Sussex

Introduction

This area covers the coast from Rye Bay in the east to Selsey Bill in the west.

Much of this shoreline is fronted by a succession of seaside towns. A notable exception is the area around Beachy Head and this is the reason why paddlers will most likely travel to this area.

Times of high water

Shoreham: High water is 9 minutes after high water at Dover

Seaford: High water is 4 minutes after high water at Dover

Eastbourne: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Dover

Rye Bay: High water is 5 minutes before high water at Dover

Tidal streams

Across Shoreham Harbour entrance: The east going stream begins at 4 hours and 15 minutes after high water at Dover. The west going stream begins at 1 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Dover. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. The west-going stream runs into the harbour, most strongly between 45 minutes before high water at Dover until 15 minutes after high water at Dover. The out-going stream begins 1 hour and 15 minutes after high water Dover.

Newhaven Harbour entrance: The south south-east going stream begins at 1 hours after high water at Dover. The north north-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 45 minutes before high water at Dover. The flow reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs. The stream is faster in the northern part of the the harbour.

Between Shoreham and Beachy Head: The east south-east going stream begins at 6 hours after high water at Dover. The west north-west going stream begins at 1 hours before high water at Dover. The east south-east going stream reaches a speed of 1.7 knots at springs. The west north-west going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Rye Harbour entrance: The south-east going stream begins at at high water at Dover. The north-west going stream begins at 5 hours and 20 minutes before high water at Dover. The in-going stream is stronger than the outgoing stream, reaching 3.5 knots at springs and is reported to sometimes reach 5 knots.

Off Bognor Regis: The east north-east going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Dover. The west south-west going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Dover. The east north-east going stream reaches a speed of 0.8 knots at springs. The west south-west going stream reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs.

Beachy Head: The east going stream begins at 5 hours and 15 minutes before high water at Dover. The west going stream begins at 15 minutes after high water at Dover. The east going stream reaches a speed of 2.6 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 2 knots at springs. Overfalls can form when wind opposes tide here. Away from the head, streams are generally less than half a knot.

Selsey Bill: The east going stream begins at 4 hours and 30 minutes after high water at Portsmouth. The west going stream begins at 1 hours and 30 minutes before high water at Portsmouth. The east going stream reaches a speed of 2.4 knots at springs. The west going stream reaches a speed of 2.6 knots at springs. Flows may be closer to 1 knot in each direction inshore.

Pagham Harbour: Tidal streams in the entrance to the harbour can be strong.

Littlehampton Harbour entrance: The south south-east going stream begins at 2 hours after high water at Dover. The north north-west going stream begins at 4 hours before high water at Dover. The flow reaches a speed of 6 knots at springs. The stream turns an hour earlier at neaps

Rye Bay: The north-east going stream begins at 3 hours before high water at Dover. The south-west going stream begins at 3 hours after high water at Dover. The flow reaches a speed of 1 knots at springs. Flow is slack from 1 hour after high water Dover until the south west going stream starts.

Notes

Shoreham Harbour: The Harbour Radio uses VHF channel 14.

Access/Egress

Selsey Marine Gardens: (SZ 850 924) g Car park with height barrier by the shingle beach.

Selsey East Beach: (SZ 867 934) g Large car park, with 100 m walk to slipway.

Littlhampton West Beach: (TQ 028 012) g Small pay and display car park, with easy access to the beach to the south or the river to the north.

Shoreham Harbour: (TQ 234 049) g Parking (height barrier) next to the lighthouse, rowing club and lifeboat station.

Seaford Marine parade: (TV 476 992) g Parking along much of the beach.

Seaford Esplanade: (TV 487 983) g Parking all along the beach.

Rottingdean: (TQ 370 021) g A small gap in the cliffs allows access the beach down a short path from a busy street. There is a car park just to the east.

Eastbourne: (TV 614 984) g Parking along much of the Grand Parade road, which runs along the beach

Hastings: (TQ 828 094) g Large car park by the beach

Camber Broomhill Sands: (TQ 981 182) g Large car park along the road by the beach. Height barriers.

Camber Sands main car park: (TQ 965 186) g Large car park by the beach. Walk across the Sands may be long at low tide.

Rye Harbour: (TQ 943 191) g Large slipway. Large car park a short walk to the south west.

Cliff End: (TQ 894 137) g A reasonable amount of roadside parking on the road by the beach.

Littlehampton, Fishermans Quay: (TQ 026 019) g Public slipway in front of RNLI boathouse. Pay and display car park behind the boathouse.

Pulborough, River Arun: (TQ 046 185) g Slipway. Limited parking available just over a footbridge.

Arundel: (TQ 019 070) g Pontoon on river right just downstream of the bridge. Mill Road car park is 100m to the east.

Suggested trips

Beachy Head: The area around Beachy Head provides a welcome relief from the endless seaside towns that pervade much of the coastline in this region. The trip is normally paddled between Seaford and Eastbourne. Although the tide is not strong, it makes sense to paddle with it, unless the wind is a bigger factor. It is possible to get in at the Birling Gap, but this would involve carrying boats down the twisting metal staircase used to access the beach - probably only sensible as an emergency escape option. It is possible to shuttle using the bus service that runs along the A259. The highlights of the trip are the chalk cliffs of the Seven Sisters, and the cliffs and lighthouse at Beachy Head itself.

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