Sussex by the Sea

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Sussex by the Sea

Sightseeing

Set on a hill in Arundel town centre, the Castle makes an impressive sight. The Medieval castle has been added to and extended over the centuries. The gardens are also gorgeous. If you're lucky enough to be visiting in the spring time you'll witness the bulb festival. You need to allow a couple of hours for a visit. At the moment pre-booking is essential. (Closed during the Winter, 1st Nov onwards)
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Arundel Castle
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Set on a hill in Arundel town centre, the Castle makes an impressive sight. The Medieval castle has been added to and extended over the centuries. The gardens are also gorgeous. If you're lucky enough to be visiting in the spring time you'll witness the bulb festival. You need to allow a couple of hours for a visit. At the moment pre-booking is essential. (Closed during the Winter, 1st Nov onwards)
The Amberley Museum is an open-air museum dedicated to the social history of the area.
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Amberley Museum
37 locals recommend
The Amberley Museum is an open-air museum dedicated to the social history of the area.
The Weald and Downland Museum is a living museum which rescues historic rural buildings and highlights traditional crafts, to tell the stories of country life over a 1000 year period. The location in the South Downs is beautiful. It's also where they film The Repair Shop!
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Weald & Downland Living Museum
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The Weald and Downland Museum is a living museum which rescues historic rural buildings and highlights traditional crafts, to tell the stories of country life over a 1000 year period. The location in the South Downs is beautiful. It's also where they film The Repair Shop!
These beautifully maintained country estate gardens make a lovely trip for botanical enthusiasts.
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West Dean Gardens
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These beautifully maintained country estate gardens make a lovely trip for botanical enthusiasts.
Petworth House and Park (National Trust) are well worth a visit. The 17th Century Grand Country House boasts a rich art collection, as well as servants’ quarters and Capability Brown designed parkland, with lovely walks. The town of Petworth is a lovely spot for a stroll too.
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Petworth House and Park
57 locals recommend
Petworth House and Park (National Trust) are well worth a visit. The 17th Century Grand Country House boasts a rich art collection, as well as servants’ quarters and Capability Brown designed parkland, with lovely walks. The town of Petworth is a lovely spot for a stroll too.
Tinwood Estate Winery in Halnaker (East of Chichester) offers tours and tastings of their sparkling wines. It's a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
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Tinwood Estate Ltd
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Tinwood Estate Winery in Halnaker (East of Chichester) offers tours and tastings of their sparkling wines. It's a lovely way to spend a couple of hours.
You can't miss this glorious Cathedral in the centre of Chichester. Highlights to look out for are the Roman Mosaic, The Chagall Window, the bold Modern Tapestry behind the High Altar and the resting place of Gustav Holst. The Cloisters and Bishops Palace Gardens are also lovely to explore.
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Chichester Cathedral
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You can't miss this glorious Cathedral in the centre of Chichester. Highlights to look out for are the Roman Mosaic, The Chagall Window, the bold Modern Tapestry behind the High Altar and the resting place of Gustav Holst. The Cloisters and Bishops Palace Gardens are also lovely to explore.
On a good day the views over the coast to the Isle of Wight from The Trundel and St Roches Hill car park are great (you don't even need to get out of the car). However if you want to there are plenty of walks which head in many directions from this car park.
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The Trundle
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On a good day the views over the coast to the Isle of Wight from The Trundel and St Roches Hill car park are great (you don't even need to get out of the car). However if you want to there are plenty of walks which head in many directions from this car park.
The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Arundel is a 60 acre site adjacent to the river Arun and native woodland. It has boat trips and hides so you can get close to nature.
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WWT Arundel
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The Wildfowl and Wetlands Trust in Arundel is a 60 acre site adjacent to the river Arun and native woodland. It has boat trips and hides so you can get close to nature.
A family favourite, this compact park, a short walk from the east end of Bognor High Street is a little haven. With lots of shade and woodland to run around in, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or slice of cake in the lovely cafe with big windows and lots outside space, play adventure golf, or ride the mini-railway (usually operating through-out July and August) it circles the park, great for little ones. Look out for the wooden carvings of Alice and her friends. And on a Saturday morning it hosts the Bognor Park Run (when they come back).
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Hotham Park
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A family favourite, this compact park, a short walk from the east end of Bognor High Street is a little haven. With lots of shade and woodland to run around in, you can enjoy breakfast, lunch or slice of cake in the lovely cafe with big windows and lots outside space, play adventure golf, or ride the mini-railway (usually operating through-out July and August) it circles the park, great for little ones. Look out for the wooden carvings of Alice and her friends. And on a Saturday morning it hosts the Bognor Park Run (when they come back).
HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum are the highlights in the Historic Dockyard, bringing to life the life of the ships and those onboard, but there are more attractions. It's really easy to get to Gun Wharf, the shopping outlet too, if you've had enough of Naval History!
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Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
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HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum are the highlights in the Historic Dockyard, bringing to life the life of the ships and those onboard, but there are more attractions. It's really easy to get to Gun Wharf, the shopping outlet too, if you've had enough of Naval History!

