Best beaches in West Sussex

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Below are a list of the top 12 beaches in West Sussex as selected by the users of the Beach Guide website.

The current most popular beach in West Sussex is West Wittering. If you would like to have your say on which are the best beaches in West Sussex just follow the link to the beach and vote by clicking the star ratings at the top right of the page.

  • 1. West Wittering Beach

    West Wittering © AurĂ©lien. | BY-SA

    Located at the mouth of Chichester Harbour, West Wittering has an attractive sandy beach within a Site of Special Scientific Interest. The sloping sandy beach is lined with multi coloured beach huts (available to hire) in a relatively flat coastal area. 

    Access is fairly easy over the sand dunes but there is limited disabled access. The…

  • 2. West Wittering - East Head Beach

    West Wittering - East Head © Ian Capper | BY-SA

    This delightful sand dune spit on the eastern side of the entrance to Chichester Harbour is considered by many to be one of the best beaches in West Sussex.  Here visitors will find a sandy beach, backed by dunes and salt marshes which provide a habitat for many rare species of plant and animal life. …

  • 3. Selsey Beach

    Selsey © Paul Gillett | BY-SA

    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. 

    The village offers a choice of beaches. The long area of shingle stretching up the east side of the headland towards Pagham Harbour Reserve, is backed by the narrow Selsey-Bill promenade…

  • 4. Climping Beach

    Climping Beach © Basher Eyre | BY-SA

    Climping beach is a quiet rural beach located about halfway Littlehampton and Bognor. Like many of the beaches along this stretch of the Sussex coast it is made up of shingle and pebbles held in place by a series of wooden groynes. As the tide goes out a vast expanse of sand is exposed. Unlike…

  • 5. Littlehampton Beach

    Littlehampton © Skuds | BY-SA

    The mile long sand and shingle beach at Littlehampton is everything you would expect from a long established seaside resort. There is a promenade, amusements, theme park, well maintained seafront gardens and even the UK's longest bench. Yes, there is a 1,000 feet long bench running along Littlehampton's seafront. As a regular contender for the…

  • 6. Bracklesham Bay

    Bracklesham Bay © Mike White | BY-SA

    Bracklesham Bay is a predominantly shingle beach, which becomes sandier towards the water's edge. When the tide is out, a large, area of wet sand, interspersed by wooden groynes is exposed. This disappears underwater when the tide comes back in. The beach is backed by the village and overlooks the bay, both of which share…

  • 7. Middleton-on-Sea Beach

    Middleton-on-Sea © Peter Holmes | BY-SA

    The sandy beach of Middleton-on-Sea, just east of Bognor Regis, is one of the sunniest spots in the United Kingdom. For a beach along this stretch of coastline it is relatively quiet and tranquil, being used mostly by locals walking their dogs. The beach includes substantial sea defences against coastal erosion, including wooden groynes and…

  • 8. Goring Beach

    Goring Beach © Jake Watson | BY-SA

    The beach at Goring-by-Sea your classic West Sussex beach; a long stretch of pebbles and shingle separated by wooden groynes mark the high tide mark. Beyond this is an expanse of flat sand. To the rear of the beach is a large grassy area which is separated from the beach by a narrow paved area…

  • 9. Littlehampton West Beach

    Littlehampton West Beach © Robin Webster | BY-SA

    Just across the River Arun from Littlehampton's East Beach, but a world away is West Beach. Whilst the sand and shingle may be the same as that just across the river you won't find any of the development and seaside "fun" over here. In fact this lovely stretch of beach is a Site of Special…

  • 10. South Lancing Beach

    South Lancing © Chris Thomas-atkin | BY-SA

    South Lancing is a shingle beach between Shoreham-by-Sea and Worthing.  At low tide a vast section of wet, compact sand is revealed which is popular with dog walkers. At the back of the beach are a number of pastel coloured beach huts.  

    South Lancing is home to a sailing club and the beach is popular with…

  • 11. East Wittering Beach

    East Wittering © Simon Huguet | BY-SA

    East Wittering beach is typical of many beaches along England's south coast with its shelving shingle and wooden groynes. As the tide goes out expansive sand flats are revealed - the kind of sand that is perfect for building sand castles and ball games! East Wittering is 2 miles from its more popular neighbour, West…

  • 12. Felpham Beach

    Felpham © Peter Jeffery | BY-SA

    The sand and shingle beach of Felpham is situated on the outskirts of the popular seaside resort of Bognor Regis. Given this it is little surprise that the beach here comes with all the classic British seaside trimmings including beach huts and a promenade.

    Felpham beach itself is fairly typical of West Sussex beaches in that…