Walking Route: Worthing Sea Front

For a simple seafront walk, look no further than a stroll down Worthing seafront and pier. The walk starts and finishes at Worthing rail station, served by trains from London Victoria, Portsmouth, and Brighton. If you are coming by car, the rail station has its own car park on Southcourt Road (BN14 7DF). As an alternative you could park at the sea front or the Teville Gate pay and display multi-storey car park on Railway Approach.

Postcode: BN11 1UA

4.5 miles – Circular – 2.5 to 3 hours – Easy Terrain

Access notes

    • The walking guide presented here is 4.5 miles in length, but as the bulk of the route is ‘there and back’ along the sea front, you can lengthen or shorten the walk to suit you.
    • The walk is almost entirely flat, with just a gentle slope or two. The paths are all surfaced and there are no gates, stiles, or steps to negotiate.
    • The road crossings are all at designated pedestrian crossing points with traffic lights. Remember that the coast can be a very blustery place in winter, so wrap up warm.

Walk Sections

Worthing Sea Front map

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.


This walking route was walked and checked at the time of writing. We have taken care to make sure all our walks are safe for walkers of a reasonable level of experience and fitness. However, like all outdoor activities, walking carries a degree of risk and we accept no responsibility for any loss or damage to personal effects, personal accident, injury or public liability whilst following this walk. We cannot be held responsible for any inaccuracies that result from changes to the routes that occur over time. Please let us know of any changes to the routes so that we can correct the information.

Walking Safety

For your safety and comfort we recommend that you take the following with you on your walk: bottled water, snacks, a waterproof jacket, waterproof/sturdy boots, a woolly hat and fleece (in winter and cold weather), a fully-charged mobile phone, a whistle, a compass and an Ordnance Survey map of the area. Check the weather forecast before you leave, carry appropriate clothing and do not set out in fog or mist as these conditions can seriously affect your ability to navigate the route. Take particular care on cliff/mountain paths where steep drops can present a particular hazard. Some routes include sections along roads – take care to avoid any traffic at these points. Around farmland take care with children and dogs, particularly around machinery and livestock. If you are walking on the coast make sure you check the tide times before you set out.