Discover the Witterings on a coastal break

Witterings, West Sussex

Spot multi-coloured sailing boats, follow your nose in fudge shops and snuggle down in cosy pubs on a visit to The Witterings.

You can tell that West Sussex locals are proud of their white-sand beaches, safe swimming areas and rich wildlife that surround the two little villages of East and West Wittering, which they refer to as ‘God’s Pocket.’ And they’re not the only ones.

Located between Brighton and Portsmouth, this sunny peninsula – which has its own micro climate – has seen increasing numbers of city slickers come here for a break from urban life, known affectionately as the ‘Wittering Classes’. This might be because the area has everything we love about the English seaside: that wonderful carnival atmosphere, the pretty rose and honeysuckle-festooned cottages, sweeping seascapes peppered with multi-coloured sailing boats, fudge shops, tea rooms and atmospheric pubs. And, thanks largely to the abundance of bird and animal life in the Witterings, much of it is now a protected Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

Don’t worry, though, you don’t have to tread too carefully. It’s a great place to try sailing, kitesurfing, fishing and horse riding, too. Once you try it, we’ve a feeling you’ll want to come back.

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Children running on the Witterings BeachChildren running on the Witterings Beach © Chichester District Council

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