The Witterings

The neighbouring villages of West and East Wittering, more commonly known as ‘The Witterings’, lie to the east of the entrance to Chichester Harbour. With gently sloping, sugar-white sands, calm waters and a balmy microclimate, the area is an uncommercial family paradise, sheltered by the Isle of Wight and the South Downs.

The Witterings

The neighbouring villages of West and East Wittering, more commonly known as ‘The Witterings’, lie to the east of the entrance to Chichester Harbour. With gently sloping, sugar-white sands, calm waters and a balmy microclimate, the area is an uncommercial family paradise, sheltered by the Isle of Wight and the South Downs.

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The Beach

The waters are very popular with surfers, kite surfers, windsurfers and SUPs.  There is plenty of opportunity to hire equipment and organise lessons from both 2XS https://2xs.co.uk/ on the beach at West Wittering or Shore Watersports https://www.shore.co.uk/ in the village of East Wittering. East Head, near the village of West Wittering, lies at the entrance to Chichester Harbour.  It is owned by the National Trust and is one of the last pieces of natural coastline in the county. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-head.  It is a very important place for wildlife and the National Trust works particularly hard to protect birdlife on the dunes.  It is an ideal place to walk with your dog or just relax and watch the boats sailing in the estuary.  It is also the best spot in the area for hide and seek and jumping off sand dunes.   There is a large car park and parking prices vary throughout the year https://www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk/parking.html.  Do note that payment is per entry so make sure you have brought everything with you for the day.  There is a café and fish & chip van in the car park if you don’t want to pack a picnic.

The stretch of beach directly in front of the car park and the brightly coloured beach huts is the most popular.  The sand here is the whitest and the softest but it does get very busy in peak season.  If you are staying in peak season, you only need to walk a little bit further east towards the village of East Wittering to find more space. The beach is just as nice a little further away from the crowds, especially at low tide. Shhh, don’t tell everyone that though.

The beach is very popular with dog walkers throughout the year, although there are restrictions on where dogs can go on the beach between 1st May and 30th September.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach at all between groynes numbered 14a to 18, which is basically the area in front of the line of beach huts.  You can walk dogs on a lead through the car park to access East Head, which is dog friendly all year around.  Dogs are also free to walk on the rest of the beach but you are requested to keep them on a lead on the stretch in front of Shore Road in East Wittering and again in front of the car park at Bracklesham Bay, where you will find the wonderful restaurant Billy’s on the Beach. https://www.billysonthebeach.co.uk/.  Billy’s is a must when holidaying in the area but you should book to avoid disappointment.  Never leave without finishing with a “Beach Body Buster” or one of their other deliciously indulgent sundaes.

 

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The Beach
The Beach

The waters are very popular with surfers, kite surfers, windsurfers and SUPs.  There is plenty of opportunity to hire equipment and organise lessons from both 2XS https://2xs.co.uk/ on the beach at West Wittering or Shore Watersports https://www.shore.co.uk/ in the village of East Wittering. East Head, near the village of West Wittering, lies at the entrance to Chichester Harbour.  It is owned by the National Trust and is one of the last pieces of natural coastline in the county. https://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/east-head.  It is a very important place for wildlife and the National Trust works particularly hard to protect birdlife on the dunes.  It is an ideal place to walk with your dog or just relax and watch the boats sailing in the estuary.  It is also the best spot in the area for hide and seek and jumping off sand dunes.   There is a large car park and parking prices vary throughout the year https://www.westwitteringbeach.co.uk/parking.html.  Do note that payment is per entry so make sure you have brought everything with you for the day.  There is a café and fish & chip van in the car park if you don’t want to pack a picnic.

The stretch of beach directly in front of the car park and the brightly coloured beach huts is the most popular.  The sand here is the whitest and the softest but it does get very busy in peak season.  If you are staying in peak season, you only need to walk a little bit further east towards the village of East Wittering to find more space. The beach is just as nice a little further away from the crowds, especially at low tide. Shhh, don’t tell everyone that though.

The beach is very popular with dog walkers throughout the year, although there are restrictions on where dogs can go on the beach between 1st May and 30th September.  Dogs are not allowed on the beach at all between groynes numbered 14a to 18, which is basically the area in front of the line of beach huts.  You can walk dogs on a lead through the car park to access East Head, which is dog friendly all year around.  Dogs are also free to walk on the rest of the beach but you are requested to keep them on a lead on the stretch in front of Shore Road in East Wittering and again in front of the car park at Bracklesham Bay, where you will find the wonderful restaurant Billy’s on the Beach. https://www.billysonthebeach.co.uk/.  Billy’s is a must when holidaying in the area but you should book to avoid disappointment.  Never leave without finishing with a “Beach Body Buster” or one of their other deliciously indulgent sundaes.

