We are finally enjoying a heat wave in West Sussex, which has got us thinking about our local beaches. We are spoilt for choice in and around Chichester, with golden sands and clean clear waters to suit sunbathers, swimmers, sailors, paddle boarders, kayakers and kite surfers – to name a few. With plenty of benefits to owning a home near the beach (to include physical, mental and financial), we thought we’d highlight some of our favourite locations, from well-known stretches to hidden hotspots…

West Wittering

Dotted with colourful beach huts and wooden groynes along its golden sandy sands, West Wittering is a very popular beach with families and dog walkers. In fact, it has just been unveiled as one of the UK’s top trending beaches for summer 2022! Dependent on what the wind is doing, you’ll find surfers, kayakers, paddle boarders and kite surfers set off from the shoreline into the highest of quality waters. For those who prefer to stay on the sand, it’s ideal for playing games and making sun castles. The best time to enjoy the beach itself is when the tide is right out, as expansive flat sands are revealed. It’s also one of the premier Blue Flag beaches in the country, meaning it is clean, accessible and has good safety procedures in place with lifeguards. The car park is huge, there’s a fantastic café and dogs are allowed on the beach in dedicated spaces.

Fun Fact: The first invading Saxons are thought to have landed here!


East Wittering

This shingle beach is just two miles from West Wittering, and is popular with those who prefer a quieter location. There are no lifeguards here but it’s family friendly, there are walks through the grass-covered dunes, and the light bumpy waves attract beginner surfers and sailors. For plenty of sand fun wait for low tide, whilst shops, pubs and cafes can be found in the adjoining village. Dogs are banned during the summer.

Fun Fact: East Wittering is sometimes mentioned as one of the Thankful Villages, because it’s one of only 32 villages in England and Wales which lost no men during WW1!


Selsey Beach

Just along from East Wittering you’ll find this pretty unspoilt shingle shore. Children love to search for crabs here, have a paddle in the sea and visit the playground. Its calm waters attract swimmers and paddle boarders, but when the winds are up you’ll often see sailing boats and wind surfers scooting along the clear clean water.

Fun Fact: This historic seaside town is famous for its crab fishery!


Bracklesham Bay

A nice mix of sand and shingle makes Bracklesham Bay the perfect location for families to explore and have fun. There’s plenty of watersports on offer whilst little adventurers will enjoy fossil hunting, spotting seals and splashing around on the water’s edge. In winter dogs are allowed whilst bird enthusiasts flock here in the colder months. The village sits just behind it offering a variety of shops and restaurants, whilst parking can be found next to the beach along with toilets and a café.

Fun Fact: In May 1944, in preparation for D-Day, Canadian soldiers practised an amphibious landing on the beach. Remains of a tank from that operation can still be found underwater, so you may spot some scuba divers in the bay when you visit.


Pagham Harbour

This is another shingle beach popular for walking, swimming, windsurfing and sailing due to the yacht club located there. Bird watchers also enjoy it here, visiting the wildlife area at the entrance to the harbour itself at the end of the beach where there’s a wetland area and a lagoon. There’s also a carpark, cafes, shops and toilets a short walk from the beach.

Fun Fact: Pagham Harbour is reputed to be one of the sunniest places in the UK!


Thorney Island

Part of the maze of waterways that form Chichester Harbour, the beaches here are located towards the southern tip. There are long stretches of sand and shingle with mud flats of the harbour beyond, and being a peninsula, you do feel like you are miles from the mainland when visiting. It’s a fab spot for a paddle or a swim, and ideal for young children as there aren’t large waves and the water is warm. Another joy is that dogs are allowed all year round, and it’s abundant with wildlife.

Fun Fact: In 2009, the airfield was used as a test track for a British built steam car hoping to break the longest standing land speed record.


Find out More

For more information about the benefits of owning a home or purchasing one near one of Chichester’s beaches, contact the Hancock & Partners sales team on 01243 531155 or e-mail office@hancockpartners.co.uk.