Middleton-on-Sea is located in a well-to-do section of the West Sussex coastline. There’s a strong sense of civic pride here, with the Middleton-on-Sea Association working closely with Arun District Council to protect the Greensward and vulnerable beach with elaborate groyne systems, plus the rock islands off Elmer that interviewee Chris refers to. It’s a tranquil spot, highly recommended.
Chris’ sense of pride in the place he lives.
The greensward and elaborate sea defences at Middleton-on-Sea.
Middleton-on-Sea’s beach is best approached on foot, as there is no parking, apart from nearby Middleton village. Typically for West Sussex, the upper reaches of the beach are made up of shingle with wooden groynes as breakwaters, the ebb tide revealing plenty of sandy beach below. The plants that grow in the ”vegetated shingle” make this beach unique, attracting insects and sea birds along the shore. There’s plenty of seating with views out to sea, a good place to rest if you’re walking along the coast. This beach marks the western end of the Bognor Regis promenade, so to get to nearby Climping beach you need to go into Middleton-On-Sea village and follow the signs to Elmer.
The spiritual appeal of the beach to Jane.
A wild December day on Middleton beach.