Our cottage is located in the quiet rural Conservation Area of the Clymping Gap. This is now one of the few Strategic Rural Gaps along the Sussex shoreline and is the longest stretch of natural coastline between Bognor and Brighton and includes West Beach Local Nature Reserve.
There are numerous footpaths in the village, providing access to the River Arun, Climping beach and the countryside within and around the village. A part of the South Coast Cycle Way goes through the village providing cyclists with safe access to surrounding areas.
The dunes area on the beach are a Site of Special Scientific Interest and they are part of the West Beach Local Nature Reserve. The Western end of the dunes has been fenced to protect some rare plants which are sensitive to trampling. There are areas of unfenced dunes closer towards Clymping. This area is a SNCI( Site of Nature Conservation) because of the internationally important vegetated shingle habitat.
The Climping Gap footpath details can be found on the
Climping or Clymping?
Well, if you are looking at a map, you are likely to see Climping. So, to help you find us, that is the spelling you will find mostly on this website. You will however see many references to the more traditional name of Clymping and this is the spelling preferred by the Parish Council.
You can walk from the front gate of the cottage straight onto a footpath that will take you across the fields to the beach in just 10 minutes.
There are a number of ponds with their associated wildlife.
The area is very popular with ornothologists as the vast undeveloped nature of the area, attracts both native and migratory species. In particular, you will hear many skylarks as you walk to the beach. This year we have many rare sightings, so if you see lots of greeen clad people with cameras with huge lenses walking past the cottage, don't be alarmed! Please take a look at the site below which shows regularly updated details of the birds seen in and around the Climping area.
Climping Beach is vast and very rarely crowded and a popular location for dog walkers, horse riders, wind surfers and kite surfers.
Weather wise, the area has its own micro-climate, generally experiencing more sunshine hours and being dryer and warmer than other locations in the South of England. This is probably because the area is protected by the South Downs National Park behind Climping and also by the land mass of Selsey to the West. These factors, combined with local sea breezes, will often leave Climping sunny when other areas are cloudy or even raining. This can be seen most clearly on cold front days, when showers have either already spent themselves by the time they get to Climping or they get pushed back into the South Downs by the sea breeze.
The local church of St. Mary's was originally a Norman watch tower and built in 1170 with the church added later at around 1230 and it is well worth a visit. There is usually a family service at 11am on a Sunday. It also happens to be where we were married, so lots of ancient history!
Walking distance from the cottage you will find Baird's Farm Shop, who stock pretty much everything you may need during your stay in the area. Aside from the usual household and store cupboard items, they have a superb butchery, mostly locally sourced fresh fruit and vegetables and their own in-house bakery with a wonderful variety of homemade breads and cakes.
Also, a short walk away, you will find the Oyster Catcher public house which has free WiFi.
Climping is close to the delightful Cathedral town of Arundel, only 20 minutes away from the Roman City of Chichester and walking distance from the river Arun. For more details of places to see and events around the area click here
Village Hall - Clymping village was lucky to be gifted the village hall
by the Moyne family in 1936. Set within its own playing fields, it plays
host to many sporting, social, community and private events and celebrations.
If you would like to organise a children's party or family celebration
whilst you are here, it is an excellent venue and great value.