The best place for crabbing in West Sussex. Without a doubt, we have found the best place for crabbing in West Sussex. Having visited numerous times and always had success it’s now our go-to place. We discovered Littlehampton when Monkey was about three. Initially being attracted by the Harbour Park. It’s only more recently that we have really discovered just how good it is for crabbing.

Our first ever crabbing experience was at Cromer when we visited for my 40th Birthday. Not exactly what I was really expecting to do! We have tried several other places since and had very little success. There is nothing worse than taking the kids crabbing and not catching anything!

Three different places to crab in one location

Littlehampton has a gorgeous beach but it’s the harbour wall which you want to head for. There are actually three different places to crab. Most people head to the main promenade which is right next to Harbour Park and the pedalo lake. The prom has recently undergone a refurbishment so the pathways are wide enough for you to crab and not get walked into. There is a metal railing that runs along the top which provides a perfect place to tie your line to. There are also some little shops selling ice creams.

In Harbour Park itself, there is a shop where you can buy crab buckets and nets. We actually brought ours from Amazon as they were cheap at £8.95 for two! Bait is also available however we have found that smoked bacon actually does a better job than freeze-dried mackerel. There are plenty of places to park nearby including some large pat and display carparks. If you visit on a Sunday then there is free on-street parking very close to the harbour wall.

West Beach Nature Reserve

Despite there being a reasonable amount of space we are still social distancing. So on our latest trip, we drove around to the other side – West Beach nature reserve. Which is directly opposite. You need to pay to park and two hours cost £3.60 but you can use the parking pay app, Ringo. It’s not as pretty this side but it is very quiet. It meant that the boys could run around on the stones and muddy sand without any worries.

There is no railing but there is a wall so it’s easy enough to crab. Although I remained vigilant at all times as the wall is low enough for a little person to climb on! On our last visit, we were there for about an hour and a half and caught well over thirty crabs. Some were a reasonable size too!

The third place to try crabbing

This area is tide dependant and not one we have tried ourselves yet. Although we are going to the next time we visit. Back on the harbour park side the wall gradually goes into the sea. When the tide is out it is possible to reach the wall from the beach.  Meaning even more chance to play and build castles while waiting for your catch!

Have you been crabbing? I would love to hear about your favorite places to try in the comments below.

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  1. Will Hulme

    Thanks for the tip. Found this article yesterday morning and was crabbing at Littlehampton by midday. The crabs were literally throwing themselves in the crabbing nets, so I had two very happy girls by the end of it!

  2. lynn neal

    I am sure my grandsons would enjoy crabbing, it looks lots of fun!

  3. michelle twin mum

    I was just talking about crabbing today with my girls and they really want to do it. We could easily do Littlehampton as a day trip, they would love that. I’m going to plan it for August. Thanks, Mich x

  4. Jay Aguirre

    Aww this sounds like it was such a fun activity. Looks like you all had a great time.

  5. adrian price

    never been crabbing –but it looks like good old fashioned fun


    Where I’m from North Caicos, a while island, is know for crabs. The island is green and filled with ponds and natural wells so they flourish. Crabs are actually a staple in a lot of local dishes but I don’t eat them. Some grow to be the size of soda cans to the size of cats!

  7. Marta Skeledžija

    My kids love to do that along with chaching lizards.

  8. kumamonjeng

    I love be in the nature and catching these crabs would be a great outing activities for the whole family.

  9. Lyndsey cooksey

    We did crabbing for the first time last year in Barmouth and we loved it!

  10. I’ve never done crabbing before! I would love to do that with my kids, that would be so so much fun…

  11. I’ve never been crabbing before, but I bet my kids would love to go! I have to check to see if they offer something like this near us.

  12. Cristina Petrini

    What a nice and nice idea, certainly not only for children to spend a different afternoon!

  13. Sandra Fortune

    It’s great fun grabbing I like to do this with my grandson

  14. Margaret Gallagher

    Fun fun fun – cant wait to go back again

  15. Priscilla Stubbs

    You can spends hours crabbing the children all lovevit

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