A Guide to British Naturism and Beaches across the UK
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What is Naturism Law and Nudity 3-38 South East England 39-44 North East England 45-51 North West England 52-61 East of England 62-68 Scotland 63-82 Wales 83-91 Useful Links Other Camp Site's Around UK
What is Naturism? Naturism is the practice of going without clothes. Whatever you may think about people who do such a thing, it is not shameful, embarrassing or ridiculous, in fact when the weather is hot it’s the sensible option – and great fun! It’s good for you too – the human body was not designed to be completely wrapped up in clothes and subjected to artificial heat and light sources and air conditioning 24/7. Millions of normal people have discovered how good it feels to have the sun and breeze on their skin and feel better, more relaxed, less self-conscious and de-stressed as a result. Poor body image is improved when you realise that almost no-one has a “perfect” body. Sunbathing and swimming are the most popular activities – there is nothing like an all-over tan, and swimming in the nude is bliss. Swimming costumes are among the most uncomfortable, unhealthy and pointless items of clothing there are! Naturism is also very sociable. Naturists are happy, friendly people who are pleased to have discovered such a great way of being and treat everyone with respect, and as equals. Being among contented, comfortable and like-minded people brings about a sense of mental well-being and – despite what you may think – you quickly become used to being naked among other naked people. Sounds impossible? Even the most reluctant firsttimers say how they “forgot” they were nude after only a few minutes and stopped noticing that everyone else was too. Also, simple nudity is not sexually stimulating - in naturist places you will find people doing what you see anywhere else, only without clothes. We know that newcomers can be hesitant about stripping off in front of others for the first time. Contrary to popular belief, no-one is ever forced to undress and so they can easily experience naturism first hand even if they are not sure if it is for them - and then get involved, or not, at their own pace. Many naturists discovered naturism by accident – often on holiday – and soon realised what they were missing! When the weather cools, naturists get dressed. Naturist places usually have indoor and outdoor facilities and many are open all year round. Anyone can be a naturist. Background, age, shape, race, creed and color are irrelevant and it attracts people from all walks of life. At naturist places you will see babes in arms, children and teenagers right up to the elderly. There are thousands of naturist families – some into many generations - who find that they get on better with each other as they can all enjoy something together and children brought up in naturism say how they grew up without the usual hang-ups about their bodies.
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South East England
Abbot's Cliff - Folkestone â€“ Kent
Where is it? The Warren at Abbot's Cliff is a long-established unofficial beach, midway between Folkestone and Dover. Though less popular than it once was, it is reportedly still used mostly by local naturist's
Description The beach is made up of pebbles and shingle with high chalk cliffs. It is inadvisable to sit directly under them, since cliff falls are frequent. Bathing is possible at high tide, but there may be problems with rocks at low tide. The anti nudity by-law applying to other beaches in the 'Borough of Folkestone' may not apply at The Warren, since there is a suggestion that the land in this area belongs to the railway authority - the Abbots Cliff railway tunnel runs through the chalk cliff immediately behind the beach and responsibility for the sea defences to protect this stretch from erosion seem to lie with the railways. Abbot's Cliff is shingle, can be windswept and some people might find the very high cliff "backdrop" a bit intimidating. There are occasional falls of chalk! Facilities There are no facilities on the beach, but up on the promenade there are toilets and a cafĂŠ, and car parking. The only problem here being that it is a steep cliff up and down, so I would advise to bring your own provisions
Nearby Accommodation A great place to stay is Whitecliff Bay Holiday Park, which caters for camping, motorhomes and caravans, and great facilities on the park http://www.wight-holidays.com Also take a look at Keats Farm, which also caters for camping and static caravans. http://www.keatfarm.co.uk/parks/little-satmar Visitor Reviews A much shorter walk from Samphire Hoe (toilets and tea bar available) - however, look up the tide tables - wading the gap is not recommended, there are a few wind shelters near the cliff about mid-beach. What a place - just the sound of the waves and varied bird life flying off the cliffs is wonderful, will come here again soon- Derek – Brighton We tried the walk down from the cafe at Capel. It was a lovely walk, through the woods. Coming back was a bit of a killer! You need good shoes, and be fairly fit, as it’s a steep climb back up. Good fun though! It took about 40 mins to get there and I’m sure a little longer to return, so not too bad at all. My only concern is parking at Sapphire Hoe, and walking along the beach is that it may be a bit tougher on the old feet walking some distance on shingle- Debbie – Essex Overview A bit of a mixed review here, as this is a great naturalist area, and the wildlife from the cliffs are amazing, great for bird watching. But you do have to be EXTREMLEY fit. Never would I advise anyone with less than 100% mobility to go here. The cliffs are very steep and even worse going back up. I would not advise anyone who has poor mobility or elderly persons. The cliffs are beautiful, but can be very dangerous, as cliff falls are frequent, and rock falling even more so. On a lighter note, you can find some secluded spots here, as it does get quiet busy, especially around the holidays. I would advise to double check tide time, weather and go with caution. Getting There Access is possible (except at high tide) from Samphire Hoe Country Park (pay and display car parking). If you are prepared for a one-and-a-half-mile walk or cycle ride, better access is said to be from the Folkestone Eastern Pleasure Beach along the concrete "promenade" Free on-street parking is possible near the Eastern Beach and there is a cliff-top paying car park (but this usually closes about 6pm - so check if you plan to stay late!) Samphire Hoe was constructed from the 4.9 million cubic metres of chalk dug out of the Channel Tunnel and deposited below the famous White cliffs of Dover. It is accessible by the public via single track tunnel controlled by traffic lights which crosses over the Kent Coast railway line. Visitor facilities are provided including car-parking, toilets and a cafe. Alternatively go to Google maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions
Birling Gap - Eastbourne - East Sussex
Where is it? The village of Birling Gap is situated to the south of East dean, near Eastbourne in East Sussex. Naturist's have traditionally used parts of the beach further from the access point. Description The beach is comprised of large pebbles with occasional patches of sand and backed by chalk cliffs. It is not overlooked and attracts few walkers. In the past the beach has been closed owing to cliff falls - don't sit too close! Safety and ease of swimming depends upon the state of the tide, owing to rocks which make entering and leaving the water difficult. Around high tide (when the rocks are well below the surface) or at low tide when the rocks are visible are the safest times. Even at the height of the season the naturist section of Birling Gap is relatively quiet, with a mixture of couples and singles, the predominant age group being 40-50's. Again most the beaches along this side of the coast will be very stony and pebbly, so it is strongly advised to get some sensible walking shoes, as the stones will hurt underfoot. Don’t let this put you off, as it is a beautiful secluded and private beach, and great for newbies if naturalism. Facilities Directly on the beach is a café and toilets, and an ice cream stand. Nearby Accommodation There are too many places to list here, so please go to the following link and choose what one is right for you. www.visiteastbourne.com Visitor Reviews The positive side to this beach is that that the beach allows you 30-45min walk up the coast over the pebbles to the headland, where a new bay begins. I only passed three clothed couples beach walking, and to avoid confronting them, I sat down behind a boulder and waited until they passed. I would definitely recommend Birling Gap- George – Cumberland
Overview This beach is very secluded, but does get busy during holidays. Textiles and locals alike will give you no bother. Again a great place for newbies. The beach has no chance of being overlooked, as the cliffs are so high, and you can disguise yourself underneath them, but do beware of falling rocks. Even if you sit in the middle of the beach it is still very difficult to be overlooked by anyone. The sea is a little unpredictable, as sometimes can be quite rough. Again I would recommend checking weather and tide times. As you can see from the picture above the sea does come right up to the rock, and so can be easy to get cut off, if you are not used to it.
Blackgang â€“ Isle of White
Where is it? Blackgang is a village on the south coast of the Isle of Wight. It is best known as the location of the Blackgang Chine amusement park which sits to the south of St Catherine's down. Confusingly, the naturist beach is actually called 'Rocken End' - there is no access from Blackgang itself. Description The beach is made up of tiny pebbles, which are comfortable to walk or lie on, but shelving quickly in to deep clean water. Tides can be strong and the cliffs are crumbly, so care is advised. The views along the coast are stunning, and an attraction is the natural peace. There are no facilities, so take all you need and plan to spend long enough to justify the scramble down a steep path, which is not suitable for the people with poor mobility, or elderly beach users Cliff top walks in and area, give panoramic views of the English Channel, And the South Weston Isle of Wight Coast. Black gang is also known for dinosaur fossils in the nudist Blackgang beach. Facilities There are no facilities on this remote beach, so make sure if you are spending all day to stock up on plenty of drink and food. Nearby accommodation A great place to stay is the. Valerian Sunclub is located 10 minutes up the road from the beach. They used to have naturalism weekends, but this is sometimes subject to change. So ask before you go www.valeriansunclub.com There are no visitor comments for this beach.
Overview This is a beautiful beach, although again, as you can see from the pictures, defiantly for the elderly or those with poor mobility. Extremely secluded, which is what you would want if this is your first time. Do take caution with the cliffs as they are extremely high; also as always do check tide times. All in all, this is a fantastic beach, a mission to get to, but well worth it when you do. Also local facilities are brilliant, from amusement arcades to fun fairs, restaurantâ€™s pubs and kids clubs. Getting there Directions: From the A3055, take the most easterly then turn into Niton, signposted St Catherine's Lighthouse. Follow this road through the village as it bears sharp right, then turn left into Old Blackgang Road, signed as a No through RoadÂ? . This extremely narrow road ends at Windy Gap car park (free). It is very small and fills up early on fine days. The beach cannot be seen from this point. Go through the gate at the far end of the car park and follow a well-worn path down to a stile. Over the stile, head, downhill, bearing right. The path is now less obvious and slightly overgrown in places but there are occasional splashes of white paint on the rocks and trees to guide you. The path is extremely steep at times and currently (as @ February 2012) has lengths of rope in places to help you down. Some scrambling over rocks is necessary.It can be approached from Knowles Farm, but only with great difficulty as there is no established path and it is easy to get lost and stuck. The path down from Windy Gap car park is better. It can also be approached by walking east along the beach from Whale Chine, about 1.5 miles. The whole area is subject to landslip and the path will be slippery after rain. Suitable footwear should be worn. Check locally for tide details and any currents affecting the beach. Free parking at Windy Gap Car Park Alternatively enter your postcode to obtain directions. cliff top walks in and around the area give panoramic views of the English Channel and the
Brighton (Black Rock Beach)
Where is it? Brighton is a lively town on the south east coast of the UK and as a result of its location Brighton is blessed with a warm (by UK standards) climate and plenty of sunshine. There's plenty to do in the town which is quite large and has a good selection of shops, pubs, a theatre and various other attractions including the famous Brighton Pier. Description Brighton is a very lively public beach, officially opened as a nudist beach in 1980. It is one of the most famous beaches in Britain, which is packed to the brim of people during all holidays. The beach itself is pebbled and shingled, so a sun lounger or thick mat is recommended, and also some strong beach shoes or sandals, as the pebbles can be quite hard to walk on. As you can see from the picture above, you will be overlooked here. It is by no means a private beach, well known for its naturist activities since the sixties. The nudist section of the beach is signposted. Not sure if this is a great idea or not, because it does attract attention from voyeurs, so I would not recommended this beach for first time naturist's There is a lot of gawping from tourists, and a lot of textiles wandering through the naturist area to look, which is very intimidating for some. Having said that the die hard Naturist will not be put off by this, as every year there are more and more naturist's coming here. Facilities There are many facilities directly on the beach, from ice cream stands, burger stand and toilets. Of course you will have to be dressed to use these facilities. Beyond the beach is everything you could want in a holiday or day out. Plenty of restaurants, amusement arcades, the famous Brighton pier, and the list is endless. Nearby Accommodation Brighton is made up with mainly Bed and Breakfasts and Hotels. The nearest campsite to be found is at least twenty minutes away in the car and approx. 12 miles. If you want to stay right in the heart of Brighton, then the above said will be your only choice, but I have found a great website that lists all the camp-sites nearest to Brighton at the following link. www.pitchup.com
Visitor Reviews "Brighton naturist beach was my very first experience of naturism. I think it was in 1980, just after it opened. I was only 10 years old and went there with my Dad. I remember it being quite busy, and at that age, I was completely relaxed about being naked in public as everyone else was. Sadly, how times have changed. The atmosphere on the beach now is awful. As soon as you set foot on the beach you feel a hundred pairs of eyes watching your every move. Men masturbate openly, while on the edge of the beach a group of males scan the beach with binoculars and video cameras. This may sound like a strong comment, but many men are using the guise of naturism as an excuse to commit sex offences. I now mainly confine naturism to France, where behaviour such as this would simply not be tolerated. I would also encourage people to challenge these people and threaten them with calling the police - it is usually enough to see them off, and hopefully they may stay away forever." – Simon – Hampshire We have never felt so uncomfortable on a naturist beach. Having been on two separate occasions, once at the weekend and once on a weekday, it has the feeling of a meat market with everyone watching every one and plenty of fully clothed voyeurs... I would not recommend this beach., which is a great shame because it is clean and the water is great and fairly clear." Overview As already mentioned, this beach is defiantly for the die hard Naturist, who are not bothered by people staring and textiles wandering past, making comments. I would without a shadow of a doubt not bring children to this part of the beach, as there has been quiet a few undesirables with video cameras. The beach is not patrolled, which in my opinion it should be. The problem with this beach is the openness, and lack of privacy. A lot of textiles will come here (mainly men) on there stag do’s etc. to just look at naked females. A real shame, because Brighton is such a fantastic holiday resort, but I would not recommended this beach to anyone, especially those with children. Getting there: Brighton may be reached with ease by all main means of transport. On reaching the seafront, go to the main pier, west of the marina, then walk east to Peter Pan's playground and cross the Volk's Railway on to the beach. As you face Brighton pier, turn left and walk along the beach or road, until you come to bushes/park on your left. Directly on the right is the beach and the nudist boundary. If you walk along the road, you will have to cross over the railway line at some point at (the Volk's Railway)." The following might be of use for first time visitors. Drive towards the sea front and look out for 'To the marina' signs. Follow the signs for the Marina or drive East (Left as you face the sea) through the centre of Brighton along the sea front keeping in to the right hand traffic lane. You will see signs for the Marina Village. Take this lane and then keep to the left lane as you do. Drive into the marina area and you are faced with a 9 level multi storey car park. When coming out of the car park, head out towards Asda and climb the stairs by the car wash. The beach is then in front of you. With the marina at your back, walk west to the beach. The nudist beach is a few hundred yards from there and at the first stop of the little railway. Alternatively go to Google maps enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Botany Bay â€“ Margate
Where is it? Botany Bay is located at Kingsgate on the north-eastern tip of Kent. It offers a long sandy beach with low cliffs, sand dunes and excellent clean waters. Description Botany Bay has two beach areas. The main (southern) beach is the one favoured by most of the public and especially families. It's close to their cars, has toilet and snacks facilities and is usually manned by lifeguards in summer months. The "naturist beach" involves a short walk to the Northwest and comprises a sandy beach with a narrow strip of sand dunes backed by low chalk cliffs. Most naturist's tend to settle on the edge of (or in) the dunes. Although the dunes can be overlooked from the cliff tops and there are some walkers (often exercising dogs) along the waters edge, there are few (if any) problems about use of this part of the beach for naturism. This part of the coast provides a good view of the busy shipping lanes serving traffic from The Thames, the North Sea and the English Channel, so there's plenty to see and a pair of binoculars is a must.
