1. Start your journey to Worthing Pier
Standing with your back to the main entrance for Worthing rail station, cross the road via the zebra crossing (just to your left) and then walk straight ahead passing the Grand Victorian Hotel on your left. At the crossroads with traffic lights, turn left for a few paces and then use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the right-hand pavement. Take the first right turning into Christchurch Road. Follow Christchurch Road all the way to the end, passing the Baptist Church and the Law Courts along the way. You will come to a T-junction with the A259. Turn left, use the pedestrian crossing to swap to the right-hand pavement and then take the first right turning into Portland Road.
As you draw level with Christ Church on the right, turn left into Ambrose Place. Continue to the T-junction and turn right, now entering the edge of Worthing’s main retail area. Keep ahead and at the end of the street, you will come to the junction with the road along the seafront. Cross the road (using the pedestrian crossing just to your right) and ahead you will see the buildings of Worthing Pier.
2. Worthing Pier to Beach Huts
It is worth taking a walk along the pier itself- you will find the entrance to the pier just to the right of the theatre and cafe buildings in front of you. From the end of the pier, there is a great view along the coast and on a clear day, you will have a good view of the Seven Sisters cliffs. When you have finished exploring, return back to the theatre end and turn left along the promenade, with the sea and beach to your left. You will pass The Lido on your left and then simply continue along the beautiful promenade. Much further along, you will come to the start of the beach huts on the beach edge. If you wish to shorten the walk, turn back at this point, otherwise just continue ahead.
3. Beach Huts to West Buildings
Strolling along the promenade is the most popular pastime for visitors. Just after beach hut 100, turn right to cross the pedestrian crossing which leads you to Marine Gardens.
4. Marine Gardens to West Buildings
Take time to explore Marine Gardens if you wish, which includes olive trees, rose beds, fountains, ponds, vine pergolas, a bowling green and a restaurant. When you are finished in the gardens, go back over the pedestrian crossing to reach the promenade. If you wish to extend the walk, turn right, and continue along the seafront as far as you wish. Further west, towards Goring-by-Sea you will find the Sea Lane café, a good place to enjoy a break before returning.
For the main walk, turn left and retrace your steps back towards the pier. It’s worth taking time to enjoy the beach itself along the way. The beach may be pebbles, but at low tide, you will also find a stretch of sand. As you get closer to the pier, you will pass a large square shelter at the beach edge (before The Lido). Turn left at this point, down the slope and cross over the road using the pedestrian crossing. Take the side road, West Buildings signed to Worthing market and the town centre
5. West Buildings to End
Follow the side road as it leads you inland. At the junction with Montague Street, turn right into the pedestrianised section, known as Worthing’s West End. Keep straight ahead, through all the shops and passing the Rotunda in Montague Place. Continue to the end of the road where you will reach a T-junction with South Street, which you should recognise from your outward leg.
If you want to return to the pier, turn right. If you are ready to head back to the station, turn left and retrace your steps from the outward leg. To do this, follow South Street and, just before the large chapel, turn left into Ambrose Place. At the end, with Christ Church ahead, turn right to reach the T-junction, turn left and then turn right after the Law Courts (into Christchurch Road). Follow the road to the end, turn left and then turn right at the crossroads with traffic lights. At the end of this road, you will reach the rail station where the walk began.