West Wittering Beach

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 beach is divided by groynes to prevent coastal erosion and faces the Solent and the Isle of Wight.

It’s an ideal beach for sunbathing, paddling and watersports such as surfing, windsurfing and kite-surfing when conditions are right. Although largely undeveloped there are facilities include toilets, showers, parking and a café.

There are lifeguards in summer along with deck chair hire and surf lessons. As the tide retreats it leaves shallow lagoons of warm water - perfect for youngsters to splash and play.

West Wittering is a popular spot for bird-watching with many waders and wildfowl visiting during the migratory season.

You can walk along the beach into Chichester Harbour or head east to the shingle beach at Bracklesham.

Type of beach


Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Bins are provided and dog free zones are in place from May to September. Dog bins are available all year round.

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  • Diving & snorkelling
  • Kite surfing
  • Swimming/bathing
  • Surfing
  • Wind surfing


  • Shower

Nearest town



PO20 8AU

OS grid ref.

SZ 7691 9794


5000 pay spaces are available. There are disabled spaces.

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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West Wittering Beach Reviews

Stunning (and dogs are allowed).

Jul 26th 2022

Beautiful stretch of fine sandy beach. Facilities are fine, the limit on parking keeps it special.
Despite signs saying No Dogs, we found that you only need walk a short distance (5 minutes or less) to a Dog Friendly area.
Don’t complain about £8.50 parking fee. For a day here it’s well worth it.

Beautiful beach ruined by expensive parking, poor toilet facilities and selfish people.

Jul 15th 2022

Lovely beach. Probably the best in Sussex.
Ruined by ludicrously expensive parking fees, appalling and very old toilet facilities which are bordering on a public health problem. Despite all the signage saying NO DOGS there were many dogs on the beach. Some not on leads.
We nearly stepped in dog poo a couple of times with bear feet!! Litter everywhere. Bottle tops, food containers, plastic & glass bottles. No one policing and people basically, selfishly & flagrantly ignoring the rules. If West Wittering Beach estate wish to promote this potentially beautiful place as a 5* resort then they have a lot of work to do before we return and we would not consider taking our grandchildren there!

Denied entry

John bryant
Jul 10th 2022

A Lot of people denied entry as staff claim that you should know that you have to pre-book on website to enter the beach as we are doing this since last 3 years. Staff had attitud,  0 respect towards people and lack manners. People were confused at what was going on?? BE AWARE AND PRE-BOOK!!!

Super beach with miles of pure sand

May 08th 2022

Miles of beautiful soft sands from the start of the car park. How anyone can complain about that I have no idea! Stunning and peaceful. And when the tide goes out I couldn’t see the start of the sea. Beautiful, just beautiful. I would love to find the Zones in the summer that are not Dog Free so I can walk them there weekly. An Absolutely gorgeous getaway ❤️

Beach is best.

Marins Thewless
May 07th 2022

West Wittering Beach is stunning and very well cared for.  The loo’s are what they are. The car park charge!!!  Its reasonable, Where else can you go for a day out with kids and dogs for that price.
The maintenance and care that goes into The Beach, Dunes, Car Park Area etc must be horrendous.
People note. Dont abuse this place, be grateful.


Janet Morton Roca
Sep 22nd 2021

Cafe facilities minimal September.
The beach itself is great.

Mediocre at best

Dec 08th 2021

A windy December day so not the best time of year but sunny. Yes a lot of sand - nice. Outlook? Flat and boring - best views are out to the IoW. Worst aspect are the dingy cell blocks that masquerade as toilets - yuk! Look like converted bomb shelters from the outside and as basic as you can get on the
inside - long, long overdue for some of the high car parking fees to be spent on upgrading these dingy hovels.

What did we get wrong?