Facilities The facilities on this beach are quiet in comparison to others. There are toilets on the main beach, and a kiosk selling refreshments. There is also a nice little pub called the Thorley Tavern and a restaurant on the cliff top about 150 yards from the beach.
Nearby Accommodation There are no camp-sites within walking distance to the beach; the nearest ones are approx. four miles away. Not too bad if you are driving. There are also a lot of hotels and Guest Houses Click the link below for more info. www.virtualtenby.co.uk/campsites Visitor Comments .Lovely and well worth the easy walk to it. Free local parking, and glorious sand. In the recent warm weather several people were there of all ages enjoying it. “- Tom London Been to this beach the last few days while the weathers been hot. There were hardly any nude people. So just went topless. Being overlooked by the cliff didn't make me feel good either. Much prefer somewhere like Studland with plenty of people about. Great beach though, and beautiful water. – Amy – Northampton Overview A great beach with good facilities as mention above can be very quiet, and you may well be the only Naturalist on certain days. Having said that the Naturalist area is small, and the best days to go are on the weekends or holidays when there are more Naturalists. Downside of this beach is that it is overlooked as the cliff are low, but if that doesn’t bother you, then great. The water is crystal blue and c be a bit chilly, but you get some fantastic views of The North Sea and English Channels, and the ships passing through. Highly recommend. Getting there Botany Bay is on the north-eastern-most tip of Kent. Getting there by public transport isn't particularly convenient. The nearest railway stations are Margate (3 miles away) and Broadstairs (2½ miles away), both with a poor bus service to Kingsgate. Things are much better for car drivers who can usually find plenty of free on-street parking in roads close to the access to the beach. For those approaching from London, a suggested route is the A2, A299 (Thanet Way), A28 (to the outskirts of Margate) and B2052.At Kingsgate turn off the B2052 (now George Hill Road) into Botany Road, Percy Avenue or Kingsgate Avenue and park near the far end. Access to the main beach is via two paved slipways (one with toilets). To reach the "naturist beach" from the main beach, turn left (i.e. Northwest-wards) and walk about half-a-mile. Alternatively go to Google Maps. Enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Browndown Point (Stokes Bay) â€“ Lee-On-Solent
Where is it? Browndown is adjacent to an MOD range, lying on the North shore of the Solent between Lee-on-the-Solent, to the West and Stokes Bay (Gosport) to the East. Description The beach is long and flat and looks out across the Solent towards the Isle of Wight, Yachts sometimes come close to the beach to escape the strong tides that are common around the headland. Don't be worried about the golfers, they know about the naturist area and have never caused any bother to anyone. Both these sites have been considered by the council for official recognition in the past (last time was about three years ago). Their policy is to turn a blind eye to the beaches. Both beaches are quite well used,being the better of the two. Facilities There are none on the beach on the beach - the nearest facilities are in the car park where there is a snack bar and public toilets. Again I would recommend taking your provisions. Nearby accommodation South Hants County Club is a naturist campsite; there is no direct website for this particular campsite, so please click on the link below, which will direct you it, and many more hotel and guest houses in the Area. www.virtualtenby.co.uk Also another great place to camp is Kingfisher Caravan Park, although it is for textiles only, but it has some excellent facilities and is very close to the beach. www.kingfisher-caravan-park.co.uk
Visitor Reviews I stopped for about 2 hours, during which time only one other person passed (he didn't seem embarrassed by my nudity). I went for a swim and the water seemed OK although there was a slight current along the beach (presumably the Solent tide). I Will be going back -Tina â€“ Essex After walking from the main car park for approx.15 minuets, we reached the naturist section. The beach was rather empty with only one or two couples and a few older males. We felt quite at ease as the naturist section was a good distance from the main 'textile' beach and as a result there were very few passers by. We were able to find a remote spot with ease, and before we knew it we felt comfortable enough to strip off and become naturist's for the first time. Although we were considerably younger than the other couples at no time did we feel uncomfortable by the other naturist's We even plucked up the courage to go for a swim in the sea. We weren't bothered by the small fishing and sailing boats as they kept a good enough distance from the shoreline. The only 'textile' passersby (which were very few) were walking their dogs, or genuinely walking along the shoreline, and did not appear to be 'gawking' and generally seemed to respect the naturist section Tom and Diana â€“ Southampton Overview If you have never tried naturalism before, I would highly recommend this beach. It can be slightly overlooked, but here are little places you can go, for more privacy on the beach. As already mentioned, textiles, people just passing by, are not bothered by nudity, and are actually quite friendly. The sand is soft, although pats can be a little pebbled and the sea is very warm and inviting. As always do check tide times. I would highly recommend this beach for first time users and as a stepping stone into naturalism. Getting There By car, leave the M27 at Junction 11 and follow the signs for Gosport and the A32. After a couple of miles you will approach a double roundabout. At the first roundabout be in the left hand lane to go straight over (1st exit) and then move over the right hand lane to turn right (3rd exit) following the signs for HMS SULTAN. Stay on this road, Military Road (you will pass HMS SULTAN on this road), until the next roundabout. Here go straight over (2nd exit) and again follow the road until another roundabout. Again go straight over (1st exit this time) and you will see the sea .The road sweeps round to the left and on the crown of the bend there is a turn off into a car park; park here." "You will notice a wire fence that leads down to the sea. Follow this and at the end, or through one of the many holes, turn right (if facing the sea) and start to walk away from the car park. The beach is made up of pebbles so walking can be difficult and there is definitely no access for wheelchairs. On your left you will walk past the rear of Browndown TA Camp. Keep walking until you can see a large concrete mushroom affair which marks the eastern limit of the nudist section. The western limit is marked by a high (50 feet or so) embankment. Alternatively go to Goole map, enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Camber Sands - East Sussex
Where is it? Camber Sands are situated between Rye in East Sussex and Lydd in Kent, just to the east of Rye Harbour and the Rother Estuary. Description Camber beach is a long, backed by extensive sand dunes and mostly composed of fine, soft sand. Behind the beach is the Rye Golf Club. At low tide the sand is about half a mile wide narrowing to about 50 yards at high tide. However, perhaps due to the proximity of Pontin's holiday camp, the beach itself seems to be wholly textile - only the dunes at the western end (nearest Rye Harbour and the golf links) are said to be used for naturism. The further west you go towards Rye channel (Rother estuary) the more likely you are to find suitable spots - easier to find a suitably secluded spot during the week, when you may find naturist's among the dunes. "The Western end is very quiet. with secluded spots & pathways in the bushes & dunes, between the beach & the Golf Club. (But not visible from the Golf Course OR the Beach) It comes to an end at the outlet of the River Rother There are occasional problems when naturist's "flaunt" themselves on the brow of the Dunes or on the beach itself, Purposely in full view of walkers etc. on the beach Bathing at this location can be hazardous. The presence of the Rother Estuary can create dangerous currents; bathers can, and have been, swept out to sea. Also, if you venture onto the estuary mudflats, quicksand is also hazard and you may be cut off by an incoming tide. Facilities The car park to the beach has a shop selling beach articles, drinks and ice creams. Nearby Accommodation Apart from the commercial Holiday parks at Camber Sands. There some really good camp-sites in and around the area go to www.park-resorts.com/holiday-parks/kent
Visitor reviews Came down with my other half on Sunday, found a sheltered spot and had a good day. She was a bit nervous to start but everything soon came off and she enjoyed it. Nice talking to new people as well. Recommend it!" â€“ Tim - Oxfordshire Having visited this beach many times, the estuary is more remote. It was relaxing stress-free environment. naturist's are returning here despite a sign saying 'this is NOT a naturist beach' - but if you are discreet there is no problem. Overview This is one of the most beautiful beaches in the South East. When the tide goes out,, it goes out very far, almost half a mile to get to the shore line, which leaves soft silky sand underfoot. There have been a lot of complaints on this beach mainly because some of the naturist's have been known to just walk through the textile area, which is inappropriate. The beach is patrolled, and the police will make you leave and ban you from it if you go against the beach rules. So common sense and also respect for textiles is a must. Getting there Camber can be reached by road via the A259 Hastings to Romney road, turning off at Rye. There is a large car park as you approach from the direction of Rye along Lydd Road, just after passing the golf club. From the car park two paths lead to the beach, the westernmost being the more direct. By public transport, Rye can be reached by train, then taking the number 711 bus (approx. every 30 minutes Mon-Fri daytime) Get off at Camber Post Office and walk down lanes opposite Pontin's to reach Old Lydd Road. From here walk onto the beach near the tea huts and amusements. Turning right (westwards) the section of the beach used by naturist's is about 1km away. Alternatively go to Google Maps and enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Calshot â€“ Hampshire
Where is it? Calshot beach is a one-mile long shingle bank located on the southern end of Southampton Water. The beach has panoramic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight and is ideally situated to watch the ships leave Southampton Water. Description Much of the beach is pebbles, but some sand appears at low tide. At high tide there can be very little beach exposed between sea and cliff/vegetation - so check tide tables. The top of the beach has a relatively steep slope, but at low tide the slope is very slight - you may need to wade out some way to get to swimming depth. The beach is backed by trees and obtained here scrubs so some obscurity can obtained here. There are great views of the Isle of Wight, sailing boats and the occasional cruise liner. Reports suggest that the beach is often quiet mid-week, becoming more popular at weekends. Facilities There are some good facilities at this beach. The facilities are at the entrance to the beach, there is a small cafe selling ice creams, teas, burgers, chips etc., and the toilets are in the car park also by the entrance. Nearby Accommodation For camping go to the following link. www.virtualtenby.co.uk/campsites.asp?in=Calshot For Bed and Breakfasts, hotels and guest houses, go to the following link and enter the town Colshot Hampshire. www.picturesofengland.com
Visitor Reviews There's currently a 'no naturist' sign as you enter the beach from the textile side of the beach but no-one seems to be put off by it. If you go down to the naturist areas do cover up if in any doubt. But I've not had to do so so yet and it's usually delightfully quiet. â€“ Lisa Sussex What a lovely view of the Isle of Wight and plenty of boats on the Solent. The beach offers plenty of privacy from the textiles with no passing 'traffic'. The shingle is a little uncomfortable, so I would advise taking something padded to sit on - there is some sand when the tide is out. A very peaceful location and highly recommended - Nathan â€“ Exeter Overview A nice secluded beach, although from some points it can be overlooked, but is mainly the textile end. The water is not as clear as some beached, and you do need plastic sandals to cope with the stones. There are some great views of Isle Of Wight. The shingle is a little uncomfortable, so you would need to take something padded to sit on, and some beach shoes to walk on. This is a very peaceful location, but this area belongs to the nearby Estate and naturist's should refrain from trespassing on private property for the sake of the tolerated use of the beach. Getting there Take the M27 west of Southampton at Junction 2, turn south onto the A326 to Marchwood, Hythe and Fawley. At Fawley bear right onto the B3053 to Calshot. As you approach the beach, there is a paying car park on the right but if you continue past this and turn right into a short one way system, it is usually possible to park along the road, free of charge. By the cafe, there is a gap in the beach huts allowing access to the beach. Walk the full length of the beach in a south-westerly direction, probably no more than half a mile, towards the Isle of Wight in the distance. The naturist section starts around the first of the groins. This is past a very elaborate mock-Grecian boathouse and the enormous beach gates to a cliff top house called Nelson's Rest. DO NOT venture beyond the large fence across the beach, this is a nature reserve. Alternatively go to Google Maps and enter you postcode top obtain directions
Church Norton near Chichester
Where is it? Church Norton beach is six miles south of Chichester in the Pagham Harbour Nature Reserve. Description This south east facing beach is a huge shingle bank, backed by a large flat shingle area upon which rare birds nest. At low tide an area of flat muddy sand is exposed. On the top of the stony bank there are loads and loads of shells - almost more in number than the stones. It is a bit exposed so expect a slight breeze even on a still day. The beach is nearly a mile and a half long and perhaps because the car park is so small it does not get crowded. During 2010 there were reports of "no naturism" signs being displayed in and around the car park area. The reason for these signs and their status is unclear. Probably not a good place to swim - the harbour has a fairly savage tidal inflow / outflow and you could be very easily get swept away. Excellent bird watching opportunities - at some times of the year â€“ In June some of the beach is roped off as itâ€™s a bird breeding area. Facilities There are none on the beach, so make sure you bring all your provisions with you.
