The historic fishing town of Selsey is known across the world for its crab, which is still caught daily by the fleet moored off the beach here and delivered to leading restaurants. It’s certainly something not to be missed when you visit here, with several seafood huts located on the town’s East Beach- you won’t get much fresher!
Selsey’s long shingle beaches are some of the best in the district and are popular with holiday makers, with the much-loved family caravan resort of Bunn Leisure offering direct access to the beach at West Sands. The clear waters are also popular with divers for the rich range of marine life to be seen, as well as a D-day heritage trail off the shore where various WW2 landing craft and vehicles lie.
You can explore the stories of Selsey’s history on a variety of local trails; from the town’s quirky railway carriage homes to the Blue Plaque trail marking locations of notable residents and historical events including infamous smugglers the ‘Hawkhurst Gang’. Selsey’s lifeboat station is open for visitors, where an All-Weather Shannon Class lifeboat and D-Class inshore lifeboat is housed.
There are miles of coastline to explore at Selsey, from the headland of Selsey Bill which has protected local fishermen in these tricky waters for hundreds of years to the wildlife havens of RSPB Medmerry and RSPB Pagham Harbour, both important habitats for bird life.