Dog Walks – West Sussex – Climping Beach – Littlehampton – Rustington

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Climping Beach – Littlehampton – Rustington

Three all-year-round perfect dog walking beaches Climping Beach – Littlehampton West Beach – Rustington Beach

What Are The Best Dog Walks In West Sussex?

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West Sussex is situated south of London and Surrey, facing the English Channel, and very accessible by train and car, perfect for days out with your dog.

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 shelving 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.

Littlehampton has a train terminal being 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. With easy access, just a few minutes walk to the sea and beach and plenty of dog-friendly cafes and restaurants.

Three all-year-round perfect dog walking beaches include Climping Beach, Littlehampton West Beach, and Rustinton Beach

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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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.

Rustington Beach
Climping 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.


To get the very best out of a special day trip, do plan your day in advance.

  • The pandemic has bought about pre-booking car parks in some coastal locations. Pre-book your car park if necessary
  • Check all local social media before setting out including if there are traffic build-ups in the area so you are not wasting time sitting in a hot car
  • Check tide times for the best times to be on the beach. We recommend two hours after high tide allows the tide to be going out, sand and shingle drying out and gives more space on the beach. Check > tide times.
  • Remember to buy sun creams for you and your pet before its too hot weather, apply before leaving home
  • Ensure your dog has ventilated space in your vehicle and also sunshades protecting them

Never leave your dog unattended in your car especially when its hot

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.


To take lots (more than usual) of fresh water and a collapsible bowl for your thirsty dog. Seawater is salty and will make your dog even more thirsty.

Have old towels to dry your dog if they’ve been swimming. Provide them with towels to sit on rather than the sand, and towels help to clean off the sand before going home!

A sun canopy or umbrella shade is important, not just for you, but also your dog who can catch sunburn as much as you can in warmer weather.

You may need to use a short and/or long dog lead during restriction times, and take a dog muzzle if you prefer your dog to wear one on busier beaches. They can act out character in new, unknown places often feeling anxious.

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The recent pandemic has bought about new changes to the ways we do things. Post lockdown restrictions may require households not to travel in certain areas of the UK. Read the latest government advice. It’s advisable to check with your local council and social media websites before making special journeys. You may find that you are required to pre-book vehicle entry into popular beaches during the summer months.

Prices and information correct at the time of writing. Images courtesy Experience West Sussex

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