Visitor Reviews My wife and I have visited this beach on and off for a couple of years now and found it near perfect. However, during our last trip signs appeared at the car park and around the beach announcing that this beach is not a 'Nudist beach'. One of the wardens from the nearby nature reserve was even wandering around asking those who chose to sunbath without swimming costumes to cover up, we wont be coming back which is a shame because it is a nice beach- Harry â€“Maidenhead I visited this beach for the first time earlier this year. Great for first time nudists as it's so quiet. A few dog walkers and fishermen walked by and one woman even said hello, not phased at all by me being nude. It was a bit breezy, but once l was laid down it was hardly noticeable. Would recommend for sun-worshippers and first time nudistsâ€™ â€“ Adam Southampton. Overview A nice beach, very shingled, advice would be to use sandals. This is a nature reserve also, and some parts of the beach does get shut off during breeding season for the birds. Outside of that, a great place for bird watching, some very rare birds have been reported here. As mentioned above, this is a very quiet beach, and is a great for first time nudists. Getting There Chichester can be reached via the A29 from London, or the A27 from along the coast. From the A27 (Chichester Bypass) take the B2145 signposted for Selsey. One and three quarter miles after Sidlesham turn left for Church Norton. Three quarters of a mile down the narrow lane - go *all* the way down. At the very end is a small free car park - note the side next to the church is for churchgoers only . Walk down the track beside the Norman earthwork and you will find yourself on the edge of Pagham Nature Reserve .Walk along the edge of the harbour high tide mark to your right - all the way to the main beach. The gravel path will then deliver you roughly to the middle of the beach. Turn left along the beach and the [undefined] naturist areas starts, say, after about 100 yards or two groynes. All being well, you are now on the sea side of the bank, with some stunning views across the bay to Bognor Regis and Littlehampton When you come to leave the beach you'll discover that the exit/entry point is unmarked and easy to walk straight past. But if you're roughly in the right place you'll see a very small yellow sign at the back of the flat area behind the beach - head for that. But make a mental note when you arrive! Alternatively go to Google Maps enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Eastney Beach - Portsmouth â€“ Hampshire
Where is it? This beach (also known as 'Fraser Beach') is situated at the Eastney end of Portsmouth and South Sea seafront. The local council are aware of its tradition of nude use and have erected appropriate signs. One reporter says: 'It's my contention that Eastney is the easiest-access naturist beach in southern England, and no one has challenged this yet.' In recent years the issue of public access to the beach has been the subject of a dispute associated with the proposed development of nearby former Ministry of Defence land. Description Although not, perhaps, the best part of a shingle beach, Eastney is described as being 'well sheltered' and offering 'pleasant sunbathing' in 2001 notices were erected near the eastern end of the beach. Topped by the City coat of arms, that state "The beach beyond this point is used by nudists." Nearby Accommodation A few minutes from the sea and other attractions is Sunnydale Farm, which caters for tents motor-homes as well as camper-vans. http://www.sunnydalefarm.co.uk Also try Fleet Farm, go to http://www.haylingcampsites.co.uk and click Fleet Farm link. Visitor Reviews I've been an occasional user of Eastney over the years and like it as it's the closest naturist beach to our home in Guildford. I went there this week, on Monday 28th June on a beautiful, cloudless day, about 27C. Beach was as it ever was - no security, just lots of singles/couples as usual. â€“ James Middlesex Went there today for the first time - possibly the busiest naturist beach I've been to. No wandering around wondering if you're in the right spot - today there were people sunbathing naked right up to where the path comes onto the beach. Turn left off the path and you're among them. The clothed folks to the right of the path didn't seem to have any objection. Daniel- Kent
Overview As already mentioned quite a shingled beach, but the positive side of this beach is that it is very well sheltered and secluded. Never know to have any problems and textiles are fine with the naturist. I would highly recommend this beach. Getting There Portsmouth is easily reached by means of the M27/A27 and by public transport. Eastney is on the south-easy tip of Portsea Island. Take the A2030 from the A27 towards South sea; turn left at the football club roundabout and left again just before Eastney swimming pool .There is a car park at the junction of Fort Cumberland Rd and Melville Rd. A path on the right of the entrance to the former Defence Research Establishment leads to the beach. On reaching the beach turn left and you reach the nude section within only 100 yards. By public transport, take the train to Portsmouth and South sea, then by bus to Eastney th The stop is Eastney barracks,(I think) if not, ask for the "radar station" - they'll know where you mean. Take the number 40 First National bus from Waterloo or Cosham, direct to the sea front, then a short walk, will take you to the beach." Enter your postcode to Alternative go to Google Maps obtain directions
Fairlight Glen - Hastings - East Sussex
Where is it? The naturist beach at Fairlight Glen lies on the coast between Hastings (about two miles to the west) and the delightful town of Rye to the east. In fact, the beach is in Covehurst Bay, at the bottom of Fairlight Glen. (Fairlight Cove is a seaside village a two miles to the east.). Naturist use of this beach was first recognised by the local council in 1978, although it had been in use for many years prior to that. It enjoyed ‘Official’ Status by the Council until 1999 when it was reclassified as ‘unofficial’ for reasons unknown.
Over the past few years there have been problems with access to this beach as a result of cliff erosion. For safety reasons Hastings Council declared the cliff access path "closed" and fenced off the surrounding area. Despite this, people continued to go down to the beach and it has been reported that it is possible to use the path, but strictly "AT YOUR OWN RISK". As far as can be determined, Hastings Council have no plans to improve the access and have, it is reported, removed some "repairs" made unofficially by beach users in case they encourage people to use the path. Beach users have made their views known to the Council with regard to how much they value safe access to the beach and it seems that the remaining steps will be left in place unless a further collapse leaves the path in a more dangerous condition. On the Country Park noticeboard (at the beginning of the path to the beach) signs have been placed stating: Due to recent and on-going cliff falls access to the beach is currently CLOSED. Should you choose to make your own way down to the beach you do so. AT YOUR OWN RISKThe Country Park staff would advise members of the public not to use this access"
Leysdown - Isle of Sheppey â€“ Kent
Where is it? This 'official' naturist beach is located near Leysdown-on-Sea at the eastern end of the Isle of Sheppey on the north Kent coast. The beach is half a mile south-east of the main beach at Leysdown near to the place identified on maps as 'Shell Ness' and the beach is also known as Shellness This beach is a mixture of sand, shingle, shells and - in places â€“ mud. A recent described it as 'small (fairly) clean sandyish beach, over some dunes'. The scenery is typical of the Thames estuary - there are good views of Whitstable and of shipping in the Thames. At low tide the sea can be a long way out. Beach walkers on their way to Shell Ness may pass the beach but there are no reported problems. 'Free Sun' reported that the beach was sometimes used by '750 bods' - more recent reports suggest regular use by 20-30 naturist's, with up to 100 at busy weekends. Visitor reports suggest that there may be problems with inappropriate activity at this beach. Facilities There are no facilities on the beach, the nearest would be in Leysdown, so taking your own provisions is advisable. Nearby Accommodation Go to the following link to find some great caravan and touring parks. http://www.parkholidays.com/caravan-camping-sites-tent-campsites Visitor Reviews I went there this past weekend, and it wasn't as busy as I thought. It was still awkward to get some room but managed it OK. The people there seemed to view me as a pervert, as I only stayed about an hour 1/2 as it was so warm. Overall it seemed fine but there were the usual few guys who just walked up and down have a nose about. This beach should be a bit longer as everyone seems crammed in and it is nice to have a bit of space. Scott- London We went as a mixed couple in June .There were probably 4 couples in their 40s (all nude) and 3 couples in their 20s (my partner being the only nude female, the other two was wearing their bikinis. Within minutes there were some twenty blokes "camping" all around us, most of them were hiding in their little "fortresses" made from wind breakers, most of them masturbating. A lot of guys just walk around in circles from couple to couple staring
like they never seen a naked female before. They started by passing us at two meter distance and half hour later they were almost walking over us! The minute we stood up to go for a swim everyone followed. We didn’t enjoy ourselves at all ,wedidn’t relax at all. It is a lovely beach but full of middle aged perverts!! Oh by the way most of the perverts there have binoculars so don’t think that by walking right to the far end you will escape their prying eyes. We have been to this beach number of times over the years always hoping that it was just one off bad experience but it gets worse each time! – Michael – Kent Overview A mixed review of this beach as you can see from above, I myself would not recommend anybody who is a true naturist to go here, sadly over the years the inappropriate sexual behaviour has got worse, which is a shame. The beach is mainly mud, and the sand is like quicksand, I read somewhere, that someone got stuck in the sand up to their waist. So I would defiantly not recommend this beach to anyone. If you do go, then go with caution. Getting There The Isle of Sheppey is reached via the A249 road from the A2 or junction 5 of the M2 near Sittingbourne. Follow signposts for Sheerness. Once over the Swale channel turn right on to the B2231 for to Leysdown-on-Sea. Arriving at Leysdown, follow the road through the town and along the beach, for about one mile. The road veers away from the beach a bit then comes to a T-junction, opposite the entrance to a caravan park. You follow the road (Shellness Road) round to the left and the road ( in reality an unmade track) steadily deteriorates. When you reach a gateway you can either park or carry on along the track to a parking area which is directly behind the naturist beach (just past some cottages) Park at Mile End Wall, where the road meets the seawall. Walk south eastwards past some old wooden holiday chalets. The Shellness free beach starts one hundred metres from the chalets. Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions
Meon - near Lee on Solent, Hampshire
Where is it? Meon Shore" beach is a quiet stretch of coastline on the Solent, near Fareham in Hampshire. naturist's have long been known to use parts of the beach. Description The beach is mainly shingle with the occasional patch of sand. The best swimming is at high tide as the beach then slopes reasonably, so you can fairly quickly get to a reasonable depth. At low tide, it is flat sand, and after 200 yards it gets to your knees. On the other side of Southampton Water, it's a great place to watch the various boats going by - from small dinghies to huge cruise liners. The beach gets many walkers and a few horse riders but no-one seems to mind sensible sunbathing or swimming. There is a footpath above the beach, along the top of the cliffs. Though it is generally behind bushes, where there are gaps, the beach is overlooked and you do get the odd gawper Facilities There are no facilities at this beach, so do make sure you take all your own provisions with you. . Nearby Accommodation The Kingfisher Caravan Park is a great park that caters for pitch ups, motor-homes and camper-vans Free water usage including showers and toilets. http://www.kingfisher-caravan-park.co.uk/Tourist_info/gosport.php Visitor Reviews We came her a month ago really hot but not that busy, a handful of single guys and an older couple. Getting there here early is crucial so you can select your spot if you don’t want to be overlooked from the cliffs. Chatted to a couple of guys and had a very relaxing afternoon, a number of walkers passed but no bother. We will be returning soon. – Anonymous I went to Meon a couple of weeks ago when it was very sunny, went past chalets, and stripped off. There were no other naturist's there at walkers and a couple of horse riders passed by all greeted me with a did not seem at all bothered that I was naked. Had a good day recommend it. - Shelly – Swindon
a discrete distance that time but a few good morning, and on the beach and
