsula, south of Chichester, is known for its crabs and lobsters and for its varied bird life. At the southern end of the beach is a narrow, metal pier, at the end of which is a lifeboat station.

The village offers a choice of beaches. The long area of shingle stretching up the east side of the headland from the lifeboat station towards Pagham Harbour Reserve, is backed by a narrow promenade and is interspersed with wooden groynes. The land here is low-lying and is at risk from flooding.

There are many submerged rock formations off the headland. Towards the top end of the beach, just south of Pagham Lagoon is a long spit of shingle which is of significant geological interest.

The village of Selsey has a long history of fishing and still has its own fleet. Some limited facilities can be found here. There are more extensive facilities in Chichester.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Restrictions may apply (usually from Easter until the end of Summer)

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Sailing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Wind surfing


  • Cafe/restaurant
  • Toilets
  • Childrens play area

Nearest town

Bognor Regis


PO20 0EU

OS grid ref.

SZ 8620 9276

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Marine Conservation Society Recommended