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Public Footpaths and Places of Interest

To see the  Definitive Footpath Map please visit the West Sussex County Council website  

Places of Interest:

1. St Mary's Church
Originally a Norman watchtower built around 1170 with the church added about 1230.
(Below: A 1930s picture of the tower)

A 1930s postcard of the Church Tower

2. The Black Horse Public House
Located in Clymping Street this is an 18th century smuggling inn.
(Below: A 1930s picture of the Inn)

A 1930s postcard of the Black Horse

3. Bailiffscourt
Now a hotel, this is also in Clymping Street and was built by Lord Moyne between the wars in historic style.  After the Norman conquest the manor of Atherington (now largely lost to the sea) was given to the Abbey of Seez in Normandy and they sent over a monk to act as bailiff.  Hence the name.  While the hotel is therefore quite modern there is a 12th century chapel of the baliff within its grounds.
(Below: A 1984 picture of Bailiffscourt)

A 1984 Postcard of Bailiffscourt

4. Clymping Beach
The beach at Clymping, although mainly privately owned, has for many years been made available for family use.  It is emphasised that as it is frequented by families an acceptable standard of dress is expected and enforced.  Local residents are very happy to see visitors enjoying themselves within these constraints.  Adjacent to the family beach is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) where uncommon and indeed, in some cases, rare specimens of flora and fauna are to be found.  The public are asked to exercise particular caution in this protected area.  Events like barbeques and parties are not welcome within the area due to the damage which could be caused. The watchwords are "Enjoyment with responsibility."
(Below: A 1932 picture of the beach)