Our excellent position in the South Downs means we are lucky enough to have some of the UK’s most picturesque beaches right on our doorstep.
Sussex has over 50 miles of spectacular award-winning coastline to explore, with many beaches boasting the prestigious Blue Flag award which guarantees they are among the best in the world. So whether you are looking to enjoy a family day out, try your hand at a new sport or get closer to nature, the diverse beaches of Sussex have something for everyone...
The remote beach of Climping offers a natural harbour between the built up coasts of Bognor Regis and Brighton. Pebbly at high tide and extensive and sandy at low tide, this stretch is well-liked by dog walkers and wild swimmers alike. During low season, it’s also a popular destination for horse riders who at low tide can enjoy long sandy canters.
Close to Climping beach is The Black Horse Inn - an 18th century former smuggler’s rest stop, with a cosy bar and restaurant offering delicious food and local ales. Recline by the fire on colder days or relax in the garden when the sun comes out.
The Blue Flag beach of West Wittering can always be found high on the list of Britain’s best beaches. It is within an Area of Outstanding Natural beauty and this, coupled with its miles of white golden sand, warm tidal pools and great amenities, mean it’s extremely popular with families playing beach games, having picnics and enjoying a swim or a paddle.
The beach is also very popular with surfers, kite surfers and windsurfers when the conditions are right. Inland there are a number of shops catering to water sports, many of which offer lessons and equipment hire.
www.2xs.co.uk (Wind/Kite/SUP surfing shop and hire)
Ideal for those wanting to get closer to nature, Cuckmere Haven beach is located within the Seven Sisters Country Park, at the point where the South Downs meet the sea. The walk to Cuckmere beach follows the meandering River Cuckmere and opens out on a pretty shingle beach offering spectacular views of the towering white cliffs of the Seven Sisters. The route along the river encompasses flower-rich chalk grasslands, a haven for wildlife and migrant birds, so be sure to bring your binoculars for a chance to see herons, wagtails and oystercatchers. It is truly a walker’s paradise and perfect for nature enthusiasts.
The beach is rich in fascinating history and was frequented by smugglers during the 16th, 17th, and 18th centuries. It also featured heavily in World War II and the original anti-invasion defences can still be seen to this day.
Rated first class in the 2016 Seaside Awards, Littlehampton’s West Beach is home to one of only three sand dune systems in West Sussex. Well known for its laid back atmosphere, West Beach is a great spot to relax with a picnic and on clear days you can enjoy views of neighbouring Bognor and even the Isle of Wight. The beach is tailored towards family fun and even holds a well-loved sandcastle competition every August.
If it’s a grey day, why not pay a visit to the East Beach Café, a magnificent structure designed by architect Peter Ayres who set out to create a building that fitted into the tough seaside context. The cafe’s exterior resembles a giant piece of driftwood while the interior boasts a large open plan design offering beautiful views of the beach. East Beach Café has won a number of awards, including Coastal Café of the Year, Business of the Year, and the Sussex by the Sea Tourism Award as well as winning a national architecture prize from the Royal Institute of British Architects.
Originally associated with caravan park holidays, Camber Sands has seen a revival in popularity and reputation thanks to its miles of magnificent world class sand dunes, which provide all the ingredients for a perfect beach day experience. Being picked by fashionistas for shoots and hosting a music festival have cemented this beach firmly within the cool crowd.
Camber Sands is also one of the best beaches in Britain for Kite Buggying, an exhilarating extreme sport using a power kite, three wheeled cart and the wind to reach speeds in excess of 50mph! The Kite Surf Centre offer day courses and lessons if you think you’d like to have a go.
Image credits: 1. 'Climping beach' by youngie42. Licensed under CC BY 2.0; 2. 'West Wittering, Sand Dunes and Beach' by David Dixon. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0; 3. 'Seven Sisters' by George Redgrave. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0; 4. 'Drift wood' by Bob Broglia. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0; 5. 'Beach' by Sarah Leo. Licensed under CC BY-ND 2.0;