Beautiful Sussex Beaches Within Easy Reach of Steyning

Beaches near Steyning are within easy reach and it is possible to travel to the nearest ones using public transport. The latest bathing water quality ratings for Sussex rate Shoreham, Lancing and Worthing beaches as excellent.

Shoreham Beach

The closest beach is at Shoreham just a 15 minute drive away. Parking is available off the Old Fort Road. You can also travel there on the number 2 bus – get off at Shoreham High Street and walk across the footbridge.

Shoreham Beach is a designated Local Nature Reserve with large areas of vegetated shingle – an extremely rare and fragile habitat, with a very limited distribution in Great Britain. The reserve is home to approximately 90 species of plants, many of which come into bloom in late May/early June.

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It is also close to an RSPB (Royal Society for the Protection of Birds) reserve and is an important roosting area.

At the eastern end of the beach is Shoreham Fort, a designated Scheduled Ancient Monument, completed in 1857, when the threat of invasion from France was high.

South Lancing Beach

This beach runs between Shoreham and Worthing with a coastal path along its length. It is 6 miles from Steyning. You can leave a car in quiet streets near Shoreham Beach, or pay to park at Beach Green in Lancing.

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South Lancing is home to a sailing club and the beach is used by sailing enthusiasts, windsurfers and kite-surfers.  The surfing conditions are best during the winter months.  The beach is divided into zones to keep water sport enthusiasts away from the bathers. 

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You’ll find the popular Perch café, serving hot food, cakes and drinks near Lancing Beach Green. This has a children’s play area and a new skate park.  You might also come across a funfair, car boot sale or market there!

Worthing Beach

The gently sloping beach at Worthing is sand and shingle, with most of the sandier parts covered as the tide moves in. Popular activities on the beach include fishing, windsurfing and swimming.

Take stroll on Worthing Pier – built in 1862 – and call into the café. The Grade II Listed Pavilion Theatre sits at the end.

Worthing is 6 miles from Steyning. There is some pay-for parking along Marine Parade with direct access to the beach. You can also use the large multi-storey car park, adjacent to the beach. There are a few direct buses from Steyning or you can take the number 2 to Shoreham High Street, then the 700 along the coast.

Brighton Beach

One of the UK’s most famous, Brighton Beach has certified Blue Flag waters and a 4-mile promenade. It is known as London’s beach, even though it is 47 miles away so unsurprisingly, it can get very crowded on Bank Holidays!

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The waters are popular for swimming and water sports such as windsurfing, sailing, kayaking, stand-up paddle boarding and wake boarding. They all look good from the comforts of a deckchair!

There’s a Victorian pier and a traditional fairground along with cafes, restaurants, fish and chips and beach clubs. Next to the pier is the Sea Life Centre which is probably the oldest aquarium in the world, dating back to 1872.

Enjoy an ice cream or an entertaining performance by street performers around the Fishing Quarter of the beachfront.

Brighton is 12 miles from Steyning. There are car parks near the beach, but you may prefer to take the number 2 bus to Shoreham High Street, then catch the 700 coastal service.

Littlehampton Beach

Littlehampton is 16 miles from Steyning, heading west. I love the beach huts here!

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