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Beautiful walks along coastal routes and sandy beaches
West Sussex is situated south of London, facing the English Channel, and very accessible by train and car, perfect for days out.
There are many beaches in West Sussex open to the public, with very easy access allowing dog walking throughout the year. Most are typically pebbly and shingle at high tide where sand is exposed once the tide turns and with gentle slopes. The beaches use the groyne system to help tackle coastal erosion, these are dividing sections of the beach with wooden structures placed in between. Small villages are situated overlooking the beaches providing residents with fabulous sea views and local roads running alongside the beaches, so it’s not always necessary to have to travel to designated beach car parks.
Three all-year-round dog walking beaches include Climping beach, Littlehampton West beach and Rustington beach.
Littlehampton has a train terminal situated on the south coast with direct trains leaving Victoria Station, London, taking about 1 hour 45 minutes to arrive, less if you board at East Croydon, making a fabulous day out any time of the year for you and your best friend. Train travel is free for well-behaved dogs. (Read more about travelling with your pet for free). With easy access, just a few minutes walk to the sea and beach and plenty of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants.
Climping Beach is about 1.5 miles walk west to Littlehampton West beach and Rustington is about 3 miles east of Littlehampton.
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Findon West Sussex
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A beautiful converted modern style ban interior at Findon making it a great location for a long weekend break or staycation holiday accessible for South Down walks, visits to Arundel and Worthing towns and all the beaches dotted along the West Sussex coastline.
The backshore beach at Rustington is pebbly peppered with pretty beach huts. A very popular dog-walking beach particularly when the tide retreats leaving large expanses of sand exposed and perfect for any family day out. The sandy beach makes a great walk at low tide towards Littlehampton East.
Littlehampton West beach is as its name describes situated on the west bank of the Arun estuary which flows out into the English Channel at Littlehampton.
Littlehampton town is built on the east side and this leaves the west side much quieter, again, sand and mudflats exposed at low tide, perfect for all year round dog walking. Behind the beach is an area of sand dunes, an area of scientific interest allowing you to explore following dedicated walkways. Handy car park, newly built cafe and easy access onto the beach.
Climping Beach is just over a mile walk along from Littlehampton West beach, still pebbly and sandy with the tide out. The scientific area continues along with the sand dune system but some of the walking areas here are restricted and sea coastal erosion works intermittently.
It’s a quiet beach, perfect at low tide for a good walk with your dog. Facilities are limited, small car park with toilet facilities but easy flat access.
You can feel safe by the water knowing that Littlehampton has a lifeboat station service. The RNLI have a website with helpful advice to remind yourself about sea and beach safety.
The immediate area is very well served with 7 veterinary practices available in an area of about 5 miles or less, should you require in case of emergencies.
The biggest doggie tips are to remember to take lots of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog and old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming and to help clean off the sand before going home! Please remember to take your rubbish home with you. You may need to use a short or long dog lead and take a muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches.
Never leave your dog unattended in your car.
Before you travel you may like to use our useful checklists, guides and tips available on the Pet Holidays and Pets Travelling pages. You may like to read our blog about keeping safe when beach dog walking.
Beach images courtesy Visit Sussex, Pinterest. Prices and information correct at the time of writing.
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