Introducing Climping

Climping Photo © Peter Holmes (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Climping, also known as Clymping, is a quaint seaside village 5km (3 miles) west of Littlehampton. Modern maps show the spelling as Climping, although many locals still prefer the traditional spelling of Clymping.

Environmental Area in Climping Photo © Peter Holmes (cc-by-sa/2.0)
Climping Beach © Richard Rogerson (cc-by-sa/2.0)

Key landmarks of Climping

Like many beaches on the South coast, the Beach has pebbles, wooden groynes and dark sand. These are only exposed at low tide. This coastline is constantly being reshaped by longshore drift. Therefore this gives ideal conditions for kite surfers and wind-surfers (note that jet-skis are not allowed).

The 18th century Black Horse Inn, was formerly a smuggler’s pub like many in the area. This is a five-minute walk from the beach, serves food, and – unusually – includes a skittle alley.

Hand-built by local craftspeople, West Beach Café at the mouth of the River Arun is famous for its fish and chips.

Sand dunes within the Clymping Gap run between the River Arun and Littlehampton. They contain rare vegetated shingle and have been recognised as a Site of Special Scientific Interest. Therefore, there are many sections being fenced off to protect them. You can tour the dunes via the Visitor Centre.

The parish church is St Mary; it’s Grade 1 listed and dates from 1080.

Clymping Windmill was once another major landmark, but was converted from a traditional smock mill to a two-storey house in 1954.

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