The wonderful uninterrupted sandy beaches at East Wittering mean that it's an extremely busy family resort in summer.
In winter things are bleaker, with few people around and the wind and waves pounding the shoreline relentlessly. The caravan parks and camping grounds sit idly by while the residents wait for summer to come round and business to liven up again.
Inevitably the boom in the tourist trade and the ease with which people can reach East Wittering from London, has meant that East Wittering has expended greatly. The village has spread so far along the sea front that part of the village now lies within the parish of West Wittering - which seems counter-intuitive.
Over the centuries the sea has wreaked havoc at East Wittering, causing the loss of many hundreds of acres of land, washed into the sea and all but forgotten.
East Wittering is sometimes mentioned as one of the Thankful Villages - one of only 32 villages in England and Wales (and the only one in West Sussex) which, it is reckoned, lost no men during the First World War - a shocking statistic.
East Wittering WindmillShorn of its sails, and missing even its cap for eighty years, East Wittering's tower windmill is a sorry sight for any mill lover. The windmill is over two hundred years old.
Many of the windmills in Sussex have had plenty of TLC applied to them to great effect - maybe one day it will be the turn of East Wittering to get a mill makeover.
Where to stay near East Wittering
EAST WITTERING VILLAGE VILLAGE INFORMATION
- West Wittering
- West Itchenor
- The Salterns Way
- Chichester Canal
- Sidlesham and Highleigh
- Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve
- Pagham village
- Bognor Regis
- Burgess Hill
- East Grinstead
- Haywards Heath