The beach at Climping and sand dunes are a place of special scientific interest, stretching for over two miles, and a great place for wildlife. Dunes, shingle, sand flats and sea are all home to special creatures and prolific bird life, including Oystercatchers, Terns, and Ringed Plovers and exotic migrating birds. The cacophony of seabirds feeding at sunrise is a joy to behold.
Climping Beach and sand dunes
Walk along the beach to the east and alongside the River Arun, is West Beach, a Nature Reserve, and at the top of the beach is the West Beach Cafe, highly recommended for its fish and chips. Continue walking along the riverbank, past the Golf and Sailing Clubs and you will come to a footbridge over the river leading into Littlehampton. Walking to the west you will come to the villages of Elmer and Middleton, Felpham and eventually Bognor Regis.
Upstream, to the north, you have the beauty of the South Downs National Park to discover, stopping on the way at Arundel with its imposing Castle, the seat of the Dukes of Norfolk. It is one of the great treasure houses of England and is home to priceless works of art. Climbing the 131 steps to the Keep, which dates from the 11th century, to take in the coastal and downland views is definitely worth the effort. This delightful town is full of antique shops, galleries, boutiques, bistros, tea rooms and Pubs. The River Arun winds its way around the town and is a magnet for wildlife. The Arundel Wildflowl and Wetland Trust attracts some of the world’s most spectacular ducks, geese and swans.
The Cathedral City of Chichester is some ten miles with its famous Festival Theatre, and Goodwood, with its abundance of world renowned attractions, including horse racing, the Festival of Speed and the Revival Meeting.
Climping is midway between Brighton with its rich mix of Regency heritage, boutique shops and restaurants and Portsmouth with its historic naval dockyard with the Victory and Mary Rose and modern shopping centres. All are within easy reach by car, or bus or rail. There are many Golf Courses in the area offering Links golf at Littlehampton, Parkland at Avisford Park and Ham Manor and Downland courses at Goodwood, Cowdray and Worthing.
Bognor Regis Sunset