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Worthing Beach Guide: Where to walk, swim and relax

If you’re thinking of heading to the coast for the weekend, have you considered Worthing? Boasting a beautiful five-mile promenade lined with palm trees, Worthing makes an essential stop for anyone exploring the stunning beaches throughout Sussex. 

Luckily, we’ve outlined some of our favourite beaches near Worthing to make life easier for you. This relaxed, family-friendly resort offers something for everyone, so whether you’re looking to sunbathe and relax on a deck chair or spend the afternoon exploring on foot, read on to find out more. 

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Worthing beach

Worthing beach is a mostly flat, gently sloping pebble beach, but you’ll find plenty of firm sand and rock pools when the tide is out. The seafront features pastel-coloured beach huts and amusement arcades, but the beach is perhaps best known for its Grade II listed, art deco pier. First opened to the public in April 1862, Worthing Pier stands as a testament to the town’s fascinating history and provides ample opportunities for leisure and entertainment. 

With the striking Pavilion Theatre at its base, the pier stretches out almost 300 metres to the newly renovated Southern Pavilion. If you’re feeling decadent, why not enjoy a cooked breakfast at the new Perch on the Pier restaurant as you look out at panoramic coastline views?

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The best walks from Worthing beach

The stunning Sussex coastline boasts unrivalled proximity to the South Downs National Park, so it’s easy to discover breathtaking scenery within just a few miles of the beaches near Worthing. If you’d like to find something more than just a gentle stroll along the seafront, you’ll be spoilt for choice when it comes to natural beauty spots in the area. 

Just under four miles from Worthing pier, you’ll find the charming Highdown Gardens on Highdown Hill – a peaceful, undisturbed spot perfect for families and avid horticulturists too. The garden is also ideal if you’re starting from Ferring beach, taking just under an hour to reach on foot. The breathtaking Cissbury Ring can be easily reached from Worthing centre, offering a more challenging walk with outstanding views.

Beaches near Worthing

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Goring beach 

Popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers, Goring beach is home to Worthing Sailing Club and makes a fantastic destination for beginners and professionals alike to enjoy water sports. At the end of the beach, Sea Lane Café serves refreshing drinks and hot food with no booking required. 

Ferring beach

Ferring beach is located towards the more westerly end of the Worthing seafront, beyond Goring. One of the dog-friendly beaches near Worthing, it’s an idyllic spot for the whole family to enjoy the sea and is popular with kitesurfers and windsurfers. You can swim here, but there’s no lifeguard. You’ll find the Bluebird Café at the end of the beach, serving everything from breakfast to fish and chips.

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East Preston beach

East Preston beach neighbours Ferring beach and is just a stone’s throw from the nearest facilities at East Preston village. Access to this beach is slightly more difficult, but any visitors will be rewarded by a truly tranquil, often-empty seafront and colourful beach huts.

Lancing beach

Lancing beach lies just over two miles east of Worthing pier and offers a large, open green space with direct access to the beach. Lancing has separate zones for swimming and water sports, so you’ll stay safe in whichever activity you partake in. Furthermore, this beach has a smooth footpath running alongside it, making it easily accessible for wheelchair users and families with pushchairs. 

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Getting to sandy beaches near Worthing

All the beaches near Worthing are pebble or shingle, so we know you might be looking for a beach in Sussex with soft, golden sands. Luckily, it’s very easy to reach sandy beaches near Worthing after just a short train journey. From Worthing Station, you could travel to Bognor Regis or West Wittering, a stunning nature reserve with sand dunes leading to gentle waves on the shores.

Book train tickets to Worthing today and enjoy every precious minute of your time by the seaside.



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