Bracklesham Bay’s excellent bus links include the frequent services 52 and 53 between Bracklesham, East and West Wittering and Chichester. Service 52 runs clockwise through the villages, and service 53 anticlockwise. From a stop just yards from Bracklesham Grove, service 52 reaches Chichester Bus Station in around 20 minutes. Direct train services from Chichester run to Southampton, Brighton and London Victoria, reaching the capital in one and a half hours. The local network of cycle and footpaths includes a route from the east side of the development down to the beach at Medmerry Park.
A small group of shops, starting around 600 yards from Bracklesham Grove and extending for a quarter of a mile or so down to the beach, includes a convenience store and off-licence, hot food takeaways, a newsagent and general store, post office, hairdressers and water sports suppliers. There are also several restaurants in the immediate area, from fine dining at Clifford’s Cottage, a few minutes away, to the waterfront views from Billy’s on the Beach. Other nearby amenities include Bracklesham Barn, a lively community centre hosting activities that range from toddler groups and kickboxing to an acting school and monthly film nights.
The centre of East Wittering, just a mile from Bracklsham Grove, presents a comprehensive range of local shops including Co-op and Tesco Express, fishmonger’s, butcher’s and greengrocer’s shops, hardware stores, pharmacies and household goods as well as cafés, banks, hairdressers and other services. East Wittering also has a welcoming village library, a large medical centre and a dental surgery.
For pre-school childcare Ladybirds Nursery, 600 yards away, was given the highest possible rating by Ofsted. East Witterings Community Primary School is just three quarters of a mile away, and pupils moving on to Chichester High School, which has Academy status and is rated ‘Good’ by Ofsted, can travel by a bus that passes the end of Clappers Lane and stops just five minutes’ walk from Bracklesham Grove.
In addition to miles of beaches, the area’s natural attractions include the Medmerry RSPB Reserve to the east, a habitat for water voles and adders as well as a rich assortment of bird life. Chichester Harbour Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty is only two miles away, and the vast South Downs National Park is also in easy reach. For days and evenings out, the attractions of Chichester include cinemas, theatres, galleries and museums as well as a cosmopolitan choice of pubs, live music, cafés and restaurants.