West Sussex

Location - Town: Southwater, nr Horsham

Location - County: West Sussex
Description/directions to location: A24, 1st roundabout after Horsham - Right turn then 1st right, 200 yds to Wildlife park on the left. Home to The Southwater Dabblers. All welcome. Club meets Fri eve and all day Sundays, ample parking.
Type: General boating lake
Size: Large lake covering several acres and is often used for swimming! Although the lake is sometimes shared with small yachts and canoeist's, there's plenty of room for model yacht racing, tug towing events etc.

Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Limited
Toilets / Shop / other facilities - please list: Children's adventure playground, parking, tea shop sit down food, toilets, disabled ones as well parking also disabled spaces. sailing and canoeing lessons, wild life reserve.
Open Public Access: yes
Local model boat club: yes
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Only restrictions are no I/C. and occasionally have to give way to scouts and guides raft racing.

Listed by John Pearson, 31/05/2005

Location - Town: Southwater
Location - County: West Sussex
Description/directions to location: southwater dabblers model boat club
southwater country park lake, cripplegate lane, southwater,west sussex,uk, off A24
Type: Other - please provide more info below
Size: Medium / Large
Depth: "Snorkel"
Shoreline access: Full access
Toilets / Shop / other facilties - please list: The toilets have facilities for baby changing.
There is also a Radar toilet with wheelchair access.
The car park is about fifty yards away from the jetty and it holds about 75 cars.
Brilliant warm cafe.

Open Public Access: Sailing on club days by arrangement - guests welcome
Local model boat club: yes
Any restrictions? (Noise, speed, etc): Restrictions on anything too fast and too noisy.
Club members only or ask permission on day, as guests are openly welcomed.
Lake sometimes shared with sailing/canoeists.
Anything else to add?:
We race 1,6,8 metres,footys, fiestas, scale yachts, barges and hold motorised steering competitions.
Very interesting,endearing club,with friendly members,rescue boat and charming commodore.
We sail on:
Sundays, with club racing/general sailing and on
Fridays,with general sailing.

Listed by: Richard Hatton 16.08.2009

Littlehampton, the Oyster Pond

County: West Sussex

Description/directions: At the far western end of the sea front where the River Arun joins the sea, surrounded by Arun Parade, Windmill Road and South Terrace.


Type: Purpose-built boat pond.

Size: Medium large, almost a circle.

Shoreline access: 100%, concrete.

Boat club: Not that I can find.

Open public access Yes.

Trevor Smith reports:

"I visited the pond with Graham Davis on 14th April 2005. Its location is adjacent to the mouth of the river. Pond water salty and we enjoyed an hour or two floating 'Stars' in the spring sunshine. Indications are that in the summer months the pond is used for children to play in hired motorboats. The pond can be traced back to AD1080 when it was connected directly to the adjacent River Arun and was an oyster bed. When the sea front was developed it was turned into an ornamental pond."

[Listed 10.04.2006]



LOST PONDS [Filled in]:

Location - Town: Bognor Regis
Location - County: West Sussex
Description/ location: This charming pond with its wobbly outline is, sadly, a 'Lost Pond'. There is a postcard of it in the postcards collection on this website, and postcards exist of it in 1938, 60, 64, 73 and 77. It was next to the junction of Argyle Road and Queensway, about 200 yards inland from the beach. However when visited in March 2005 it was under a concrete car park.

Trevor Smith [19.02.2006]




Anything to add or amend?