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King Charles III England Coast Path – West Sussex section


Key Features

Coastal trail


All Year


Self Guided


South England


Coast, Meadow, Rivers

Walking Days




Number of Nights






Accessible for all, Beginner, Children, Couples, Family, Solo Walkers

Head off on a journey of coastal splendour as you discover the West Sussex section of the King Charles III England Coast Path.  Starting at East Head near West Wittering and finishing at Brighton (just over the border into East Sussex), walking this newest National Trail is a sensory feast, offering a diverse range of urban and rural landscapes, historical sites, and natural wonders.

As you set foot on the 50 mile route, be prepared to be enchanted by the rhythmic rolling of waves, the symphony of coastal birds, and the panoramic vistas that stretch to the horizon. With each step, you’ll discover a landscape rich in biodiversity, where beaches and coves intertwine with lush woodlands and urban seaside communities.

History certainly comes alive along this section of the King Charles III England Coast Path, where the echoes of bygone eras reverberate through ancient landmarks and remnants of coastal defences. Immerse yourself in the captivating narratives of West Sussex’s maritime past, as you tread in the footsteps of those who once guarded these shores.

Whether you’re a seasoned hiker, a family seeking a leisurely stroll, or someone who looks for tranquillity, lace up your walking shoes, breathe in the salty sea air, and let the journey unfold along this diverse coastal path. 

Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect to see along this captivating coastal trail:

Breathtaking Coastal Views:

The path meanders along the coastline, treating you to uninterrupted panoramic views of the English Channel. Take in the expansive vistas of the sea, and revel in the ever-changing colours of the water.

Charming coastal villages and bustling seaside towns:

En route, you’ll encounter both charming coastal villages and traditional seaside towns that exude both charm and character. Explore the quaint streets, traditional shops, and perhaps stop for a moment in a seafront cafe to savour that seaside essential – fish and chips!

Historic Landmarks:

Immerse yourself in the rich history of West Sussex as you pass by historic landmarks and remnants of coastal defences. Look out for ancient castles, forts, and military installations that stand as silent witnesses to centuries of maritime history.

Lush Woodlands and Nature Reserves:

The trail winds through verdant woodlands and nature reserves, offering a peaceful escape into the heart of nature. Keep an eye out for diverse flora and fauna, creating a haven for birdwatchers and wildlife enthusiasts.

Seafaring Heritage:

Delve into the seafaring heritage of the region, with glimpses of maritime activity, lighthouses, and historic ports. Learn about the stories of sailors, fishermen, and coastal communities that have shaped the area’s identity.

Coastal Flora and Fauna:

The King Charles III England Coast Path is home to a diverse range of coastal flora and fauna. Keep your eyes peeled for unique plant species adapted to the coastal environment, and observe seabirds soaring overhead.

Whether you’re seeking a leisurely stroll, an invigorating hike, or a journey through history, the King Charles III England Coast Path promises a memorable and enriching experience along the stunning West Sussex coastline.

You will be spoiled for choice for places to eat and drink along the trail. With welcoming pubs and cafes, quaint sandwich shops, and local artisan bakeries all awaiting you.  There are numerous opportunities to sample local food, wines and beers along with our seasonal recommendations and try our special list of ‘must taste delights’.

At the end of each day when you arrive at your accommodation, there are numerous country pubs and restaurants many offering local produce and providing a tranquil setting to enjoy some well-earned refreshment after your ramble.  After breakfast, its time to head back out onto the trail with your Walk Pack as your guide, keeping you informed of points of interest along the way. In the meantime your bags will be transferred to your next overnight accommodation and will be ready for your arrival.

Our King Charles III England Coast Path walking holiday is achievable for anyone with a fair level of fitness.  The route is well signposted on generally well maintained paths with no stiles and there is good access to all parts of the route via roads and public transport (regular trains runs from Gatwick and London to Chichester, Bognor, Littlehampton, Worthing and Brighton). The trail itself is largely flat with occasional undulating sections. The terrain is a mix of tarmac paths and promenades, rights of way and some occasional sections along the pebbly beach. This walking holiday can be enjoyed all year round.

What’s included:

This walking holiday is ideal for the independent adventurer looking to escape either on their own, with a partner, family or group of friends where you all can reconnect and enjoy great walking, food, drinks and friendly accommodation.

This walking break is flexible and available on a date to suit you (subject to availability) for from 3 days walking and 4 nights accommodation (additional nights are available if you would prefer to enjoy this route at a more leisurely pace). As a guide, walking this route over 3 days averages about 16 miles per day, or over 4 days averages 12.5 miles walking, so there are different options available for you depending on how long you would like to take. We strongly advise booking your trip in advance as places are limited. The trail can be enjoyed all year round.

Prices are based on a ‘from’ price, depending on accommodation type and availability. Accommodation is based on two sharing an en-suite room, staying on a bed & breakfast basis (single accommodation is available at a supplement). When selecting the accommodation we work with helpful, friendly hosts with good quality, characterful accommodation as close to the trail as possible. Our preference is to provide en suite accommodation, however in some of the more remote locations accommodation is limited and occasionally we may have to book rooms with shared bathrooms or accommodation further off the trail and which may require additional transport (especially if the booking is made at short notice), but we will always let you know if this is likely to be the case. On booking you will receive a fully detailed itinerary, type of accommodation and a price quote. Your lunch and evening meal isn’t included in the package, but we include full details and recommendations for each meal option in your itinerary. You will normally be within walking distance of a pub, restaurant or at your accommodation and will make recommendations based on our knowledge of the area. We suggest budgeting an additional £35 per day per person for lunch and dinner.

With your bag transfers all taken care of, all you need to concentrate on savouring the views of the glorious corner of the country and putting one foot in front of the other. You can have complete confidence that we will take care of your every need.

We take the time to find out more from you about the experience you would like, the things you enjoy and your travel plans. We then use our passion, experience and local knowledge of the area to craft an itinerary just for you.

We are out and about in the South Downs every week guiding and instructing and we have walked the routes and trails many, many times. The area is like a second home to us, so you can be sure that you will be receiving the very best in terms of experience and expertise. We work extremely closely with the National Park to ensure that all our trips, walks and activities are delivered sustainably and in line with their ethos.

Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss your booking in more detail and we would be delighted to share our knowledge and passion for this stunning area with you to help ensure you have the perfect trip.

“We felt completely secure in the hands of Pied a Terre from start to finish. They took our brief quickly and efficiently and responded with an ideal bespoke walk for us incorporating all the key features we requested. The accommodation was spot-on and everything went like clock-work, from the itinerary to the baggage transfer” Mr Oldfield


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