Varied coastal walk past quiet shingle beaches and the busier south coast resorts of Worthing and Littlehampton
|Warning||Time this walk to do one section near the start (between Lancing and Worthing) at low tide to avoid walking alongside a busy road. The path is safe, just noisy. If windy, consider doing the walk in reverse. There is about 1km of walking on shingle|
Shoreham to Worthing : 6.4 miles ( 10.3 km) - via Shoreham Fort option adds 2.1 miles (3.4 km)
Shoreham to Worthing to Littlehampton : 13.9 miles ( 22.4 km)
Worthing to Littlehampton : 8.6 miles
|Toughness||2 out of 10. Mainly easy going on hard paths - a mix of pavement, grassy paths, and 1km of shingle. Wear trainers.|
|OS Maps||OS Explorer OL10 (was 121) (Arundel) and OL11 (was 122) (Brighton)|
This walks follows the coast from Shoreham by Sea to Worthing and then on to Littlehamton. It is an easy walk - 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.
You leave Shoreham (pubs and cafes) by crossing its pretty pedestrian harbour bridge (views) to reach Shoreham Beach.
Here, there is an optional out-and-back detour to the east, along a new beach boardwalk, to Shoreham Fort (free), which is a nice viewpoint. This on its own would make a pleasent circular walk from Shoreham, which has many nice bars and cafes.
The main walk follows the coast west past Lancing's Widewater Lagoon Nature Reserve (behind the coast path).
There is then a 2km section between Shoreham/Lancing and Worthing where the path runs alongside a busy road. It is best to do this at low tide, so you can walk along the sandy beach instead, to avoid the traffic noise.
Next the path becomes a wide promenade as you enter the seaside resort of Worthing (train station, shops, etc.) passing several beach cafes and then its Pier (free entry, South Pavillion Cafe art-deco cafe at the end highly recommended)
The promenade becomes quieter as you leave town. You pass the Sea Lane Cafe in Goring. A little further, the prom ends, and its grassy paths until you reach the Blue Bird Cafe in Ferring.
A little further on you reach the private estate of West Kingston. Here there is a 1km section which has no path (the houses are directly on to the beach). Except at low tide, you have to walk on shingle (which is hard work). You can time 1 of these 2 awkward sections for low tide, but not both. The inland roads through the state are private.
The rest of the route is fine, its grassy paths until you join the start of Littlehampton's (resort town, station) fine promenade. The shingle is replaced by sand, you pass the pretentious rusty iron cafe, and the beach becomes sandy. Eventually you reach the small harbour, where you head inland for the station.
The other thing to look out for, even on a sunny day, is the wind, which can be relentless on this exposed walk. Do take a wind-proof top and (sun)glasses (to keep the wind out of your eyes), and consider doing the walk in reverse on a windy day to have the wind behind you.
If the walk seems too long, or you would like to swim, the walk can easily be split into 2 shorter walks, by breaking it in the middle at Worthing - the station is a km (1/2 mile) or so inland
|Transport||There are 2 trains an hour from London Victoria to both Shoreham, Worthing (in the middle of the walk), and Littlehampton. Buy a return to Littlehampton which is valid to all 3. The ticket is also valid via Hove and Brighton if you wish to stop there on the way home|
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