The last section of open coast
This section of the South Coast Path takes us from Bognor Regis to Littlehampton. There is an open section of land at Climping Gap that is the only unbuilt stretch between Bognor and Brighton.
May 2014 Bognor Pier - follow the arrow to the right to see more photos of this stage.
The stage is described below walking west to east (prevailing wind behind) - but can be walked in either direction.
Description of the walk
The walk starts at Bognor Pier and ends at the footbridge over the River Arun in Littlehampton. It is a genuinely "flat stage" with the highest point being the sand dune at West Beach Littlehampton.
The route follows the esplanade passing a Butlin's holiday resort (originally built in 1960) before entering Felpham. A distant family member, a daughter of John Ogden, lives near the route in Felpham.
Once the esplanade ends there is a path before crossing the Middleton green sward. At Middleton the sea reaches a wall at a dwelling at High tide and a short inland diversion is required. Even at low tide the shingle is washed high up the groynes which means long walk to the lower end of the groyne - hence a walk into town is recommended.
Access back to the sae is down a road by the church and a gap between houses that back on to the sea. This is harder to find when walking east to west - the entrance is hidden near some bushes.
From here it is shingle to West Beach Littlehampton, though the sand (by the sea defences) can be walked at low tide. There are harder paths in most of the shingle.
The Littlehampton channel is man-made (reclaimed from marshes on either side of the Arun). The remaining mud flats contain several decaying boats.
Places along the stage
|Stage terminus||Bognor Regis||Pier|
|Passage point||Middleton on Sea|
|Passage point||Climping Gap|
|Lowest point||2||sea level [m amsl]|
|Highest point||7||sand dune West Beach[m amsl]|
|Date walked||Who||Walking time hr||Av. speed kmh||Stoppage hr||Direction|
|11 Jan 2012||KJM||2.85 hours||5.0||0.47hr||west to east|
|13 March 2013||KJM, HMM||2.7 hours||5.0||0.75hr||west to east|
|05 June 2014||KJM, HMM||2.70 hours||5.0||0.95hr||east to west|
Points of Interest
Getting there & back
The Southern service along the South Coast is very good with regular trains between Southampton/Portsmouth and Brighton. To get to Bognor you have to change at Barnham for the branch line.
Likewise to return from Littlehampton a change at either Ford or Barnham is necessary.
Start: 11 January 2012
References & Links:
|20140501||Bognor Regis [Wikipedia]|
Updated KJM 21 June 2014