 

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The Villages

The village of East Wittering is has a wider range of shops and restaurants, including a couple of small supermarkets, a number of independent grocery stores, butchers, a baker and a few toy shops.  For a special treat pay a visit to Simon in Candies Sweet Shop https://www.candiessweetshop.co.uk/shop.html

We would also highly recommend a stroll down to the bottom of Shore Road where you will find Bob in his Fisherman’s Hut.  He is normally there between 11am and 4pm but it depends on the available catch.  All his fish is freshly caught so get there early to get the best he has to offer.

Some of our favourite restaurants in the area are in East Wittering.  Samphire is excellent, serving delicious food all made using locally sourced produce https://www.samphireeastwittering.co.uk/

Drifters is another popular choice with its relaxed and informal atmosphere, great food and an outdoor area perfect for chilling with a beer or cocktail.  It is just a stones throw from the beach https://www.drifters-ew.co.uk/ 

The Drift In Café further up Shore Road and in the heart of the village serves yummy pancakes, smoothies and coffee.  They are dog friendly, child friendly and are overall a very friendly and smiley bunch.  Their surf shop does a good range of clothes by their own label, Wittering Surf and they also stock Fat Face. https://www.witteringsurfshop.com/pages/drift-in-cafe

The village of West Wittering itself is set back from the beachfront and has a lovely café called The Landing and a good pub, The Old House at Home.  There are also a few useful shops including Tessiers, an excellent butchers https://westwitteringbutchers.co.uk/ and a beautiful gift shop, New Waves Box https://www.newwavesbox.co.uk/

 

Candies
Samphire
Drifters
New Waves
The Witterings Surf
Tessiers Butchers
The Villages

The village of East Wittering is has a wider range of shops and restaurants, including a couple of small supermarkets, a number of independent grocery stores, butchers, a baker and a few toy shops.  For a special treat pay a visit to Simon in Candies Sweet Shop https://www.candiessweetshop.co.uk/shop.html

We would also highly recommend a stroll down to the bottom of Shore Road where you will find Bob in his Fisherman’s Hut.  He is normally there between 11am and 4pm but it depends on the available catch.  All his fish is freshly caught so get there early to get the best he has to offer.

Some of our favourite restaurants in the area are in East Wittering.  Samphire is excellent, serving delicious food all made using locally sourced produce https://www.samphireeastwittering.co.uk/

Drifters is another popular choice with its relaxed and informal atmosphere, great food and an outdoor area perfect for chilling with a beer or cocktail.  It is just a stones throw from the beach https://www.drifters-ew.co.uk/ 

The Drift In Café further up Shore Road and in the heart of the village serves yummy pancakes, smoothies and coffee.  They are dog friendly, child friendly and are overall a very friendly and smiley bunch.  Their surf shop does a good range of clothes by their own label, Wittering Surf and they also stock Fat Face. https://www.witteringsurfshop.com/pages/drift-in-cafe

The village of West Wittering itself is set back from the beachfront and has a lovely café called The Landing and a good pub, The Old House at Home.  There are also a few useful shops including Tessiers, an excellent butchers https://westwitteringbutchers.co.uk/ and a beautiful gift shop, New Waves Box https://www.newwavesbox.co.uk/

 

Candies
Samphire
New Waves
The Witterings Surf
Tessiers Butchers
Drifters
The Witterings

The Witterings Properties

Wellies & Windbreaks manages some of the finest holiday homes along this stretch of coastline.  We have something to suit every occasion be it a large, luxury property for a special celebration, a family friendly home for a bucket and spade holiday, or a beachfront apartment for a couples weekend away.   Please browse through our Witterings portfolio and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.

Court Barn

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Springtide

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Eurica

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Tofts

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Seamark

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Red Door

Red Door

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Manderley

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Sherkin

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Number 24

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Wickham

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Sunny Southcote

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The Witterings Properties

Wellies & Windbreaks manages some of the finest holiday homes along this stretch of coastline.  We have something to suit every occasion be it a large, luxury property for a special celebration, a family friendly home for a bucket and spade holiday, or a beachfront apartment for a couples weekend away.   Please browse through our Witterings portfolio and feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
Court

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Eurica

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Seamark

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red door

Red Door

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Number 24

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Wickham

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Manderley

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Moongate

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Sunny Southcote

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Springtide

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