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

Water quality

Water quality star rating


Blue Flag AwardMarine Conservation Society Recommended

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West Wittering Beach Reviews


Janet Morton Roca
Sep 22nd 2021

Cafe facilities minimal September.
The beach itself is great.

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