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Worthing Sea Front

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Worthing Sea Front
Author: WSW, Published: 26 Oct 2015 Walk rating : Rating:star1 Worthing Sea Front walkstar1 Worthing Sea Front walkstar1 Worthing Sea Front walkstar1 Worthing Sea Front walkstar0 Worthing Sea Front walk
West Sussex, Worthing
Walk Type: Coastal
Worthing Sea Front
Length: 5 miles,  Difficulty: boot Worthing Sea Front walk
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Hi, I'm Jo and this is my West Sussex Weekends walk, a jaunt around Worthing sea front. You simply can't beat the beach. Who can resist the sea air, big skies and the crunch of pebbles under foot? 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 walking guide presented here is 4.5 miles in length, but as the bulk of the route is 'there and back' along the sea front, you can lengthen or shorten the walk to suit you. The walk is almost entirely flat, with just a gentle slope or two. The paths are all surfaced and there are no gates, stiles or steps to negotiate. The road crossings are all at designated pedestrian crossing points with traffic lights. Remember that the coast can be a very blustery place in winter, so wrap up warm. Allow 2.5 to 3 hours.

The walk starts and finishes at Worthing rail station. The station is served by trains from London Victoria, Portsmouth and Brighton. If you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park on Southcourt Road (just north of the rail line – the opposite side to the station itself) and costs £5.50 per day Mon-Sat and £2 on Sundays and Bank Holidays (correct Oct 2015). Approximate post code BN14 7DF. As an alternative you could just park at the sea front, or the Teville Gate pay and display multi-storey car park is on Railway Approach, just a few hundred metres beyond the station building itself. The fee is £2.50 per day Mon-Fri and £1.50 per day Sat-Sun (correct Oct 2015). Approximate post code BN11 1UA.

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Walk Sections

Start to Worthing Pier
Start to Worthing Pier

Start point: 50.8185 lat, -0.376 long
End point: 50.8095 lat, -0.37 long

Standing with your back to the main entrance for Worthing rail station, cross the road via the zebra crossing (just to your left) and then walk straight ahead passing the Grand Victorian Hotel on your left. At the crossroads with traffic lights, turn left for a few paces and then use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the right-hand pavement. Take the first right turning into Christchurch Road.

Follow Christchurch Road all the way to the end, passing the Baptist Church and the Law Courts along the way. You will come to a T-junction with the A259. Turn left, use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the right-hand pavement and then take the first right turning into Portland Road. As you draw level with Christ Church on the right, turn left into Ambrose Place.

As you walk along Ambrose Place, you will notice the impressive Regency terraced houses are on the left, whilst the front gardens are opposite on the right. This was a deliberate design to allow the wealthy residents to get their horses and carriages closer to their front doors in bad weather.

Continue to the T-junction and turn right, now entering the edge of Worthing’s main retail area. Simply keep ahead and at the end of the street you will come to the junction with the road along the sea front. Cross the road (using the pedestrian crossing just to your right) and ahead you will see the buildings of Worthing Pier.

Worthing Pier to Beach Huts
Worthing Pier to Beach Huts

Start point: 50.8095 lat, -0.37 long
End point: 50.8074 lat, -0.3851 long

Unless the weather is against you, it is worth taking a walk along the pier itself, the best known structure in Worthing. You will find the entrance to the pier walkway just to the right of the theatre and cafe buildings in front of you. Worthing was the thirteenth pier to be built in England, opened in 1862, and in this case it may have been an unlucky number as the pier has been blown down, burnt down and blown up. Gales in 1913 led to the pier being blown down and washed away, in 1933 fire destroyed the pier and in 1940 it was deliberately blown up to hinder any potential invasion attempt. From the end of the pier there is a great view along the coast and on a clear day you will have a good view of the Seven Sisters cliffs.

