Bracklesham Bay is a coastal bay on the west side of
the Manhood Peninsula in West Sussex, England. The bay looks out onto the
English Channel and the Isle of Wight is visible from the beach, as is the Nab
Tower lighthouse and the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
This popular coastal village is well served with a
small general store, post office and various shops, restaurants and takeaways.
The seaside is just a short walk away through the village centre.
The bay is sandy and backed with shingle. The beach is
popular with windsurfers, divers, surfers (mostly longboarders given the nature
of the waves), stand up paddle surfers, kitesurfers and also fossil hunters, as
the Bracklesham Beds, a well known fossil bed, is visible at low tide. The
bedrock is London clay, and bits of the clay can be found on the sands.
The villages of Bracklesham and East Wittering are
situated in the centre of the bay and it is bordered by the town of Selsey on
the southern/eastern tip, and the village of West Wittering on the west side.
The nearest city is Chichester, which is seven miles
to the north.
In May 1944 Bracklesham Bay was one site used in
Exercise Fabius. The remains of at least one Valentine tank can be found ten