Overview A lovely beach, although much of it is not secluded, so you do have to get there early to find a secluded spot, as mentioned above. The beach is mainly shingled, so sandals are advisable. There are some lovely sunsets here too, and seeing all the huge Cruise Liners as they leave Southampton is very eye-catching. Lovely beach, would recommend, but would not recommend for first timers as it is overlooked. Getting There There is little information on directions, so I advise to go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Sandwich Bay â€“ Kent
Where is it? Sandwich Bay is situated on the Eastern coast of Kent, about five miles south of Ramsgate. Parts of the beach are frequented by naturist's despite some problems in the past with 'unfriendly natives' at the nearby golf club. Description The whole beach is a long sandy bay. At the Southern end there is steep stone beach which protects a private estate. As you go North and the sand takes over there is a popular family (textile) beach also popular with windsurfers. Going still further North, the road ends and the thin line of dunes starts. Adjoining the whole beach is a golf course and the Members aren't too keen on naturist's Sand dunes and beach looking southwards. This area favoured by naturist's is a one-mile walk from the Bay's public car parking area. As the dunes start so the beach seems to become less 'textile' and the further north you go the more naked couples you will find. The line of dunes doesn't afford much in the way of privacy from the footpath but most people don't seem to be too worried. When the tide is out there is a massive sandy beach to stroll along and the beach is said to be well-used despite the cost of access by car and the long walk from the car park to the nude section. Parts of Sandwich bay are owned by the National Trust and access to some areas may be restricted to protect breeding birds. Reports suggest that estate security guards are always on the lookout for "flashers" and WILL call in the police. Also, local residents are trying to prevent naturist use of the beach, so BEWARE. To avoid trouble you should walk a long way past the car park - nearly to end of the beach - and keep out of sight of the golf course. Nearby Accommodation A great place to stay is Sandwich Leisure Park , this site caters for tents, camper-vans, motor-homes or you can hire out a chalet. There are fantastic facilities on this park. Great for families. http://www.sandwich-leisurepark.co.uk/caravans_camping.htm
Visitor Reviews I bumped into a few couples and single males and we had a chat and the golf club was not hostile. Highly recommended – Wendy – Brighton Recent visits to this beach throughout last summer suggest there is not a problem with the local golfers, provided one doesn't wander inland towards the golf course. The beach is actually out of sight of playing golfers, behind dunes & long grasses. In practice, a great time can be had by all on the beach from a point roughly adjacent to the club house northwards for several hundred metres. My wife and I joined several nude couples and families sunbathing, playing on the beach and swimming, and will definitely return. The cost of access and parking the car all day is little different from any other public car park and is well worth it. Although this is an unofficial site, take some comfort from the fact that the local police are not interested in genuine naturist's – Martin-Cambs Overview There is not a lot of negative things I can say about this beach, apart from the fact that is overlooked, in some parts, but this is a large beach one can find a secluded spot. The Golf Club are very negative towards naturist's, but having said that, if you say far enough away from them, they will not bother you. A beautiful beach with lovely clear sea. I would highly recommend. Getting There Access to the beach is complicated by the presence of a 'Private Estate' which levies a toll for use of the roads to the beach and the golf course(s). From Ramsgate to the north take the A256 to Sandwich. The A256 bypasses Sandwich itself - which has "a notorious one-way system" - so turn off to reach the town. From the near the town railway station, take St. Georges Road to the Private Estate, past a turning to Sir Roger Manwood's school. Follow the bends and pay at the toll booth (£4 per day, season ticket £42 for 2000) then turn left and left again. At the seafront drive to the end of the road. Park at the end, collect your gear and prepare to hike for about 15 minutes northwards. From Deal, take a minor road north (parallel to the coast) that becomes a single track across a golf course. This brings you to the same Private Estate and but a different toll booth. Having paid the toll, turn right then left along the seafront. Look out for 'Golf Road' and signs to a caravan park. One contributor suggests: "To avoid the tolls, as you are heading south from Sandwich you will see a road to your left which leads to a golf club, just as you go over a little bridge the road follows a drainage channel - follow that road but bear left and keep going until you come to a farm where you can park. There is a footpath indicated which takes you across the golf course but straight to the nudist section of the beach....don’t strip off on the golf course.. The natives are hostile!! Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions
Long Rock Beach - Swalecliffe Kent
Where is it Long Rock beach on the north coast of Kent is situated mid-way between Whitstable and Herne Bay. At one time its use by naturist's was officially recognised by Canterbury City Council, but there are now signs either end of the beach stating "Naturism is not condoned on this beach" The change in status is said to have been the result of the activities of a few people who gave offence to walkers passing on the footpath - part of the 'Saxon Shore Way' - at the rear of the beach. Description The beach itself isn't the most picturesque, consisting of pebbles with sand and exposed mud at low tide. It also tends to be windy with no natural shelter, so windbreaks are useful. The tide goes out quite a long way as the beach is quite gently sloping, There is also a nearby sewage works which "can smell quite unpleasant on occasion if the wind is from the South West. On the plus side it is easy to get to with no climbing or marathon walking involved, there are views of shipping in the Thames Estuary, the Isle of Sheppey (Leysdown is usually visible) and the remains of WW2 gun emplacements off the coast. Despite the change of status and council disapproval the beach continues to be used by a number of naturist's: Facilities There are no facilities in the beach, apart from toilets and a small tea hut. So take provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation There are many campsites and holiday parks around Kent , I have listed the two with the best reviews. Check out park holidays, which caters for camping as well as caravans. http://www.parkholidays.com/caravan-camping-sites-tent-campsites Also try Sea view Caravan and Touring Park http://www.haven.com/touring-camping
Visitor Reviews I visited Long Rock last year and found a few men who had dug out the shingle to lay in. One chap was very pleasant and helpful and told me about discretion and a good place to settle but another came over soon after and was very nasty saying they did not want "intruders" there. I just wanted a quiet place with my book and to enjoy a bit of sunshine for an hour or so but felt intimidated and left. I guess if more people use this, rather like Botany Bay, it will keep it established for future use by like minded folk. I do intend to visit again." Norman _ Bedfordshire The "Naturism is not condoned" signs have gone, as have the kite boarders. The beach has grown significantly over the last 2 years with 2 new ridges of shingle spits having been deposited by the sea, affording more protection from the wind. The beach is still in use, mainly by the same few. No unpleasant smells from the sewage works in recent years." Jack â€“ Norfolk Overview A popular beach, but as already stated, not the most comfortable on foot as it is very shingled and stony. Although not an official beach, it other from is popular and there is hardly any bother from the locals. I would recommend this beach. Getting There Travelling by car, Swalecliffe can be reached by way of the A2990, from junction 7 of the M2. Turn off at the Chestfield roundabout. and pass under the railway, then immediately turn to the right into St John's Road. Car parking (Plough Lane) is fairly limited, but there is more space behind the beach huts in Marine Parade towards Tankerton (west of Swalecliffe and about 1 mile from the beach). The "Naturism is not condoned" signs have gone, as have the kite boarders. The beach has grown significantly over the last 2 years with 2 new ridges of shingle spits having been deposited by the sea, affording more protection from the wind. The beach is still in use, mainly by the same few. No unpleasant smells from the sewage works in recent years." The nearest railway station is Chestfield and Swalecliffe about 1/2 mile inland. Turn right outside the station, cross the road at the mini roundabout, turning left then right into St Johns Rd. At the of the road follow the footpath in either direction to arrive at the signs [mentioned above] which designate the "not condoned" beach. Buses stop at the Plough Inn (1/4 mile along Plough lane where it meets the roundabout with St Johns Rd, then follow the directions given above along the footpath.) Either way involves about a 5 minute walk, but if the tide is in one has to walk the entire length of the beach on the footpath south of the stream which divides the beach from the mainland and cross the wooden bridge which leads to the beach if coming from the Tankerton end. This is necessary for about an hour either side of high tide. Sometimes it is possible to cross the stream at the Tankerton end by paddling, but the council dredge this once a year and it effectively cuts the beach off at that end at high tide for a few months until the sea silts it up again. Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Norman's Bay - near Bexhill â€“ Sussex
Where is it? This unofficial beach is situated between the Cooden Beach end of Bexhill and the seaside village of Normans Bay and is reported to have been in use by naturist's for more than 30 years. Description The beach side of this bank is pebbles at the top, with shingle and sand at low tide. At very low tide there is a large expanse of sand, too flat to allow swimming. The other side of the pebble bank has the local railway after a grassy bank and field. The naturist section of this beach is very quiet, with virtually no textile usage. Visitors include the usual single males, straight couples and families. Due to the flat countryside it can probably get rather windy so a lot of people bring wind-breaks. There are no dunes to hide in so there can not be much in the way of problems with gawpers. Facilities None to speak of. Close to the caravan site car park in Normans Bay there is a well maintained toilet block, though parking is difficult there, So take provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation Normans Bay Caravan site is a stones through away from the beach. It caters for tents ,motor homes ,tourers. www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk Another great place to stay is Cobbshill Farm also caters for tents tourers, and campervans http://www.cobbshillfarm.co.uk
Visitors Reviews Last weekend I had my first visit of the year to Normans Bay. It was still pretty quiet, and with the tide a long way tide out, not that enticing to wander into the sea au natural, especially with a fisherman there. All the same, a few brave souls were out; I just think it is better on weekdays, when the place is more deserted – Robert – East Riding. I've been going to Norman's Bay nudist beach for a few years now and find it a lovely atmosphere. It's relatively popular on warm weekends with between a dozen and 40-50 people - depending on the sunshine - spread over 300-400 yards of clean shingle beach (mostly single males and couples), but one can always find a quiet spot and the sea is clean for those who enjoy swimming. The atmosphere is friendly and relaxed and when the sand is exposed it's lovely to walk paddling along the shoreline, though it's advisable to bring wind-shield canvases to minimise breezes and maximise the heat when sunbathing." Harvey – Romford Overview A nice sandy beach, which is usually quiet during the week, but quiet busy at weekends as stated there are no dunes, good in one way as the visitor states- no gawpers, but in another way there is no where to be secluded, but you can easily find a quiet spot. The beach is shingled, but when the tide is out it leaves lovely soft sand. I would recommend this beach. Getting There From the east: From the Cooden Beach Hotel take the minor road to Pevensey. This initially follows the sea front behind beach huts etc. When the road bears right and goes over a level crossing there is roadside parking for a dozen or so cars. Cross the road to the beach and turn right. The naturist bit, unsigned, starts after a couple of groynes. Access from the west (Coast Rd.) through the caravan site involves use of a private road and there have been reports of problems, so this route is probably best avoided. Access by rail: Normans Bay railway station is about half a mile on level ground. Cooden Beach railway station is about a mile on level ground. These are on the line from Eastbourne to Hastings. Remarkably Normans Bay has one train per hour, and Cooden Beach two trains per hour. Update Train service to Normans Bay is now limited to once every 2 hours (Mon - Sat) and no service at all on Sunday. However the is "still a good service to Cooden Beach".