Neighbourhoods

Littlehampton is a seaside town which has an attractive location at the mouth of the River Arun. The gentle shelving beach, selection of fish and chip shops, amusements and rides, as well as crabbing on the river, make it a popular place for families. There are a couple of small shops in the town centre - including a small Sainsbury's.
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Littlehampton
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Littlehampton is a seaside town which has an attractive location at the mouth of the River Arun. The gentle shelving beach, selection of fish and chip shops, amusements and rides, as well as crabbing on the river, make it a popular place for families. There are a couple of small shops in the town centre - including a small Sainsbury's.
The butt of many a joke, Bognor's reputation hasn't always been glowing. However some recently opened independent businesses and the fact it's often the sunniest town in England mean it shouldn't always be over-looked. Its wide promenade, gentle shelving beach, mini-golf and ice-cream parlours, 100 year old cinema and a couple of tasty restaurants, make a stop-off worthwhile.
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Bognor Regis
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The butt of many a joke, Bognor's reputation hasn't always been glowing. However some recently opened independent businesses and the fact it's often the sunniest town in England mean it shouldn't always be over-looked. Its wide promenade, gentle shelving beach, mini-golf and ice-cream parlours, 100 year old cinema and a couple of tasty restaurants, make a stop-off worthwhile.
Climping is a sprawling village, made up of a number of small clusters of homes. The beach is great if you want somewhere undeveloped without the usual seaside trappings. It's backed by fields with views up to the hills.
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Climping
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Climping is a sprawling village, made up of a number of small clusters of homes. The beach is great if you want somewhere undeveloped without the usual seaside trappings. It's backed by fields with views up to the hills.
Felpham (pronounced Felfam!) is large village on the edge of Bognor, with its own charm. The original village centre is quite pretty with a number of shops and a couple of decent pubs. William Blake spent 3 years living in the village from 1800 and Blakes Cottage still stands. Look out for the Blue Plaques and information boards on Blake. The beach is popular with locals, with a couple of cafes, putting, tennis courts and generally quieter beaches than Bognor or Littlehampton.
Felpham
Felpham (pronounced Felfam!) is large village on the edge of Bognor, with its own charm. The original village centre is quite pretty with a number of shops and a couple of decent pubs. William Blake spent 3 years living in the village from 1800 and Blakes Cottage still stands. Look out for the Blue Plaques and information boards on Blake. The beach is popular with locals, with a couple of cafes, putting, tennis courts and generally quieter beaches than Bognor or Littlehampton.
A small area to the West of Bognor, Pagham might be worth a visit if you fancy a quieter beach, but still with facilities, a walk around the harbour (which is a nature reserve) or a the lagoon. It also has a couple of decent pubs with food.
Pagham
A small area to the West of Bognor, Pagham might be worth a visit if you fancy a quieter beach, but still with facilities, a walk around the harbour (which is a nature reserve) or a the lagoon. It also has a couple of decent pubs with food.
Arundel is an picturesque country town on the banks of the River Arun and the edge of the South Downs National Park. Its Castle and Cathedral make it feel rather grand. Just 4 miles from the accommodation, it's nice for a stroll and a coffee. Or has sights, antique shops, walks, activities and restaurants if you have more time.
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Arundel
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Arundel is an picturesque country town on the banks of the River Arun and the edge of the South Downs National Park. Its Castle and Cathedral make it feel rather grand. Just 4 miles from the accommodation, it's nice for a stroll and a coffee. Or has sights, antique shops, walks, activities and restaurants if you have more time.
Chichester is a lovely Roman City, compact and easy to walk around with nice shops and cafes, as well as something for culture lovers - with the Theatre and Pallant House Gallery.
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Chichester
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Chichester is a lovely Roman City, compact and easy to walk around with nice shops and cafes, as well as something for culture lovers - with the Theatre and Pallant House Gallery.
Just north of Arundel, Houghton Bridge in Amberley is a picturesque spot by the river. With a Museum, tea rooms, pub and motor boat hire. Amberley Castle is a luxury hotel, offering fine dining in a gorgeous setting. The pretty village centre of Amberley is a mile or so up the road, with a highly rated tea room!
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Amberley
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Just north of Arundel, Houghton Bridge in Amberley is a picturesque spot by the river. With a Museum, tea rooms, pub and motor boat hire. Amberley Castle is a luxury hotel, offering fine dining in a gorgeous setting. The pretty village centre of Amberley is a mile or so up the road, with a highly rated tea room!

