GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

West Wittering to East Head and Itchenor Walk

10 miles (16 km)

The pretty village of West Wittering has lovely coastal footpaths to try. You can park at the beach car park and then follow paths along the beach and onto the National Trust owned East Head. Here you can stroll through shingle, sandy beach and a delightful sand dune habitat. The area is great for wildlife with skylarks, ringed plover and common sealsto look out for. There's also lots of pretty wildflowers and great views over Chichester Harbour to Hayling Island.
After exploring the dunes you can head north along the New Lipchis Way to West Itchenor. It's about a 4 mile walk along a pretty coast path with lovely views all the way.
If you would like to extend your walk you could catch the ferry from West Itchenor to Bosham and then explore Chichester Harbour and Thorney Island. You could also continue east along the New Lipchis Way to Birdham where you can visit Chichester Marina. Heading south east takes you to East Wittering, Bracklesham Bay and the Medmerry RSPB Nature Reserve, where there are some excellent wildlife spotting opportunites.
See the Selsey To West Wittering Walk for more details on this area.


PO20 8AU - Please note: Postcode may be approximate for some rural locations

West Wittering and East Head OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

West Wittering and East Head Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Walks near West Wittering

  • Selsey Bill - This walk visits the southernmost point of Sussex in the town of Selsey
  • Pagham Harbour - Enjoy a walk around this lovely coastal nature reserve and look out for thousands of wading birds
  • Chichester Harbour - This circular walk take you around the lovely Chidham peninsula
  • Chichester Canal - Enjoy a lovely waterside stroll along the Chichester Canal on this easy walk in Sussex
  • New Lipchis Way - This is an exceptionally lovely walking trail that runs from Liphook, in Hampshire, to East Head at the entrance to Chichester Harbour
  • Thorney Island - Enjoy a coastal circular walk around this beautiful peninsula in Chichester Harbour
  • Hayling Billy Trail - This popular cycling and walking trail uses the Hayling Billy Coastal Path which runs along the west coast of Hayling Island near Havant.
    The trail gives fabulous views of Langstone Harbour which is an internationally important site for its wildfowl and wading birds
  • Bosham - This lovely coastal walk takes you along the beautiful Chichester Harbour from Bosham to West Wittering
  • Bracklesham Bay - Enjoy a walk along the West Sussex coast from Bracklesham Bay to the Medmerry RSPB Nature Reserve
  • East Wittering To West Wittering Beach Walk - This easy walk takes you along the beach from East Wittering To West Wittering on the Sussex coast
  • Walk From Selsey To West Wittering - This walk takes you from Selsey to West Wittering via Bracklesham Bay.


Next to the car park and beach you'll find The Coffee Hut for some refreshments after your walk. They sell a good selection of meals, snacks and treats.

Dog Walking

The beach is a popular place for a dog walk. You are asked to please keep them on leads in the dunes area. The cafe mentioned above is also dog friendly.


High Tide at West Wittering - - 580856

High Tide at West Wittering

Beach at West Wittering - - 1350222

Beach at West Wittering. Approaching the life guard HQ which is about in the middle of the area which has the Blue Flag award.

East Head - - 1458255

East Head National Trust sign and a large number of people in the dunes at East Head. Areas are roped off to protect the vegetation from trampling and therefore maintain the stabilising influence of the plants.

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East Head in late winter

West Itchenor Jetty - - 3546724

West Itchenor Jetty

Beach huts in West Wittering (geograph 6274659)

Beach huts in West Wittering

West Wittering - - 2397447

View of the village with red phone box. The settlement includes a noteworthy Norman church.

The Parish Church of St Nicholas, West Itchenor - - 350245

The Parish Church of St Nicholas, West Itchenor. There was no mention in theDomesday Bookof a church at Itchenor but there was probably a small one of timber or stone before the present church was erected. In 1180 Bishop Seffrid II allowed the chapel built by Hugh Esturmy (lord of the manor) in 1175, to be converted into a parish church with its own graveyard. The church of St Nicholas, the patron saint of children and of seafarers, is a rectangular building 50 feet long and 16 feet 6 inches wide with no structural division between the nave and the chancel. Changs in the window arrangement to give extra light were made in the late 14th century and there have been alterations and additions in the 19th century and more recently.


GPS Files

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