Selsey (West Beach) - West Sussex
Where is it? The unofficial naturist beach at Selsey lies beyond the large West Sands Caravan Park, in the 'no man's land' between Selsey and Bracklesham. Description The south west facing beach is backed by a substantial shingle and grit bank which prevents the sea sweeping inland. At high tide the beach is reduced to this steep bank, at mid tide pebble strewn coarse sand appears and at low tide there's also an expanse of flat but wet sand. Its two miles along the beach to Bracklesham so there is plenty of space, but the beach is overlooked from the bank. Making the trek to the middle will limit the passing traffic to the more energetic walkers and occasional mountain biker. The atmosphere is bracing as Selsey Bill protrudes well out into the Channel. The groynes afford some protection, but a windbreak would be an asset on all but calm, warm days. Facilities None on the beach itself but the caravan park has everything you might need, and a lot you could well do without: funfair, leisure centre, sauna centre - and caravans, thousands of caravans. But you can get more than far enough away from them. Nearby Accommodation A 5 star campsite with brilliant entertainment, just minutes from the beach. http://www.bunnleisure.co.uk/accommodation/camping.aspx Also try Northcommon Farm http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=8645 Visitor Reviews I went to Selsey West Beach today - twice. In the morning, despite the chilly wind left the beach deserted - not even a textile in sight. In the afternoon it was slightly warmer but apart from one brave windsurfer (textile), again deserted. With the tide half way out there is some sand, and more sand the further along you go. Not too sure I would come again. _ Adrian – Kent Monday morning. Hot day, so went to the beach full of expectation. But only one person on the whole expanse of naturist beach: half way along, male in posing pouch who had cycled there. Further along and with no-one in sight I had a quick naked dip wouldn’t go again too deserted for me. – Anthony – West Sussex
Overview A bit of a mixed bag of reviews for this beach, on the positive side, it is very quiet, and most of the time you will be the only one, but if you prefer that then great, On a negative the beach is overlooked from the bay area, to walk to the more secluded spot is quite a hike, and I would advise strong walkers, and those with good mobility to go there. Getting There From the A27 (Chichester Bypass) take the B2145 south to Selsey - it's about 7 miles. Drive straight through the town ignoring the East Beach sign and continuing through two sets of lights. Take the right turn for West Sands Caravan Park then follow the signs for the caravan park. Pass the windmill and continue through the caravans (about a mile of them!) to the end of the road where there is free parking. Turn right along the beach and the unmarked naturist area starts after a few groynes. Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions.
North East England
Druridge Bay â€“ Northumberland
Where is it? This is one of the most northerly, East Coast beaches in England. Druridge bay is long wide bay stretching from Amble in the north to Cresswell in the south. The naturist section is sandwiched between the Northumberland Coast Country Park and the National Trust section near the village of Druridge, in the centre of the bay. Description A delightful spot for naturist's. A shallow, therefore wide at low tide, sandy beach with dunes behind clean golden sand and unpolluted, but chilly, sea. It is near an area of population, so overlooking may be possible. The beach is private land however and Mr Derek Denny, the landowner was assured that naturist's could use the section from the Chevington burn south to the mid point between the Chevington burn and the National Trust area as a naturist beach, but he did not want it made an official beach. Please stay within this area and DO NOT cross over the Chevington burn naked into the Country Park. There are often a number of unaccompanied males gathered near the Chevington burn end of the beach. Facilities None at all - Bring everything you will need, leave nothing behind when you leave. Nearby Accommodation There are plenty of places to stay in Dunridge check out Springhill Farm and Beadenell Bay Caravan and Camping site www.springhill-farm.co.uk www.campingandcaravanningclub.co.uk Visitor Reviews There are no reviews for this beach
Overview A Great place for first time nudists, although it is not secluded and you will be over looked, the reason I believe it is good for first timers is that people are friendly and will say hello, there are lots of dog walkers on the beach , and they will stop and talk to you. A great soft sandy beach and a great day out, but do bring your own provisions as there are no facilities nearby. Getting there, Weather you are travelling north or south on the A1068, turn east on to the minor road at Widdrington towards Duridge. At the point where this road takes a sharp right, down the coast, turn left into the National Trust Car Park. Go as far as you can north and park. You can go onto the beach here and walk north until you see the Chevington burn crossing the beach, or go through the gate and follow the path, bearing left until you come to another gate leading on to a tarmac road (The old coal road). Follow this road north until you come to a gate. Take the gate into the field on your right (beware of cows) and follow fence on left. You will need to cross this fence at a low and proceed along the burn to the beach Alternatively enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Ross Back Sands â€“ Northumberland
Where is it? One of the most northerly east coast beaches in England, Ross Back Sands are located near Bamburgh and a little to the south of Holy Island, with views toward the Farne Islands just offshore. Parts of the beach are used by naturist's Description A long sandy beach with dunes behind and said to be "surprisingly deserted even at weekends. A clean golden sand and unpolluted, but sea can be chilly, A fantastic spot for naturist's. Lack of access at either north or south ends of the beach gives admirable seclusion and few, if any, passers-by. "The lane from the village leads ultimately to a farm but passes between two rows of bungalows and cottages; a sign politely asks visitors not to park in this residential area and, although parking is not forbidden it would be rude not to comply. Parking is therefore restricted to the verge in the lane from the village to this residential area. The walk from the village to the beach is about a mile. The dunes to the south of the beach were are flat and offer little shelter from the wind, though they are very grassy. The dunes to the north were more substantial offer more effective shelter from the elements. This is also a nature reserve, and a great place for bird watching. Facilities There are no facilities on the beach what so ever and none in the near area either, so it is imperative to bring your own provisions. Nearby Accommodation Waren Caravan and camping site is just four miles from the beaches and attractions, and the uniqueness of this site is not only you can pitch up, You can hire one of there wigwams Brilliant go to www.meadowhead.co.uk Also Burdle Bay is another beautiful camp-site sent with in a nature reserve, and minutes from the beach. Go to www.budlebaycampsite.co.uk
Visitor Reviews Beautiful beach. The right of way to the shore requires a trek through a knee-deep bog, but when you get there, it is so worth it. There's soft sand, and literally miles of space, sat below the dunes you're even sheltered from the breeze, its bliss! My girlfriend and I were the only nude people there with one or two clothed families around, but all that space means it didn't seem an issue. Water was a little cold but very clean. Amazing views along then coast I confess that walking back we followed some apparent locals who knew a route back to the car park that avoids the bog. There are signs expressly forbidding this, so I wouldn't want to make a habit of it. Plan for that bog and call it one of the charms of the beach. Jason - Blackpool This beach is one of the best in the country, with fine golden sand and exquisitely beautiful views of Holy Island to the north and Bamburgh Castle to the south. Even in high summer there are only around a dozen or so people on this massive beach, which stretches for about a mile to the south of the access track and about two miles to the north. Apart from some serious walkers, most textiles don't venture far along the beach, and those who do don't seem to mind seeing naturist's. Naturist's gather about 0.5 mile to the north of the track." – Shaun – Yorkshire. Overview From personal experience I can safely say, as naturist, you would be cheating yourself of a fabulous beach and holiday experience if you didn’t visit this beach. It really is a beautiful place. Not a single pebble or stone in site, the water is clear, and the views are breath-taking. It’s secluded, no overlooking, quiet and private. This is a must on the, to visit list for any would be naturist. Getting there Going north on the A1, turn right on to the minor road to Ross just beyond the village of Belford (note: 1/2 mile beyond the B1341 turning for Bamburgh) the village is about two and a half miles from the A1. Travelling south on the A1 from Berwick, turn left just beyond the village of Buckton on to a minor road to Elwick, beyond which a left turn leads to Ross. Parking is possible in Ross or along the lane which runs out toward the coast. From this lane a path leads across fields to dunes and the beach. The total distance from Ross to the sea is about one mile. Once on the beach, nudity is acceptable either to the north or south of the path - up to a mile in each direction Alternatively go to Google Maps enter your postcode to obtain directions.
North Cotes - North Coates Point
Where is it? This 'traditional' naturist beach is situated on the Lincolnshire coast, south of Cleethorpes. Confusingly, the nearby village is called "North Cotes" while the beach is "Northcoates Point" and access is via “Horseshoe Point” Description A sandy beach and "virtually deserted". At low tide the sea may well be a (very) long way off Further to the north the beach is a nature reserve and therefore off-limits. The usual reminders about east-coast beaches being subject to on-shore winds apply here too. User feedback indicates that some people have found it difficult to locate the exact section of the beach 'traditionally' used by naturist's Experience elsewhere suggests that going far enough from the nearest car park / access point is all that is required and remember that, while "strength in numbers" is reassuring, at really remote spots you may well be the only person there! "It is worth noting that the tides on this beach can be quite dangerous. It is wise to check tide times and do not approach the sea when the tide is rising as you can very easily get cut off. Facilities It is not surprising to note that there are no facilities on this beach, so do make sure you bring your own provisions with you. Overview A good beach for first time nudists, but it is also an extremely remote and secluded beach. Don’t let the picture fool you, I found this beach to be a little dull, Also the sea can be very dangerous here, and it is very easy to get cut off. If you do go, go with caution, and do check the tide times.
"I spent a pleasant 6 hours here. Using a cycle it only took a few moments to reach the naturist section of the beach from the car park and apart from one other person, who only stayed for a few minutes, I was on my own the whole time. The tide was right out, I would think over 400 yards, and as I did not bother to swim I can't comment on the water quality. However, I don't think that the beach was any more untidy than many other isolated beaches around the country. It may be busier on a weekend but on a Monday morning I was quite happy to have the place to myself." -Paul, Local Resident We found the car park OK and walked for what seemed ages as directed. No signs anywhere and no-one else around at all. Not even sure if I found the 'designated' area or not. Nice beach though if I was in the right place. And it was warm, very warm. â€“ John Southampton Getting There Travel south from Cleethorpes on the A1031 a lane on the left leads out towards the coast. The turning is just beyond the outskirts of North Cotes, before you reach Marshchapel and immediately after a sharp right-hand bend in the road. The road to the car-park has a tourist sign (white lettering on brown background) "Horseshoe Point" Follow the lane eastward as far as it goes - at least 1 1/2 miles of well-surfaced single track road, passing the former airfield on the left. The car park at "Horseshoe Point" can accommodate about 10 cars and is located at the end of the lane - go slow as you cross the bridge at the entrance to the car-park, oncoming cars are invisible until you hit them! From the car park walk northwards along the sea wall - a grassy bank at the left hand side rear of the car-park but almost invisible from the car-park itself. Concrete blocks mark the start of the bank. The bank runs parallel to a large fen drain which passes along the end of the airfield. There are numerous paths down to the beach from the bank - the section of the beach said to be used by naturist s is about half a mile from the car park. The Lincolnshire Council lists a number of 'coastal access points' from which quieter parts of the Lincolnshire coast can be reached - including Horseshoe Point. All of them include car parking. Many of these remote beaches are probably suitable for discreet naturist use Alternatively go to Google Maps and enter your postcode to obtain directions.
North West England
Formby Point – Lancashire
Where is it? Reports suggest that the sand dunes at Formby Point (a short distance south of Ainsdale Dunes) were once suitable for naturist use, but there is a history of an anti-nudity attitude from the Local Council. Sefton Council and other local land owners have decided to take action against naturist's, because they claim that there is a serious problem with "illegal sexual activity" (primarily in the dunes) - hence the notorious ‘Operation Crow’ that took place in 2005. A warning sign against nudity is displayed in the official Sefton Council car park at Lifeboat Road. Merseyside Police work in co-operation with all the landowners in arresting any nude people on Sefton Beach and in the dunes (which also includes Ravenmeols and Formby Point).
Sefton Sands - Ainsdale â€“ Lancashire
Where is it? This beach is located a little to the north of Formby, in Lancashire. It has had a long - and not altogether happy - history of use by Naturist's, which in recent years has included Police action. Description According to reports, some years ago a particular Merseyside Police Area Commander (based in Southport) received complaints about "sexual activity" on Ainsdale Beach. As a result he mounted a surveillance operation followed by a raid using both mounted police and officers on foot, supported by vehicles and a police helicopter. Several arrests and prosecutions arose from the raid and few Naturist's dared to venture onto Ainsdale beach while that particular police commander remained in post. When he eventually left and was replaced by a new area commander, the new man clearly and unambiguously stated the following: "I have no problem with reasonably behaved Naturist's on the beach; I do not see the previous problems at Ainsdale as a naturist issue; I do not even see the problems we had as a gay issue; I do see the problem as one of people, gay or straight, men or women, singly or in a group, behaving inappropriately on the beach and in the dunes immediately adjacent to the beach. Having been once driven off, naturist's appear to be understandably reluctant to return to Ainsdale and no-one appears to be willing to campaign for its future use. Reports in 2005 and May 2006 suggest that naturist's at Ainsdale are once more being actively persecuted by Sefton Council and the Police - chased by officers mounted on quad bikes, arrested and then pressured into admitting their "guilt" before accepting a caution. Merseyside Police work in co-operation with all the landowners in arresting any nude people on Sefton Beach and in the dunes (which also includes Ravenmeols and Formby Point).
Walney Island - Cumbria
Where is it? This beach used by local Naturist's is located at Earnsie Bay on the North shore of Walney Island near Barrow in Furness, Cumbria. Description This secluded beach is regarded as "the best beach on the island" .The long walk deters most people from venturing this far and the steeply sloping, soft sand means that the sea is never more than 50yds or so from the dunes which reach up to 60ft high and provide natural sun traps. The whole of the north end is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). Naked bodies tend to outnumber the clothed - the latter being the occasional dog walker or jogger - and the beach is great soft white sand Naturist's also frequent the nearby beach at Roanhead: The Roanhead beach to some is better as there is a small community of friendly Naturist's who use a part of this beach regularly." Facilities
The nearest amenities are a shop and toilets at the caravan site at Earnsie Bay, so bring your own refreshments as the temperature in the shelter of the dunes can be surprisingly high.
