West Wittering

West Sussex

West Wittering
© Geograph

Water Quality

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency

West Wittering is a natural sandy beach. The extensive grassy areas are perfect for picnics, barbecues and games. The area is internationally recognised for its wild natural beauty and wildlife.


There’s lots to do here, including: swimming, surfing, windsurfing, kite flying and snorkeling is possible in zoned areas. Surfboards are available to hire. Windsurfing and kite surfing members only April - October.

Wildlife and Walks

The adjacent beach, East Head, is an outstanding example of a natural coastal feature and is excellent for wildlife including migratory birds and rare coastal plants. Seals are occasionally sighted in Chichester harbour.

What's tested here?

Water samples are taken at this designated bathing water by the Environment Agency, during the bathing season, 15th May to 30th September.
Find out more about designated bathing waters.

High levels of bacteria in the water can indicate pollution from sewage treatment works or polluted rain water draining from the land.
Where does pollution comes from and how can you help?

Water quality can be reduced for up to 72 hours after heavy rain. Look out for temporary signs at the beach and on our website.

Annual classification

2017 Excellent

What does this mean?

At the end of every bathing season the water quality is classified as either:

Excellent — the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest

Good — generally good water quality

Sufficient — meets minimum standards

Poor — You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

Today's forecast

Forecasts are not available for this location.

Data provided by the Environment Agency
More information about potential pollution sources and improvement plans.


This Weather Widget is provided by the Met Office

Tide times

Potential hazards at this beach

Strong currents Strong currents
Tidal cut-off Tidal cut-off
Deep shelving beach Deep shelving beach

Lifeguarded locations - top five safety tips

Non-lifeguarded locations For those who can’t make it to a lifeguarded beach

For more information visit rnli.org.uk.

Facilities at West Wittering

Campsite Campsite Food Food Toilets Toilets Bins Bins



There is a car park by the beach.

Dog restrictions


Dogs not allowed on certain areas May 1st to September 30th.

Beach cleaning

Beach cleaned daily during the summer.