After our brief trip away our next walk was a bit closer to home and trying out one from our local edition of the Pathfinder Walk series. This walk is no.4 in volume 66 (West Sussex and the South Downs). This was a day in which it felt like spring had properly given way to summer and it felt appropriate to include a stretch of coast in our walk. This walk was modest in length but explores one of the few undeveloped coastal areas in Sussex between the two towns of Littlehampton and Bognor.
The first field we crossed had a nice wide path cut through the crop suggesting that this was a popular route. The crop itself was oil seed rape, which looks most untidy and tangled once the yellow flowers are all gone as they mostly had here. This is big sky country for the terrain is very flat and the only views are really of the distant Downs and the very large gas holder that dominates the skyline of western Littlehampton.
|Walking Through The Rapeseed|
In between fields there was a profusion of wildflowers with some very large thistles and hedge woundwort not only catching our eye but also plenty of local bees too for the hedgerow was absolutely buzzing with life. We crossed a couple of rifes that were pretty dry looking but would serve to drain the farmland and ensure that it is fit for agricultural use. Some of the crops looked like they had had weedkiller sprayed on them, which was a bit odd. Luckily we were able to give these sections a wide berth as we crossed to meet the old coast road that served Littlehampton.
Our onward route took us down the road past mobile homes (very popular in these parts). Any notion that this would be a quiet road now that it does not continue into the town of Littlehampton couldn’t be further from the truth. The West Beach is very popular, possibly because it is quite undeveloped but also unusually for these parts it is entirely sand. The road was therefore very busy as people headed off to the beach for one of their first summer visits.
|Back to Climping Beach|
This was a pleasant walk but in truth it needs a really nice day to get the most out of it. I am not sure how much interest there might be during the winter but in my opinion the wildflowers saved it. Without them and the odd point of interest such as the Arun Bridge (which isn’t on the official route) and the beach the walk could be described as mildly diverting rather than full of interest.