Nearby Accommodation Only 1 mile away from the beach is this fabulous caravan site, no tent allowed, but motor homes and statics available. www.walneyislandcaravanpark.com Visitor reviews This is really a large piece of sand. The sea goes off miles away when low tide... bad news for swimmers. Had to make it all the way to the northern tip of island to feel safe to be nude, not to upset the families or be disturbed by dog walkers. Fortunately at the northern end there was a narrow channel there giving an opportunity to swim, although access could be a bit tricky with large stones at some points. With the strong breeze, no surprise I was nude alone. Swam a short while and saw the rain clouds gathering. Eventually gave up to the wind and cloud and headed back. Overall it is a fair place, only a bit too far with the walk. A bit of surprise is there is a Stagecoach local bus service running to the West Shore. Rarely seen any public transport to the proximity of any nude beach, you know. – Sue – Gwent Getting There
From junction 36 on the M6 follow the A590 through Barrow In Furness and over the bridge to Walney Island. Turn right at the traffic lights and head north along the promenade past the Ferry Hotel. Take the 4th turning left into Mill Lane, then the 1ST right into West Shore Road. This leads directly to the seafront at Earnsie Bay. Turn right and follow the track heading north parallel to the beach until it terminates at the sand dunes. From here it is a 20 – 30 min hike through the dunes (or along the beach if the tides out) to the North Shore. The area between the N.W. point and the tip of the island is generally accepted as "clothing optional". Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions.
East of England
CORTON SANDS â€“SUFFOLK
Where is it? This formerly official beach was first designated in 1979. It can be found in the very north of Suffolk, about two miles to the north of Lowestoft and is also known as Gunton Sands. Description The beach is described as being about 100 yards in length, not very wide and composed of stones, gravel with some patches of sand here and there. Running along the back of the beach is a high grassy ridge, sloping sharply down to a concrete sea defence wall used as a path. Wooden breakwater barriers divide the beach, and come quite close to the sea wall, giving quite a narrow beach at high tide. Non-naturist s must walk through the naturist part to get to their part of the beach, either between the ends of the breakwater barriers and the sea in front of you, or on the concrete sea defence path behind you. You are also overlooked from the nearby holiday caravan park. In 2009 Waveney District Council announced that significant beach erosion during the past 20 years had led to a reduction of some 80% of available beach space at Corton and, following an "extensive public consultation" a decision was taken to "de-designate" the naturist beach While the Council have decided not to allocate another beach for naturist s to use, they have also revoked a local bye-law which prohibited naturist s from using other beaches in the area During the summer of 2010, naturist s continued to use the "traditional" beach and statements were issued by the local Police, and Waveney District Council have made it clear that they have the right to do so. In a statement issued on 28th June 2010 the Council said: "Although the beach is no longer designated specifically for naturist use, by-laws do not prohibit nude sun-bathing and it is not an illegal activity. However other activities - for example a man deliberately exposing himself, or other obscene acts - are illegal and police will continue to take action against anyone carrying out any activity which causes harassment, alarm or distress. This also includes anyone who is abusive towards naturist s using the beach." Facilities The caravan selling hot drinks in the car park was is no longer present. Toilets are signposted from the car park. It is also reported that "the shop is under new management, and now they do teas and coffees and hot and cold food to eat in or take away."
Nearby Accommodation This caravan site is a textile site, but it is heavily used by naturist, it is close enough to the beach that there are spectacular sea views. There are no camping facilities, it is just caravans, but a lovely park and the caravans are amazing. Visitor Reviews I was so pleased to see much more of a mix and not so many of the annoying voyeurs who used to patrol up and down the embankment that's situated on the beach “My wife found it much more relaxing and said that it was one of the better days we have spentdownthere. My advice is to stay on the first two sections of beach. The beach is still small and needs a clean-up of rubbish left by visitors and washed in from passing boats. There is still the odd unwelcome activity being exposed to all on the beach, which is high inappropriate. The car parking nearby makes it easy to get to some 30 to 40 people there - mainly single men but a fair few couples and some children who were amused by the novelty of naked people” – Peter – Hertfordshire I went to Corton again today and it was like being at a completely different place. The Idiots who think they own the beach were in force today also a lot of litter on the beach. On the whole today made me realise more than ever that the beach at Holkham is far superior and I really do hope that this idiotic bunch of pensioners do not find there way to Holkham! – Joe –Luton Overview There is a lot of controversy around this beach, There is also is a lot of sexual activity here, not a great place to go if you are new to naturalism or been a naturist for years in fact. Very untidy beach, full of litter from beach goers and boats, also very heavily overlooked from the promenade and the caravan park. In my opinion, the caravan park is the only positive thing I can say about this area of beach. Defiantly a thumbs down. Getting there Corton Village is just off the A12 between Lowestoft and Great Yarmouth to the north. From Great Yarmouth head south on the A12 towards Lowestoft. Follow the dual carriageway until you get to the outskirts of Lowestoft where it ends, past a large roundabout where the new sewage treatment plant is. When you get into the 40mph zone, take the next left turn (seaward) to Corton on the B1385. At the end of this road turn right at the 'T' junction and continue through a wooded section to the (free) car park entrance on the right, marked as the parking for the 'Dip Farm Pitch and Putt' (but it seems that beach users also park there). Otherwise there is extremely limited (and unofficial) road side parking on the left a little further along the road. A marked "Public Footpath" runs from the north end of the car park (the bottom left-hand corner by the old entrance to Pleasure-Wood Hills) across the road and through trees to steps that lead down to the pebble beach. At the bottom of the steps, the previously designated naturist beach was about 150 yards to the north. Alternatively go to Google Maps and enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Holkham Bay â€“ Norfolk
Where is it? Holkham is a very large 'official' naturist beach on the north coast of Norfolk near Wellsby the-Sea. It is part of the Holkham Hall estate. The beach is "suitable for everyone but you have to be fit and able to walk some distance". Description
This is an extensive, wide and sandy beach with dunes and woods behind and a nature reserve nearby. 'Bags of space available for bare foot exploring, building sand castles, roaming the dunes and swimming'. The sand is very fine indeed and full of shells. Another fan of this beach says 'well worth going nearer the sea, but you'll NEED a wind break. The beach is a "typical windswept north Anglian beach"- which means there is a constant breeze. Good for families nearer the sea, choose your spot nearer the dunes. The beach is patrolled by Police and Wardens from time to time to PROTECT the naturist s. "This beach is really beautiful but can be very windy. There are posts across from the trees behind to the beach itself announcing the Naturist area but these signs do say that naturalism is not to be practised in the dunes but only on the beach!" If you park at the Holkham beach car park, walk on to the beach and head west for half a mile or so - there are wonderful sand dunes and the Queen's bathing hut is in the woods just behind the nudist beach Facilities There are no facilities on the beach itself, unless you walk to Holkham, so I would suggest stocking up on all your provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation Great place to stay is Deepdale Farm Camping site they only have access for tents and motor-homes, but good facilities and has communal garden with fantastic sea views http://www.deepdalefarm.co.uk/camping/index.asp Another fantastic place to stay is Deepdale Farm Hostel I would say I catererâ€™s more the younger generation. Then rooms are nice and modern, there is a communal garden which has great see view. http://www.deepdalefarm.co.uk/backpackershostel
Visitor Reviews When I visited is Holkham last week I Had No problems. Swimming is great when the tide is in. Most people clothed and unclothed seem to congregate near the car park end. The is a lot of walking involved, so most suitable for them mobile person. Natalie – East Sussex. Holkham is our nearest naturist beach and a good beach to ride on so my wife and I have been there many times and never had a problem. I think I've met the old chap who comes and talks to everyone and as I was dressed at the time he wanted to take photos of my wife riding on the beach. Don’t think anyone should read anything sinister into it. Those visiting from cities should remember that talking to strangers is what we do in East Anglia and in other rural places north of London. As for the 'gawpers' (surely every naturist beach in the world has those) Just ignore them, after all, what makes you think you are so special that they're looking at you? Brad – Norfolk Overview Absolutely beautiful beach, with wide sand beach and woods and nature reserve hind it. Police patrol the beach, mainly to protect the naturist s. It is a very windy beach, so sitting behind one of the many sand dunes or bringing a wind-breaker is highly recommended. The is also a a dune in the woos called “the “Queens Hut” where you can spend all day if you get early enough. There is a lot of walking involves,So would be better suited to those with good mobility or some strong walking shoes I would highly recommended this beach. Getting There The A149 coast road runs from King's Lynn via Hunstanton to Wells-next-the-Sea. Holkham village is just west of Wells. The 'proper' car park is located in 'Queen Anne Road'. The entrance road is opposite the Holkham Hall entrance in the middle of the village (can be mistook for 'The Victoria' pub on the corner). Please note that by paying for car parking (flat rate fee approx. £5.00 in coins needed, gates are open until 9pm) you will be encouraging the private owners of this beach to continue to allow naturist use. Having parked, walk through the gate and turn left (northwards) toward the sea. The easy access path is 1.5 - 2 miles long, past the pond, past the bird hide, past the house and outbuildings until the path takes a slight bend to the right and through some trees. At this point paths cross - turn right (seaward) and pick your way through the trees. The path is not well marked and is not suitable for wheelchair access. Eventually the path emerges on the edge of the dunes where you will find notices requesting naturist' s not to use the dunes, but only the beach. Please observe them - this is private land and naturist use is generously allowed. Alternatively go to Google Maps enter you post code to obtain directions.
St. Osyth - Clacton-on-Sea â€“ Essex
Where is it? This beach is located a little to the west of Clacton in Essex. St Osyth naturist beach is on the North Sea coast (but south facing) and is just to the east of the Colne estuary. Description St Osyth beach is on the north shore of the Colne branch of the Black-water estuary. The shoreline is sand or shingle in some parts, tending to estuary mud in others. Bathing at nearby Brightlingsea is said to be dangerous - as is the case in many estuaries, so caution is required. The far end of the naturist beach is fenced off and is a "Nature Reserve" and "Private Property". To the north of the beach lie marshes and dykes. Please note In recent years, there have been increasing reports of inappropriate behaviour by some beach users at St Osyth. (See comments below) Naturistâ€?s are advised to take care when deciding which section of the beach to use, some regular beach users recommend staying away from the further end of the beach. Sexual activity threatens the continued existence of naturist beaches, please help to maintain proper standards of behaviour. Facilities
None on the beach itself - but St Osyth Beach has a parade of shops on Beach Road (about 400 yards before the entrance to the beach) including cafe, grocery, newsagent, off-licence, bookmakers and toilets. This is also the bus terminus. Nearby Accommodation There are parks and hotels as St Ostyh is a holiday resort. The below link is also know as Seawick, and is caravans only, and is virtually on the beach. http://www.parkholidays.com/seawick-clacton-caravan-holiday-park-village-essex Also a 20 minute walk along the coat will take you to a park in Jaywick known as park Resorts, it is a textile site, but there lots of camping facilities here. http://www.park-resorts.com/holiday-parks/essex/martello-beach/park-facilities
Visitor Reviews Not the best beach the wife and I have been to but still worth while visiting if you're in the area. Take a beach-tent or wind-break and ignore the spectators, eventually they'll ignore you and go elsewhere. I will always remember the funniest sight ever on a nudie beach - a blond lady with a good figure, plodding her way through the shallow dunes trying not to spill any of the refreshments on her t-tray. She was totally nude, wearing nothing but bright red high heels! – Jay – London. After clambering over the rocks and pebbles we started walking towards the naturist section. After stripping off we went all the way to the end of the beach where it becomes a no entry nature reserve. Turning back we walked along the beach passing a guy in the dunes with a ladies wig on, venturing on further still we came across a elderly gentleman sporting a rather fetching flowery frock, we later when leaving saw another guy wearing a ballet tu tu We are open minded it didn’t bother us. The temperature was hitting 80 degrees in the shade. Anyway we ventured on found a spot and settled down. Around 1pm the beach tends to fill up with the wrong sort of people and luckily we had to leave .We thought naturist beaches were for taking everything off rather than dressing up and putting everything on. We had a good chuckle and despite all this we will still be going again – Mr Mrs Woods – Southend on Sea Overview
As a holiday resort, which it is, based in Clacton on Sea, I find all of the holiday parks and camping site at Jaywick to be brilliant. However I have been hearing of reports that sexual activity is highly used here now, “Dogging” is used at night in the beach car park. Recently the police have been trying stop the activity in the car park. My opinion is, if you are into this sort of thing then it will be great, but that is not what true naturalism is. If you are not into it, it I would steer clear. The shame of it is, it is one of the few beaches the holiday park is attached too. Getting there
St. Osyth lies south of the B1027 road from Colchester to Clacton-on-Sea. Proceeding from Clacton, go west on the B1027 from its junction with the A133 for just over two miles and take a minor road on the left signposted 'St. Osyth'. Head due south from St Osyth Beach Road and to the end of the road in Hurley's Caravan Park. This reaches a dead end at the seawall with a car park pub and cafe just on the left. From there go over sea wall on to the beach (or through gate in wall during day time), turn right (west) and walk one mile to reach the naturist beach - slow and rather difficult walking on the small shingle. Public Transport Rail The nearest station is Clacton on Sea served by an hourly service form London Liverpool Street Buses: 'First' service number 19 operates Mondays to Saturdays from Clacton on Sea (Pier Ave.) to St Osyth Beach starting in early July and running to late September. Services 10, 11 and 12 from Clacton on Sea (Pier Ave.) to Jaywick (Tower Camp) operate all year round. It's then a 15 min walk along the sea wall. Services 10 and 11 stop adjacent to the railway station Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain Directions
Winterton Dunes - Horsey – Norfolk
Where is it? Winterton Dunes are located a few miles north of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and cover a wide area between the Norfolk Broads and the coast. The dunes are a nature reserve. North of the dunes, naturist's are also said to use a section of the beach adjacent to Horsey. Description
A large area of dunes, and clean, sandy beach with ample space for all and lots of scope for walking As with most beaches along the East Coast, an onshore wind from the North Sea can be a problem, so windbreaks are recommended. The Norfolk Broads provide an alternative attraction if the wind is too strong. Please remember that this beach is unofficial. Behave with discretion or you may offend people. It is also a major RSPB nature reserve and the beach is where the terns breed - so don't leave litter and take great care where you walk. Facilities None on the beach itself, but there is a small shop in Winterton village, which should be able to fill last-minute needs. At the car park there are toilets and a cafe. Nearby Accommodation The old Chapel Guest House is a lovely Bed and Breakfast, set in a lovely county setting. http://www.norfolkbedbreakfast.com/ Also there are lots of hotels and don’t forget you can have a great time on the Norfolk Broads. Visitor reviews We have been here twice now .Nobody around but some nice hot sun (well for a short while anyway!).We were able to sunbathe nude in the dunes with the whole beach to myself. Lovely, we will be back again soon. – Tony – Edgware We use the horsey gap site regularly and always found the other users very friendly though mostly males... Be warned...the seals look sweet, but can sometimes be aggressive so keep your distance, they will bite.
