East Wittering and Bracklesham are two coastal villages lying next to each other on the sweeping crescent of Bracklesham Bay. This pair of villages offers a special appeal to those who wish to spend their holidays away from the hustle and bustle of the larger seaside resorts. The seafront runs from the expansive beach at Bracklesham in the East through East Wittering and extending to the Blue Flag dunes of East Head in the West. At low tide, these extensive areas of sandy beaches are exposed, providing an ideal location for family picnics, beach games, swimming and fishing. Large pools are left around the ends of the breakwaters in which children can fish for crabs, shrimps, prawns and small fish. There are also fossilised mudbanks hidden beneath these sands and sharp eyes can sometimes spot a fossil lurking amongst the sand or hidden in the pebbles. These fossils are black in colour and range from shark’s teeth to mammoth’s teeth!
For those visitors who want a more energetic holiday, the unique shape of the coastline provides ideal conditions for a wide variety of water sports. East Wittering and Bracklesham boast some of the best surfing beaches on the central Southern coast. This is a year-round activity, along with windsurfing, kayaking and the newer sport of kite-surfing. Bracklesham is also a great location for divers because the wreck of the Hazardous is in close proximity.
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