Picturesque strolls

Pronounced Bozzum (!), this village on the edge of Chichester Harbour is a beautiful spot. Avoid high spring tides or you might find yourself paddling in the main street. This is where King Canute tried to turn back the tide. There's a small pub down by the church.
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Bosham Quay
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Pronounced Bozzum (!), this village on the edge of Chichester Harbour is a beautiful spot. Avoid high spring tides or you might find yourself paddling in the main street. This is where King Canute tried to turn back the tide. There's a small pub down by the church.
An easy, flat walk around the edge of the salt marsh harbour is great for everyone, not just bird lovers (I understand there's more to see in Winter from an ornithological perspective). You'll need to head back to Pagham Beach or village for refreshments.
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RSPB Pagham Harbour LNR
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An easy, flat walk around the edge of the salt marsh harbour is great for everyone, not just bird lovers (I understand there's more to see in Winter from an ornithological perspective). You'll need to head back to Pagham Beach or village for refreshments.
On the edge of Arundel, within an easy walk of the town centre, Swanbourne Lake is a short, easy, pretty flat, circular walk, suitable for families. There's a kiosk for ice-creams and rowing boats for hire in the Summer months. If you fancy a longer walk other paths join this walk and head up into the hills.
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Swanbourne Lake
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On the edge of Arundel, within an easy walk of the town centre, Swanbourne Lake is a short, easy, pretty flat, circular walk, suitable for families. There's a kiosk for ice-creams and rowing boats for hire in the Summer months. If you fancy a longer walk other paths join this walk and head up into the hills.
From Arundel, Littlehampton and Ford you can access the river for short and long walks alike. If you're near Littlehampton you may spot the resident seal or see Oyster Catchers and White Egrets, further up Reed Buntings and views of the hills mean there's always something to look at.
River Arun
From Arundel, Littlehampton and Ford you can access the river for short and long walks alike. If you're near Littlehampton you may spot the resident seal or see Oyster Catchers and White Egrets, further up Reed Buntings and views of the hills mean there's always something to look at.
Not far from the city centre, the canal basin is the starting point for an easy flat walk, which covers 4 miles of open farmland from the Basin to Chichester Harbour at Birdham. There are cafes at each end for re-fueling! Rowing boats can be hired, pre-booking is required. And TJ Boards run paddle boarding trips on the canal or bring your own kayak for a gentle paddle. If energy levels are low just take the very relaxing boat trip.
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Chichester Canal
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Not far from the city centre, the canal basin is the starting point for an easy flat walk, which covers 4 miles of open farmland from the Basin to Chichester Harbour at Birdham. There are cafes at each end for re-fueling! Rowing boats can be hired, pre-booking is required. And TJ Boards run paddle boarding trips on the canal or bring your own kayak for a gentle paddle. If energy levels are low just take the very relaxing boat trip.
From Climping Street there are three footpaths which head east across the fields (one opposite Bailiffscourt Hotel, one just North of the Black Horse pub, in front of the cottages, one near the old Blacksmiths). These paths can take on a simple loop, taking in the beach. You can walk from the house (note there is no pavement between us or The Oystercatcher, there's a non-paved path behind the hedge next to the field opposite, but this doesn't quite get you all the way to the Oystercatcher) or parking is available near the school or at the beach end of Climping Street (though this is restricted during the summer months).
Climping Street
From Climping Street there are three footpaths which head east across the fields (one opposite Bailiffscourt Hotel, one just North of the Black Horse pub, in front of the cottages, one near the old Blacksmiths). These paths can take on a simple loop, taking in the beach. You can walk from the house (note there is no pavement between us or The Oystercatcher, there's a non-paved path behind the hedge next to the field opposite, but this doesn't quite get you all the way to the Oystercatcher) or parking is available near the school or at the beach end of Climping Street (though this is restricted during the summer months).

