Littlehampton

Beach huts and sand dunes at Littlehampton, West Sussex

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We had a wonderful staycation back in September, exploring a bit more of our local area in East and West Sussex. Since moving to Seaford two years ago, there's definitely been less need to go away on long trips as there is so much loveliness a short drive away (coast and country). In fact, this was one of the main reasons we decided to move.

Sandy beaches are a rarity in these parts, however, so when I found out there was a sandy beach and some sand dunes at Littlehampton, I had to visit, especially as I remembered there being rather a lovely lot of beach huts nearby too....

Littlehampton has two beaches, either side of the River Arun, East Beach and West Beach.

West Beach, Littlehampton

West Beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) with a local nature reserve, sand dunes and a sandy beach (with a fair amount of shingle too). We had a lovely time there, splashing in the sea and relaxing on the beach, followed by a wander through the sand dunes. Our little dog Misty absolutely LOVED the chance to roll around in the soft sand!

NB. there aren't many facilities here as you might expect from an SSSI - but there is a small cafe and some toilets (there are lots more across the other side of the river at East Beach).

We were lucky to have some lovely weather, so just enjoyed pottering along slowly soaking up the sunshine and blue skies and eating our picnic on the beach. And did I mention paddling in the sea? Such a treat for us to have some soft sand to walk on, as all our local beaches are shingle.

East Beach, Littlehampton

East Beach is the busier one, with lots of things to do. There is a very nice Cafe right on the beach (it's shingle here, rather than sand), plenty of parking, a family amusement park, kitesurfing.....and lots of beach huts.

The beach huts are managed by the local Council and are colour-coded in uniform rows of green, yellow and blue. I love to wander down the beach away from the crowds to find the older huts, which are much more characterful, with peeling paint. I was particularly lucky to have the most perfect blue skies with little fluffy clouds whilst I was there, so I got a little trigger happy - I hope you'll forgive me....

I think the sky blue ones might just be my favourites :)

Rustington

And on the off-chance that you haven't seen enough beach huts, if you wander eastwards along the beach until you reach Rustington, you will be rewarded with some very lovely numbers. In fact, I think these might be my favourites (apart from West Wittering, of course). But be warned, parking by the beach is pretty much non-existent here, so you are probably best to park in Littlehampton and walk.

The huts here are full of variety, but I do think their owners must collaborate as there are lovely rows of pastel ones and colourful ones, and then the blue ones...

Despite the strong light and harsh shadows, they made such a lovely backdrop, so we had to get some portraits with little Misty.

It was very hard to drag me and my camera away...

So there you have it, a little wander around the sandy beaches and beach huts of Littlehampton and Rustington - they make a lovely day trip. And if you're in the area, West Wittering, a little further west, is a beautiful sandy beach well worth a visit (and also full of pretty beach huts!). And then there's the historic town of Arundel with it's beautiful castle and gardens, Chichester, and one of my favourites, West Dean Gardens. I'm looking forward to some return visits already!

Now just in case you're a fellow beach-hut lover, I must mention my 2017 Beach Huts Printable Calendar, which features some of these beauties from West Sussex :) You can find it in my Etsy Shop.

Oh and you might like to follow along with my new Pinterest board, Beach Hut love. I shall be filling it with as many pastel and colourful pretty beach huts as I can find.



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Beach hut hunting in West Sussex

Those of you who've been following along for a while, will know that I have a bit of a thing about beach huts, especially pretty colourful ones. There's something so very photogenic about a row of brightly coloured huts by the sea, nestled in some dunes or sunning themselves against a big blue sky... It's impossible for me to walk past without getting my camera out!

In fact, I'm on a bit of a mission to hunt out all the beach huts in East and West Sussex. I think the stripey numbers at West Wittering are my favourites so far. But last weekend was the turn of Littlehampton and East Preston, thanks to some top tips from fellow beach hut lover SeasideLucy.

It was one of those lovely meandering days, where the plan goes out the window, and you just go with how you feel. We started out at Arundel, and had a lovely mooch around the castle's beautiful gardens, and a spot of lunch in the sunshine, before heading to Littlehampton.

It was bright and sunny, but very windy, and surprisingly nippy for this time of year. So we popped inside the East Beach Cafe (which has the most amazing location, right on the beach) for a cup of tea, staring out the huge windows at the sea. The food looked amazing, so next time we visit, I'm definitely going to eat there!

The beach huts in Littlehampton are all very uniform, but the neat rows of green, blue and yellow are very cheerful indeed.

Then it was onwards to East Preston. We didn't really know where we were going, just that there were some pretty beach huts *somewhere* between Littlehampton and East Preston. But I think the mystery all adds to the fun! So we parked up in the middle of East Preston and headed for the sea (if you are looking for the huts, you will find them somewhere near Sea Avenue, but you can't park there, as there is a large, private estate).

It was the perfect day for kite flying, as well as beach hut hunting!

In true Zoë style, I started off in the wrong direction. But no matter, it was such a lovely day for a walk. We packed up the kite and headed in the right direction and kept walking, and walking, determined to find them. And we were rewarded with the prettiest of rainbows, and a lovely quiet beach. I may have let out a little shriek!

I don't know if it's happenstance, or by design, but the juxtapositioning of all these colours is so delightful. I took my time wandering along slowly, snapping away, drinking it all in. 

I was one tired, but very happy Zoë, by the end of the day! It's hard to beat sitting on the beach in the afternoon sunshine, staring at the sea, listening to the waves and the gulls, with a rainbow of beach huts right beside you :)

I'd love to know about any other great spots for beach huts in East/West Sussex. I've found a few in Eastbourne, and the ones in my home town Seaford, of course. Plus there's the much-photographed ones in Hove and the stripey beauties in West Wittering. But I'm sure there must be more! I'd love it if you left me some recommendations in the comments - thanks so much in advance :)