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Littlehampton and Climping

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Littlehampton and Climping
Author: WSW, Published: 15 Oct 2011 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Littlehampton and Climping - West Sussex Walking  Guidestar1 Littlehampton and Climping - West Sussex Walking  Guidestar1 Littlehampton and Climping - West Sussex Walking  Guidestar1 Littlehampton and Climping - West Sussex Walking  Guidestar0 Littlehampton and Climping - West Sussex Walking  Guide
West Sussex, Littlehampton
Walk Type: Coastal
Littlehampton and Climping
Length: 4 miles,  Difficulty: boot Littlehampton and Climping - West Sussex Walking  Guide boot Littlehampton and Climping - West Sussex Walking  Guide
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Hi, I'm Kathryn and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk. It's a 4 mile circular coastal walk starting from Littlehampton’s west beach in West Sussex. The walk takes in a particularly unspoilt section of the south coast, one of the few areas of this bustling coast which has retained its natural landscape and habitats. Perfect for a quiet get away and a chance to enjoy the natural beauty of the English south coast. It's worth checking the tide tables so that you can time your walk around low tide. That way there will be plenty of nice sand to walk on, not just the awkward pebbles. To read my full story visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com so I can tell you why I think you will love this walk and what highlights to expect. The West Sussex Weekends website is a great resource where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex.

The walk follows a woodland footpath, a short section across arable crop fields, two short sections along quiet roads (one without pavements) along with a long section along the shingle beach. The woodland paths could be muddy after wet weather and the beach is large shingle/stones which makes walking relatively hard work and a little slow. There is just one stile which is quite low and has a gap at the side for dogs to pass through. This section of the beach is dog friendly all year round. There is a cafe and toilets at the start/finish point. Approximate time 2 hours.

The walk starts from the Littlehampton West Beach pay and display car park on Rope Walk. The car park is right next to the beach to the west of the mouth of the River Arun. Once on Rope Walk, just continue on the access road, past the yacht club, and all the way down to the sea front. Approximate post code BN17 5DL.

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Walk Sections

Start to Rope Walk
Start to Rope Walk

Start point: 50.8011 lat, -0.5424 long
End point: 50.8077 lat, -0.5495 long

Walk back along the car park access road. You will pass the Arun Yacht Club on the right and then the large white clubhouse of the Littlehampton Golf Club on the left. Continue ahead with the golf course to the left. As the road widens and the chain link fence to the golf course ends on the left, you will see a fingerpost sign marking a footpath to the left. Turn left here.

Rope Walk to Stile
Rope Walk to Stile

Start point: 50.8077 lat, -0.5495 long
End point: 50.8032 lat, -0.5654 long

Follow this footpath ahead between wooden fences and after a short distance you will come to a gate into the golf course. Go through the gate, taking care to wait for golfers to play their shots before you enter, and walk across the top of the small grass embankment between two tees. Ignore the paths to the left and right and go ahead into a tunnel of trees following the boundary of the golf course.

Follow the narrow tree-lined path with the golf course to the left for some distance. By the twelfth tee you will reach the remains of a kissing gate and another fingerpost sign. Take the right hand fork and follow this path winding through another section of woodland. Eventually the path comes to a stile.

Stile to Climping Beach
Stile to Climping Beach

Start point: 50.8032 lat, -0.5654 long
End point: 50.7981 lat, -0.5723 long

Cross over the stile (there is a gap at the side for dogs) and follow the path across the corner of the field. Very soon you will reach another finger post by a stone slab bridge. Do not cross the bridge, instead turn left. Depending on whether the crop has been grown over the official footpath, follow one of two options. One option is to follow the field boundary as it bends to the left and right. Continue ahead to reach a T-junction with stone track. Turn left along the track for a short distance to reach another fingerpost. Turn right here across the centre of another arable crop field. The second option is to go diagonally through the field to reach the fingerpost at the stone track. Go straight ahead through the centre of this next crop field.

Pass through a belt of trees and then you will emerge out onto a tarmac road with the entrance to a hotel (Bailiffscourt) opposite. Cross over and turn left to follow the road towards the coast (no pavements here so take care with children). Pass through the tiny hamlet of Atherington and continue ahead past the beach car park on the right. Go ahead and pass through the gap in the sea wall onto the beach.

Climping Beach to End
Climping Beach to End

Start point: 50.7981 lat, -0.5723 long
End point: 50.8002 lat, -0.5438 long

Turn left onto the beach and stick close to the sea wall to avoid the worst of the shingle. If the tide is out, you might prefer to walk along the water’s edge where the compact sand makes for a firmer surface. Littlehampton pier, which can be seen in the distance, marks the end of the walk.

The West Beach local nature reserve was declared by Arun District Council in 1993. It is part of the Climping Beach Site of Special Scientific Interest which has national protection. It includes the sand flats, shingle and sand dunes and the plants, birds, molluscs, insects, reptiles and mammals which live or feed on them.

Sea kale is one of the most typical plants found on the shingle. It survives high winds, blistering heat, salt spray and drought by sending deep roots down to find water and to provide an anchor and by having waxy leaves which prevent sun scorch. Sand lizards are an endangered species and are very rare. In the past groups of them have been released at West Beach and so if you are very lucky you may see one. Sand lizards hunt for insects among the marram grass and hibernate in holes in the dunes during the winter.

When you reach Littlehampton Pier, turn left to reach the West Beach car park marking the end of this walk.

If you enjoyed this walk, remember to visit www.west-sussex-weekends.com where you will also find ideas for places to stay, eat and drink plus plenty more inspirational stories to tempt you to explore more corners of West Sussex.

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5 responses to "Littlehampton and Climping"

Know this walk well and it's great

By Waltham on 2012-04-28 16:49:12

Did this walk today and loved walking along the beach. Much better to start the walk from Climping Beach (BN17 5RN) as its cheaper parking, better cafe and toilets. Also the path behind the golf course was overgrown and so full of stinging nettles we had to hack our way through, so be aware - you will be stung!

By pete747 on 2015-09-19 18:12:13

Very nice walk and second the advise on a car park!

By mgi on 2015-10-26 16:50:39

Lovely walk, a little muddy. May get overgrown in summer months. We parked on the road before the car park.

By lhh on 2016-02-07 01:07:53

Nice walk with some changes. You can't walk around the boundary of the field. Instead you walk diagonally across and when you get there walk straight across to the stone track from here you walk straight across the field to the trees and the entrance to the hotel.

ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for letting us know - we have updated the walk directions.

By linny on 2016-10-19 13:53:08

The information in this guide has been provided in good faith and is intended only as a guide, not a statement of fact. You are advised to check the accuracy of the information provided and should not use this guide for navigational directions nor should you rely on the accuracy of the weather forecast. You are advised to take appropriate clothing, footwear, equipment and navigational materials with you according to the current and possible weather and nature of the terrain. Always follow the country code and follow any additional warnings or instructions that may be available. Some walks may be very strenuous and you are advised to seek medical advice if you have any doubts as to your capability to complete the walk.

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Boat sailing near Littlehampton
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Looking across the marina
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Looking along the beech back towards Littlehampton

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