On warmer days there are adders in the dunes so keep your shoes on and make a noise and they will hide from you - Local Resident Overview A beautiful beach, lovely soft sand, and Dunes, as this also a nature reserve, beach-goers must respect the wild life, not leave any litter, as the baby seas will eat it. The seals will sunbath with you, but will become aggressive if you approach them. I love this beach, being on the east coast, you will get the wind beaten coming in from the North Sea. A highly recommended beach. Getting there From Great Yarmouth travel north on the A149 past Caister-on-Sea (ignore the turning for the A1064 at West Caister). About 1 mile further on, where the road turns sharply left, leave the A149 and continue north on the B1159 towards Winterton-on-Sea. This is two and half miles further on, after passing Newport and Hemsby. At Winterton continue northward until the road turns inland at them. At this point turn toward the sea (right), along the road beyond where it narrows and past a Spar shop. Eventually you will reach the car park. ÂŁ3 for the day Leaving the car walk east to the seashore and turn northwards [left]. Either cut down to the sea and walk along, or walk behind the dunes, for approximately 10-15 mins. Naturist use begins just beyond the point at which erosion has exposed a concrete base. Alternatively, continuing north on the B1159 will bring you to the village of Horsey. From the car park at Horsey Nature Reserve, you can gain access to the beach and walk south along the disused railway line until it turns inland, at which point you should be close to the unofficial naturist beach. Alternatively go to Google Maps enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Ardeer - North Ayrshire – Scotland
Where is it? Ardeer lies at the head of the Ardeer peninsula, of Stevenston in north Ayrshire and is home to the only 'official' naturist beach on the south west Scottish mainland. It was also home to one of the largest explosive factories in the world! Description This huge 2 mile long beach, the only official Naturist beach in Scotland. It is extremely popular; it is backed by sea walls, there have been reports of inappropriate sexual activity on this beach. And it is very open, with no seclusion. Facilities As per usual, there are none on this beach, so as many times before, do take all your provisions with you Nearby Accommodation Ardeer Farm Steading. A lovely little bed and breakfast just minutes from the beach. It has some great reviews on trip advisor. http://www.ardeersteading.co.uk Visitor Reviews The beach consists of very gritty sand mixed with coal granules, from an exposed seam close to shore, and seashells. This makes it quite uncomfortable to walk on. On my last visit there, despite, or perhaps because, I was wearing sandals I ended up with two rather large blisters (one on the ball of each foot) and a long painful walk back to the car park. I would suggest, therefore, that anyone visiting this beach wear socks and trainers/shoes for the long walk. Once you have got to where you want to be then up to you what you have on your feet. – Gary – Scotland I found on my first visit that there is a lot of inappropriate activity that goes on further down the beach in particular. So if single ladies and true naturist's wish to attend, please beware of where or where not to go. – Nathan – Lancashire
Overview Although this a lovely beach, due to the lack of seclusion and the many reports of sexual activity. I would not recommend this beach to any true naturist's or single ladies on their own. If you do go, then I would advise to go with caution. Also this is a very stony beach, and if you still want to go, would advise on strong foot where. Getting There
Stevenston is on the A78 trunk road to the north-west of Irvine. Leave the dual carriageway at the Stevenston exit, taking the A738 and then joining the B752 for Ardeer at the second roundabout. After passing over the railway bridge, at the next roundabout take the exit for Ardeer village. Once in the village, turn right and proceed to the church before turning left and then right (sign posted Beach Point) at the end of which is the Beach Park car park. From the car park, drive or walk south past the public lavatories and toward the headland, beyond which is the naturist beach. Naturist's frequent the part of the beach beyond the first rock groynes, but almost anywhere on this section of the beach (beyond the Burns memorial mural on the seawall) is said to be OK. In total, it's a 15-20 minute walk from the car park. Access is not possible (on foot or otherwise) from the Irvine directions Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your post code to obtain directions.
Cleat's Shore - Isle of Arran
Where is it? Cleat's Shore 'official' naturist beach is located near Lagg on the south west tip of the largest of the islands in the Firth of Clyde in the west of Scotland. Description The beach is of fine sand, with rock and some shingle." Cleat's Shore is described in the book 'Bare Britain' as “probably the least visited nudist beach in the known universe”. It is also often described in the press as "the only official nudist beach in Scotland" which may not be strictly accurate. Not likely to be crowded. Where is it? Description "The beach is of fine sand, with rock and some shingle." Cleat's Shore is described in the book 'Bare Britain' as “probably the least visited nudist beach in the known universe”. It is also often described in the press as "the only official nudist beach in Scotland" which may not be strictly accurate, and not likely to be crowded. Facilities Apart from the toilets at the car park, there are no facilities at the beach so take provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation Glen Rosa The campsite at Glen Rosa offers campers the chance to camp in a unique location, it is situated on a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) made so by the unique geology. http://www.arrancamping.co.uk/ Visitor Reviews There are no visitor reviews for this beach.
First, catch your ferry! Arran is connected with the Scottish mainland by Caledonian MacBrayne ferries, from Ardrossan to Brodick. The crossing takes just under an hour and (in 2011) the fare for a car and two adults is about ÂŁ80. For foot passengers, single fares are roughly ÂŁ5. If travelling on foot, buses meet the ferry on arrival and the journey around the south of the island (on the A841 road) to Lagg takes about 45 minutes. From the Lagg Inn proceed westward (about 600m) along the road to where a track signposted 'Cleat's Shore' leads off to the left. Follow the track to the beach. (Please close all gates behind you). It may be possible to park cars at the end of the track, near the beach.
Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain direction
Kinshaldy Beach – Fife
Where is it? Kinshaldy Beach is located at the northern tip of Scotland's Fife peninsula, in an area known as Tentsmuir Forest. Description The beach consists of "three miles of golden sand" backed by sand dunes. At low tide the beach is often a mile wide with "ample scope for nude sun and sea bathing". Behind the dunes there is a wild life conservation site, please respect the signs and keep out! Facilities There are no facilities on the beach so please take any litter home with you. A one pound entry fee to the Tentsmuir forest car park pays for the maintenance of the car park toilets. Nearby Accommodation Tayport Links Caravan Park This caravan park is on the edge of a Nature Reserve, and is minutes from the beach. It is a caravan static park, is there are no tents ore motor homes allowed here. http://www.tayportlinkscaravanpark.co.uk/about-the-park Visitor Reviews "As a naturist I enjoy going to Kinshaldy beach. The area north of the boundary of the forestry... is great for Naturist's as it has many sand dunes. It is busy at the weekends, but I usually go mid-week... tends to be mainly gay men. The area is a beauty spot that is isolated enough to allow the freedom of naturism." – Tom Scotland "I have made three visits this month on hot sunny days and have seen several naturist s each time in the dunes. They pop their heads up every so often. I don't like to sit for long but rather wander along the beach to the far end and back or out to the sea. One day as I was leaving and walking back, naked of course, I had an interesting conversation with a single man who stood up to watch me. It seemed he had only just started going there and was unsure where to go. – Marcus – Scotland
Overview A beautiful beach that stretches three miles long. Very secluded and often not to many people there, as you can see from the picture, the beach is clean with nice white sands. I would highly recommend this beach. Getting There From Edinburgh Cross the Forth road bridge and continue north on the M90, leaving the motorway at Junction 8. Take the A92 through Cupar toward St. Andrews. Continue on this road until you reach the roundabout at Guard bridge. Take the A919 Leuchars road (left), past the turning for R.A.F. Leuchars and continue straight ahead. Upon Entering Leuchars, there is a small roundabout, with a sign for Kinshaldy Beach pointing to the right.. Simply follow the signs! The Tentsmuir Forest car park is 4 miles or so from here.. . From Dundee: Cross the Tay Road Bridge and follow the A92 southwards for about two miles before joining the A92 for Leuchars. On reaching the roundabout in Leuchars, follow the directions given above to the Tentsmuir Forest car park. Follow the path from the Forestry Commission car park which leads on to the (textile) beach. Once on the beach, turn right and head south, passing a blue and yellow cylinder with a number 4 on it. (July 2001 - the blue and yellow buoy is reported to be "now quite tatty and faded more like a plastic oil drum filled with sand). The (unofficial) naturist section is a short way beyond. Naturist use has also been reported to the left (north) of the access point. Alternatively go to Google Maps enter your postcode to obtain directions
Cefn Pembrey - Carmarthenidan
Where is it? The beach used by naturalist at Cefni Sidan is located on the coast of Carmarthen Bay, between Kidwelly and Burry Port. The beach forms part of the Pembrey Country Park and is described as "eight miles of golden sands edged by a belt of sand dunes." Description The beach is clean sand backed by dunes the trees of Pembrey Forest and has been described as "a beautiful location for nude sun and sea bathing". However, swimming may be difficult as the sea retreats a long way at low tide and caution is required as there may be unpredictable currents. Cefn Sidan has a long history of use by naturalist but, because of the size of the beach you may often think you are the only nudist around at the time In 2009 reports were made regarding sexual activity and sexual acts such as â€œDoggingâ€? A BN spokesman said: "If people are using that beach for sexual motives we are just as keen as anyone to stop that sort of behaviour." It should be remembered that non-sexual nudity, where there is no intention to cause alarm or distress, is not against the law Facilities Apart from toilets car park, there are no facilities at this beach, so bring all provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation There are so many holiday parks in Wales to choose from, so I would go to the following link which lists all the places you can stay around the area. http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/sites/details.asp?revid=3829 (this link will take you straight to the Welsh Section)
Visitor Reviews I have lived in Pembrey for 20 years and have never seen or heard of anyone getting into trouble with the nudist I have bathed there for many years. I tend to cycle down as far as possible almost in-line with the RAF testing beacon I was there this morning, and can confirm that police do patrol along the beach. The police are using a grey unmarked 4x4, , and when I visited 3 or 4 weeks ago there must have been 5 or 6 naturalist just enjoying this beautiful beach." â€“ Local Resident I was there this morning, and can confirm that police do patrol along the beach. The police are using a grey unmarked 4x4.... I didn't see the "No nude sunbathing" signs mentioned, and when I visited 3 or 4 weeks ago there must have been 5 or 6 naturalist just enjoying this beautiful beach. Shannon â€“ Liverpool Overview This is a highly recommended beach, with beautiful golden sands, a complete sun trap There has been a lot of trouble in the past but now this beach is patrolled, it is not often you get any trouble from undesirables that used to lurk in the dunes. Getting There From Llanelli or Carmarthen take the A484 to Pembrey, west of Burry Port. There is a car park at the Pembrey Country Park. From there, walk out to the coast and head west (i.e. turn right) along the beach for about 20 minutes until you reach the section used by naturalist Alternatively, it may be possible to reach the naturist section from a Forestry Commission car park located on a lane leading off the A484 midway between Pembrey and Kidwelly. Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your post code to obtain directions
Kenfig Burrows - South Wales
Where is it? Also known as 'Sker Beach' and Cynffig in Welsh, this is a long stretch of sand between Porthcawl and Port Talbot adjacent to Kenfig Burrows. Description Kenfig Burrows are popular with locals but do not get the attention they deserve. It is a beautiful, clean and tranquil place, with plenty of room to spread out for those who wish to be alone, or larger areas for those who want to socialise. It can be reached at any time, access being gained from the landward side - and there is no hurry to leave because the shingle prevents the sea from cutting you off at high tide. In 'Free Sun' the beach was described as "an excellent beach and huge area of unfrequented sand dunes". The beach is in easy reach of Bed and Breakfast and campsites. Note:Swimming conditions may be dangerous - especially near the river. As always, local information should be sought before risking swimming. Facilities None on the beach itself, but 'The Angel' pub is said to be a great place for a meal and a drink after a day on the beach. Alternatively, try the 'Prince of Wales' in Kenfig for excellent food and real ales, straight from the barrel. "The Draught Bass is worthy of the gods themselves. Nearby Accommodation There are tons of campsites and caravan parks in this area, my personal favourite is the Kenfig Pool Caravan Park, witch caters for camping as well as static caravans. http://camping.uk-directory.com/Kenfig_Pool_Caravan_Park_527.php Again the link in on a camping directory which will take you too the site its self Another great site is The White Wheat Caravan park, which is animal friendly, has electrical hook ups and is minuets from the sea. http://www.whitewheat.co.uk Visitor Reviews The wife and I spent a very pleasant couple of hours here Sunday afternoon. It's quite a trek through the nature reserve to get to the beach, but once there it very quiet and peaceful. We are infrequent nudists and we appreciate the solitude. There were a couple of other unclothed men on the beach and one guy seemed to take a particular interest in my wife. I don't know if its normal for men to stare at women but it seemed a bit rude. It didn't worry us and we enjoyed ourselves anyway, it is a very pleasant beach. â€“ Stanley Cheshire.