When you have finished exploring the pier, return back to the theatre end and turn left along the promenade, with the sea and beach to your left. You will pass The Lido on your left and then simply continue along the beautiful promenade. Much further along, you will come to the start of the beach huts on the beach edge. If you wish to shorten the walk, turn back at this point, otherwise just continue ahead.

Beach Huts to Marine Gardens
Beach Huts to Marine Gardens

Start point: 50.8074 lat, -0.3851 long
End point: 50.8067 lat, -0.3969 long

Strolling along the promenade is the most popular pastime for visitors. Until the 1700s, Worthing beach was only enjoyed by the fishing and farming communities. In the late 1700s, Worthing became a popular destination for wealthy people who believed taking to the sea may help cure their ailments. In fact, Worthing’s coat of arms includes the motto ‘from the land plenty and from the sea health’. These wealthy and fashionable visitors also made the act of promenading along the sea front a popular pastime.

Within the second batch of beach huts you will see a Canadian flag flying, marking the Canadian war memorial. Just after beach hut 100, turn right to cross the pedestrian crossing which leads you to Marine Gardens.

Marine Gardens to West Buildings
Marine Gardens to West Buildings

Start point: 50.8067 lat, -0.3969 long
End point: 50.8093 lat, -0.3762 long

Take time to explore Marine Gardens if you wish, which includes olive trees, rose beds, fountains, ponds, vine pergolas, bowling green and a restaurant. When you are finished in the gardens, go back over the pedestrian crossing to reach the promenade.

If you wish to extend the walk, turn right and continue along the sea front as far as you wish. Further west, towards Goring-by-Sea you will find the Sea Lane cafe, a good place to enjoy a break before returning. For the main walk, turn left and re-trace your steps back towards the pier. It’s worth taking time to enjoy the beach itself along the way.

The beach may be pebbles, but at low tide you will also find a stretch of sand. Whatever the weather my family, friends and I wrap up warm and enjoy Worthing sea front all year round. An essential piece of winter kit is a bobble hat, so essential in my book that a friend and I set up our own bobble hat business. The trick is to wear them with pomfidence! If you fancy giving it a go, you can see our creations at kubixl.com.

As you get closer to the pier, you will pass a large square shelter at the beach edge (before The Lido). Turn left at this point, down the slope and cross over the road using the pedestrian crossing. Take the side road, West Buildings, signed to Worthing Market and the Town Centre.

West Buildings to End
West Buildings to End

Start point: 50.8093 lat, -0.3762 long
End point: 50.8187 lat, -0.376 long

Follow the side road as it leads you inland. At the junction with Montague Street, turn right into the pedestrianised section, known as Worthing’s West End. Keep straight ahead, through all the shops and passing the Rotunda in Montague Place. There are lots of places to get some refreshments along the way.

Continue to the end of the road where you will reach a T-junction with South Street, which you should recognise from your outward leg. If you want to return to the pier, turn right. If you are ready to head back to the station, turn left and retrace your steps from the outward leg. To do this, follow South Street and, just before the large chapel, turn left into Ambrose Place. At the end, with Christ Church ahead, turn right to reach the T-junction, turn left and then turn right after the Law Courts (into Christchurch Road). Follow the road to the end, turn left and then turn right at the crossroads with traffic lights. At the end of this road you will reach the rail station where the walk began.

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. Tap the Listen button (available via App only) to find out more...

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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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5192_0Richard1445877823 Worthing Sea Front walk Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Worthing pier provides great views of the coastline, in this case to the east
5192_1Richard1445877823 Worthing Sea Front walk Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Worthing pier is magnificent jutting out into the sea.
5192_2Richard1445877823 Worthing Sea Front walk Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Buildings along the sea front - look out for the different styles from days gone by up to the present day
5192_3Richard1445877823 Worthing Sea Front walk Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970
Don't miss walking along the beach.
5192_4Richard1445877823 Worthing Sea Front walk Image by: Richard
Uploaded: 01 Jan 1970

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