Paddling in January: Winter at West Wittering

West Wittering - our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

I wanted to do something different on Saturday – I had the urge to explore, to go further afield. We had an amazing day at West Wittering around this time last year, and as the forecast was for sunshine, we decided to head back to the beach. It was grey and very cold when we got there, but it wasn’t long before the sun came out and we were treated to the same intense blue skies we enjoyed on our last visit. The wind was bitter, but actually I think I needed that blast of fresh air to clear my head. It’s been ages since I’ve taken my proper camera out with us and I got very carried away. Editing them down was a challenge, so I’m sorry – this is one pic-heavy post..

West Wittering beach huts | Growing Spaces

Our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

The beach in winter | Growing Spaces

After a tentative first paddle (they’re mad, I’m telling you), we layered ourselves in blankets to have our picnic lunch. Then we did have to admit defeat and head to the beach cafe to warm up a little, although the rest of my bonkers family chose ice-creams rather than hot drinks (while I cradled a steaming hot cup of sweet, black coffee).

Beach hut blues | Growing Spaces

Joules kindly sent the twins a couple of raincoats from their Right as Rain collection. Although we didn’t actually have to weather any rain on Saturday, the jackets did a great job at keeping out the wind, and had a good dowsing in sea spray. The Jnrskipper showerproof coat is made from robust rubber fabric and the coats definitely offered more protection than the twins’ regular waterproof jackets. My only slight criticism would be the slightly limited colour choice – it would be lovely to see these jackets in some of the prints and colours from the women’s collection. Ez isn’t a fan of pink, but I know she’d adore the jacket in yellow.

Our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

Our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

Paddling in winter | Growing Spaces

Our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

Our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

Our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

Our favourite beach in winter | Growing Spaces

After our warm-up at the cafe we ventured back out for a short wander along the beach before the twins inevitably ended up in the sea once again. It was absolutely freezing, but my kids are apparently unable to go anywhere near water without wanting to get their feet wet, so in they went! We all got chased by the waves (luckily I didn’t get caught as there was no way I was taking my shoes off), shrieking and cackling with laughter. Fonz ended up getting soaked right up to his waist so it was back to the car to change into fleecy onesies (at least we came prepared) before heading home.

I think West Wittering might just have earned its place as our top winter day trip destination. Where’s your favourite?

 

 

Disclosure: Joules gave us the raincoats for the purposes of this post

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  1. February 4, 2016 / 10:21 am

    Gorgeous photos, I grew up in West Sussex and West Wittering was a favourite. I don’t get down there very often now.

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