Beaches

Climping Beach is an undeveloped stretch of beach - with just a car park, small kiosk and toilets - it's beauty its a bit quieter and feels a little wilder. You'll need to go elsewhere if you want typical seaside entertainment. Like most of the local beaches it's gently shelving, with shingle at the top. Check the tide-times before you head down (high tide gives you deep water and no sand, low tide gives you a long walk to get deep water, but lots of sand – somewhere in between is best).
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Climping Beach
13 locals recommend
Climping Beach is an undeveloped stretch of beach - with just a car park, small kiosk and toilets - it's beauty its a bit quieter and feels a little wilder. You'll need to go elsewhere if you want typical seaside entertainment. Like most of the local beaches it's gently shelving, with shingle at the top. Check the tide-times before you head down (high tide gives you deep water and no sand, low tide gives you a long walk to get deep water, but lots of sand – somewhere in between is best).
East of the River Arun is the main town beach. This is a favourite with families, offering amusements, rides, fish and chips, as well crabbing on the riverside for children, adventure mini-golf and Par-3 golf. Lifeguards are usually on duty in the summer months. Free parking is available on Beach Road, St Catherine’s Road and other residential roads that run off them, it’s only a short walk to the beach from there. If you prefer something less built up then West Beach (west of the Arun) is backed by dunes, fields and the golf course. There's a car park at West Beach. Like most of the local beaches both are gently shelving, with shingle at the top. Check the tide-times before you head down (high tide gives you deep water and no sand, low tide gives you a long walk to get deep water, but lots of sand – somewhere in between is best).
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Littlehampton
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East of the River Arun is the main town beach. This is a favourite with families, offering amusements, rides, fish and chips, as well crabbing on the riverside for children, adventure mini-golf and Par-3 golf. Lifeguards are usually on duty in the summer months. Free parking is available on Beach Road, St Catherine’s Road and other residential roads that run off them, it’s only a short walk to the beach from there. If you prefer something less built up then West Beach (west of the Arun) is backed by dunes, fields and the golf course. There's a car park at West Beach. Like most of the local beaches both are gently shelving, with shingle at the top. Check the tide-times before you head down (high tide gives you deep water and no sand, low tide gives you a long walk to get deep water, but lots of sand – somewhere in between is best).
A typical British seaside resort with a pier, amusements, rock, fish and chips and a couple of very good ice-cream parlours where all the gelato is homemade. Like most of the local beaches it's gently shelving, with shingle at the top. Check the tide-times before you head down (high tide gives you deep water and no sand, low tide gives you a long walk to get deep water, but lots of sand – somewhere in between is best).
Bognor Regis Beach
A typical British seaside resort with a pier, amusements, rock, fish and chips and a couple of very good ice-cream parlours where all the gelato is homemade. Like most of the local beaches it's gently shelving, with shingle at the top. Check the tide-times before you head down (high tide gives you deep water and no sand, low tide gives you a long walk to get deep water, but lots of sand – somewhere in between is best).
The sand dunes of West Wittering make this glorious beach extremely popular. Unlike other local beaches it has no pebbles, but is still a gently shelving beach. West Wittering is a small place, with one car-park, and booking your car-parking in advance is essential. In the height of the summer approaching roads can be very busy.
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West Wittering Beach
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The sand dunes of West Wittering make this glorious beach extremely popular. Unlike other local beaches it has no pebbles, but is still a gently shelving beach. West Wittering is a small place, with one car-park, and booking your car-parking in advance is essential. In the height of the summer approaching roads can be very busy.

Get active

With views to the hills and the castle, Arundel Lido makes a perfect spot for a family swim or a proper work-out. You can book slots online in advance to match your needs - they are very popular.
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Arundel Lido
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With views to the hills and the castle, Arundel Lido makes a perfect spot for a family swim or a proper work-out. You can book slots online in advance to match your needs - they are very popular.
Right beside the beach in Felpham are public tennis courts.
Blakes Road Sports Site
Right beside the beach in Felpham are public tennis courts.
This 18-hole Links course is open to visitors, check their website for full details.
Littlehampton Golf Club
This 18-hole Links course is open to visitors, check their website for full details.
Established in 1892, this golf club moved to it's current 18-hole location in 1923. It's a well-loved club with locals and welcomes visitors, just check their website for details.
Bognor Regis Golf Club
Established in 1892, this golf club moved to it's current 18-hole location in 1923. It's a well-loved club with locals and welcomes visitors, just check their website for details.
If you like a paddle, in a boat, these guys offer kayaking courses and tours on local rivers and in Chichester Harbour. It's a peaceful way to get closer to nature. Check their website for their current operations.
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Fluid Adventures Ltd
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If you like a paddle, in a boat, these guys offer kayaking courses and tours on local rivers and in Chichester Harbour. It's a peaceful way to get closer to nature. Check their website for their current operations.
Kayaks, SUPs and Mountain Bikes can all be hired here. With guided instruction available too. It's a nice way to see more of the river and the South Downs.
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Riverside Boat Hire
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Kayaks, SUPs and Mountain Bikes can all be hired here. With guided instruction available too. It's a nice way to see more of the river and the South Downs.
On a lake on the edge of Chichester, this company offers a wide range of water-based sports and activities.
Chichester Watersports
On a lake on the edge of Chichester, this company offers a wide range of water-based sports and activities.
Based on Littlehampton Seafront, this recently opened business offers hire and instruction for Kite-surfing and Stand-up Paddle Boarding amongst other things. All activities can be booked on their website.
Loop Watersports | Kitesurfing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Wing Surf/Foil Lessons | Tuition, Rental & IKSURF Mag Test Centre
Based on Littlehampton Seafront, this recently opened business offers hire and instruction for Kite-surfing and Stand-up Paddle Boarding amongst other things. All activities can be booked on their website.

