Quiet coastal walk past quiet shingle beaches and busier south coast resorts of Littlehampton and Bognor Regis
|Warning||Time this walk so that you get to Middleton-on-Sea (about 2 hrs from the start) at a low-ish tide as there is no coast path and groynes to hinder the way. At high tide, there is some shingle walking, and a short inland detour. If very windy, consider doing the walk in reverse.|
7.6 miles ( 12.2 km) - mainly easy going on hard paths - 1 section of beach walking at low tide on hard sand.
Extension to Pagham Harbour adds: 5.1 miles (8.1 km)
|Toughness||2 out of 10. Wear trainers.|
|OS Maps||OS Explorer Ol10 (was 121) (Arundel)|
This walks follows the coast from Littlehamton to Bognor Regis. It is an easy walk along sea front paths - there are no cliffs or bays, and navigation is easy - just follow the coast. The seafront path is along a mix of busy seafront promenade through south coast seaside resorts, and quiet paths past seafront homes. There are some stretches of shingle, mostly avoidable.
Leaving Littlehampton, you cross the River Arun via a pedestrian bridge, and head back down the river to the coast, and the nicely situated 'West Beach' cafe (under new ownership).
You then follow a rare bit of undeveloped coast - a shingle beach with sand a low tide backed by fields. You walk behind sand dunes, then a path behind the sea wall (or at low tide, along the beach below the shingle). You pass Climping Beach, mentioned in the 'Wild Swims' book. A local farmer has a large pay car park (£1 per hour) with a tearoom in a seafront field. Limited street parking - Apr-Sep: 30 mins only, Oct-Mar: free
You reach Middleton-on-Sea (a private estate). At one point, there is no coast path, and there are lots of 'groynes' that prevent progress. You can only walk along the beach here at low tide (the sea goes out far enough to walk below the groynes). At high tide there is a little shingle, and a short inland diversion. Just before your way is blocked, head inland between 2 seafront homes along a 'twitten' (alleyway) for 25 metres, then left/west along Old Point (road) then left on Sea Lane to rejoin the coast. If doing the walk in reverse, its: Sea Lane - right on Old Point - right along the twitten at the end. (This inland diversion isn't a right of way, but it seems access is customary.)
Then its seafront path all the way. You pass the nice situated sea front Boat House Cafe, then 100m further on, the Lobster Pot cafe, which is the start of Bognor Regis. The shingle is replaced by sand, and the promenade starts. You pass in front of a 'Butlins'. Just before the pier, there is a kiosk with outside tables on the promenade. On the right (across the road) is a pub that does all day food (The Regis, Brewers Fayre). Head inland for the station by the pier.
You could continue along the slightly dreary beach after Bognor Regis. Clambering or low tide (to walk along the beach) is needed in a few places.
Eventually, you reach the very picturesque spit at the entrance to Pagham Harbour, now a silted up RSPB nature reserve, but an important harbour in the middle ages. Stagecoach bus 60 runs back to Bognor from Pagham village (about 0.5km inland (every 15 mins / hourly on Sunday, takes 20 mins). Don't be tempted to walk around the harbour though - its a long way and very same-ey. Don't be tempted to try a 'river crossing' across the harbour entrance either, its dredged, and the currents are too strong.
Just to emphasise, Pagham Harbour is very pretty, but the last part of the walk to it from Bognor is a little dreary.
|Transport||There are 2 trains an hour from London Victoria to both Littlehampton and Bognor Regis. Buy a return to Bognor Regis which should be accepted at Littlehampton.|
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