Longer Walks

Itchenor Circular Walk is a pretty 6km easy walk starting and ending at the village of Itchenor at the edge of Chichester Harbour. The easy walk starts and ends along the foreshore of the harbour with lovely views along the water with the South Downs as a back drop
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Itchenor
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Itchenor Circular Walk is a pretty 6km easy walk starting and ending at the village of Itchenor at the edge of Chichester Harbour. The easy walk starts and ends along the foreshore of the harbour with lovely views along the water with the South Downs as a back drop
From Climping Street there are three footpaths which head east across the fields (one opposite Bailiffscourt Hotel, one just North of the Black Horse pub, in front of the cottages, one near the old Blacksmiths). These paths can take you towards Ferry Road in Littlehampton, or down to the beach, or just a simple loop. You can walk from the house, or parking is available near the school or at the beach end of Climping Street (though this is restricted during the summer months).
Climping Street
From Climping Street there are three footpaths which head east across the fields (one opposite Bailiffscourt Hotel, one just North of the Black Horse pub, in front of the cottages, one near the old Blacksmiths). These paths can take you towards Ferry Road in Littlehampton, or down to the beach, or just a simple loop. You can walk from the house, or parking is available near the school or at the beach end of Climping Street (though this is restricted during the summer months).
The coast makes the perfect walk at low (-ish) tide, from Climping Beach turn left/East towards Littlehampton or turn right/West towards Felpham and Middleton and follow your nose. From Bognor, Littlehampton, Rustington, just near Butlins you'll find the 700 bus will bring you back to Climping.
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Climping Beach
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The coast makes the perfect walk at low (-ish) tide, from Climping Beach turn left/East towards Littlehampton or turn right/West towards Felpham and Middleton and follow your nose. From Bognor, Littlehampton, Rustington, just near Butlins you'll find the 700 bus will bring you back to Climping.
There are footpaths pretty much all the way from West Beach in Littlehampton, all the way to Bury, just past Amberley. You can pick the path up in Amberley, Arundel, Ford or Littlehampton, each of which have a railway station, which mean you can get back to where you started! Check train times!
River Arun
There are footpaths pretty much all the way from West Beach in Littlehampton, all the way to Bury, just past Amberley. You can pick the path up in Amberley, Arundel, Ford or Littlehampton, each of which have a railway station, which mean you can get back to where you started! Check train times!
On a fine day the views are lovely and there's are paths to pick up going towards Lavant, Singleton (and into the Downs beyond). There are lots of options!
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The Trundle
27 locals recommend
On a fine day the views are lovely and there's are paths to pick up going towards Lavant, Singleton (and into the Downs beyond). There are lots of options!

Entertainment

If it's a rainy day see what's playing at The Bognor Regis, Picturedrome. This Cinema has just celebrated its centenary, but the building dates back to 1885, with it's original ironwork awning, it's a bit of a gem and has way more charm than your average multiplex. Generally it has the mainstream releases and the prices are very, very reasonable!
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Picturedrome
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If it's a rainy day see what's playing at The Bognor Regis, Picturedrome. This Cinema has just celebrated its centenary, but the building dates back to 1885, with it's original ironwork awning, it's a bit of a gem and has way more charm than your average multiplex. Generally it has the mainstream releases and the prices are very, very reasonable!
The Windmill Cinema in Littlehampton is run by volunteers. With just one screen it still manages to provide a great cross section of the latest releases. A Multiplex it is not, but with reasonable prices, it's a good way to support a local venture!
Windmill Cinema
The Windmill Cinema in Littlehampton is run by volunteers. With just one screen it still manages to provide a great cross section of the latest releases. A Multiplex it is not, but with reasonable prices, it's a good way to support a local venture!
I'd definitely recommend a visit to Chichester's famous theatre, one of the best provincial theatres in the country - they are back up and running!
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Chichester Festival Theatre
99 locals recommend
I'd definitely recommend a visit to Chichester's famous theatre, one of the best provincial theatres in the country - they are back up and running!