Overview As well as being a nature reserve and home to some very rare plant life, this beautiful beach, as far as I know has never had any problems, the textiles are long used to the naturalist, and again if you are a first timer, this is the place to go. It is secleded and not overlooked. It is spacious so you can either mingle with other naturalist or find a quiet spot for yourself. Do take caution however as the sea does retreat a long way at low tide, and there may be unpredictable. Getting There Leave the M4 motorway at junction 37 (Pyle) or junction 38 (Margam). Follow the signs for Cynffig Nature Reserve where there is ample parking. From the nature reserve make your way on foot down to the beach ( the sea is visible from the car park) but it is a walk of 1.5 miles through the sand hills. Upon reaching the track that divides the beach from the sand hills, turn right and walk for about ten minutes toward the steel works in Port Talbot - this is to ensure that you reach the quietest part of the beach - (if you reach the river you have gone too far). This is reputedly known as 'Morfa', while the beach to the left of the access is called 'Sker'. Further south-eastward toward Porthcawl lie Pink Bay, Rest Bay and then Porthcawl/Trecco. Choosing a spot just below the dunes will mean you can avoid the incoming tide and any horse riders, fishermen or joggers who use the beach. Alternatively go to Google maps and enter your postcode to obtain directions
Marros - South Wales
Where is it? Marros beach is located on Carmarthen Bay on the south coast of Wales, between Pendine and Amroth, near Saundersfoot. Description The beach is secluded and quiet, clean and mostly sandy but reduces to pebbles and shingle at high tide. Naturist use is reported at the western end, beyond the rocks (about 1/2 mile from the access point). The remainder of the beach is used at times by textiles and families and a few walkers may use the beach at low tide as an alternative to the Coast Path. Use discretion. At high tide this route is cut off and access is only from the inland direction - take note of tide times before walking this stretch of beach. At the western end of the beach - near the caves - the high tide reaches the base of the cliffs at cuts off a small bay, reachable only from the coast path. This area is also used by naturalist "The beach is used right through the season... and is proving more popular with naturalist due to the seclusion it enjoys. During high season the beach is still very quiet, even though other beaches in the area are very busy. This, I believe, is due to the distance required to get to the beach" Facilities There are no facilities on the beach, so take all snack, drinks and provisions with you. Nearby accommodation Upper Marros Farm is a great campsite although there is no website the contact number is 01994 453258 please contact for details. Also another great site if your looking for a caravan holiday is Pendine Sands Holiday park http://www.parkdeanholidays.co.uk Visitor Reviews I visited Marros a year ago. It's excellent for long naked walks. but be careful to ensure the tide will be out during the duration of your visit. Park at the roadside on the hill just east of Amroth and walk down the path to the beach at the bottom. At low tide it's possible to go around the headland to the western end of Marros beach which extends for miles. I stripped at the eastern end and stayed naked until I had walked the length of the beach and returned to the western end. I saw one dog walker in the whole walk. There are some nice flat rocks to sunbathe on at the eastern end. I strongly
recommend this beach for nude walkers. Tim â€“ Wolverhampton Visitor Reviews We visited Marros a couple of weeks ago. We parked right at the end of the private lane and got a couple of "parking tickets" under our wipers from the old dear in the last house so park by the church as advised!! It's a long, tough walk from the "official" parking, along the lane and down the cliff, so the beach is almost deserted other than textile locals walking their dogs, going out in small boats etc. We had to move west a couple of times to get some privacy, but after that it was a wonderful quiet beach for a day in the sun, sand and sea â€“ Anonymous Overview This is a fantastic beach, I would advise on some very strong walking shoes, and I would also recommend this for the more mobile, as it is a long walk to the naturist area. Totally quiet and peaceful, very secluded and not overlooked at all. I would highly recommend this beach. Getting There From Carmarthen, follow the A40 to St Clears and then the A477. From Narberth or Tenby, take the A478 to Begelly. From the A477 several minor roads lead southward to the village of Amroth and from there on to Marros. Alternatively, from St. Clears take the A4066 southwards via Broadway to Pendine. At the top of the hill beyond Pendine turn left onto a minor road to reach Marros. There is no 'official' parking in Marros. Vehicles should only be parked on grass verges and elsewhere after due consideration for local residents and other road users. To reach the beach itself, proceed on foot along the path the beside the church,-the beach is 1 1/2 - 2 miles. On foot, the beach may also be reached via the Carmarthen Coast Path from Pendine (4 miles) or from Amroth (2 miles). Alternatively go to Google maps enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Morfa Dyffryn – Gwynedd
Where is it? Morfa Dyffryn (also known as Dyffryn Ardudwy) is located on the Welsh coast between Harlech and Barmouth in the county of Gwynedd. Description Morfa Dyffryn beach itself is ENORMOUS, even the part used by naturalist is about 1 mile in length - and to the rear of that are hundreds of acres of peaceful dunes and scrub land between the beach and the airfield. The beach is clean, as is the sea which shelves gently so swimming is possible - and the tide doesn't go out miles! The main beach is used by families, couples and singles. There is plenty of room for all. The views to the rear are of Snowdonia and the Rhinog mountains and to the front across Tremadog Bay can be seen the Llyn Peninsular" Facilities There are no facilities, so do make sure you take your own provisions Accommodation For many years naturalist visiting Morfa Dyffryn have enjoyed camping at a campsite called Glyns Field” which provide basic but naturist-friendly facilities. There is no website to the campsite or contact number listed anywhere, but the directions to Glyns Field are as follows. “Turn off the main road by the chapel, turn right towards the caravan site and there a gate on your right a few yards after the junction. Not a lot of facilities: the field gets mown and there's one water tap” Camping is also available at Benar Beach Caravan Park, this is a textile park, but naturalists do use it, and it is very popular. Again there is no actual website, but it is listed at the link below, with full information and contact details. http://www.bigfreeguide.com/camping-campsite/131.html
Visitor Reviews My most recent visit was August Bank holiday so I was expecting lots of people there, but. there were no more than 150 people or less using the nude section. The designated area.. could easily be moved back half a kilometre at least, as the people that turn up to use the textile beach congregate only on the first few hundred yards..The mix of people was. just a smattering of straight couples/single women. The beach is well worth a visit, it's clean, safe and very spacious. – Gwen – Birmingham My first visit to Dyffryn in June was very rewarding. Although the weather was poor there were about 50 naked people on the beach either trying to find a bit of sun or those single guys parading about. Actually there were more single guys that I would have liked, and I am a single guy myself, but there were no gawpers as was my experience at Studland. One of the best aspects of this beach is the bicycle access. Yes there is a bit of a shove to get from the end of the board-walk onto the sand, but its only 30 meters and after that there is always some margin on the sandy shore between the high water line and the sea that is firm for cycling. Very useful on this beach – Tyler – Wales. Overview I have nothing but good things to say about this beautiful beach. It has been used by naturalist since the mid-1930 and in 2000 the local authority took a decision to erect notices designating a section of the beach for naturist use. This has now been made an “Official Naturalist Beach The only negative can say is the lack of information via the web in Wales, but then again we talking bout Wales and they do like to keep to tradition. Note to Dog Owners: Dogs should be kept on a lead while passing through the Dyffryn Seaside Estate. At the camp-site they actually charge for them. However dogs are not allowed in static caravans hired directly from the company - if you hire one privately it's by arrangement with the owners. With that said. I can highly recommend this amazing beach, and a fabulous one for first timers. Getting There The beach is off the A496 Barmouth to Harlech road about 4 miles north of Barmouth. It is between the villages of Talybont and Dyffryn Ardudwy turn seawards into Fford Benar Lane (signposted "Traeth" - Welsh for beach), a small chapel at this junction makes it easy to see. One mile down this very narrow lane are toilets and just beyond a free car park, this has height barriers and is therefore unsuitable for van/campers etc. Follow the marked path through the dunes to the beach, turn right and walk for approx 25 mins the naturist beach was once easily recognised by a WW2 pill box sticking out halfway up the dunes but this has been removed. Outside the summer season and depending on the severity of winter storms, the Council-erected notices may or may not be present. Alternatively, use the (much nearer) car park at the Dyffryn Seaside Estate. To reach this, turn right at the toilets mentioned above and drive into the Seaside Estate, turn left at the mini roundabout, past the shops and pub, through the gate to park on the grass area at the rear of the dunes, follow the path to the beach, turn right for a 15 minute walk. It is slightly quicker to walk through the dunes but not recommended for first time visitors - easy to get lost. The Seaside Estate sometimes charge £1 for access - but usually only in the high season. Alternatively go to Google Maps, enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Newborough Warren - Malltraeth Bay – Anglesey
Where is it? Newborough Warren and the nearby beach at Malltraeth Bay are situated at the southwest corner of the island of Anglesey - 'Ynys Mon' in the Welsh language. Description Described as having "breath-taking landscape and unspoilt sands" and " superb views of Snowdonia and the Lleyn Peninsular" this is one of several beautiful beaches along this part of the coast. Newborough Warren is also a nature reserve. The beach itself is of fine, golden sand, backed by dunes. On-shore winds from the Irish Sea can be a problem at times. It is said that most naturalist gather in the area to the south of the car park - midway between Llanddwyn Island and Abermenai Point. At high season - textiles do walk along here. The beach is patrolled by a warden, which is great as this protects both naturalist and textiles! This area does have a regular gay group, and a lot of lone female naturalist find is safer amongst this group rather then straight men. - ! Waters here are quite warm as the tide goes out, with shallow pools that you can wallow in. Views are unbelievably fantastic - especially on a sunny evening. Facilities No facilities, no surprise, but don’t let that put you off this beautiful beach, just make sure you bring all your provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation A nice little campsite minutes from the beaches is Awe lfryn Camp site .It is very basic, but very clean with the usual facilities. http://www.awelfryn.co.uk/facilities.asp Also another great site is the White Lodge Caravan Park, Catering for pitch ups camper-vans and motor-homes Also has some great facilities including a café. http://www.whitelodgecaravanpark.co.uk
Visitor Reviews I went to this beach for the first time last summer- As well as beautiful scenery, I found it clean, quiet with a healthy and relaxed attitude to naturism. – Dean Blackpool I have been visiting this beach for over 15 years and have not had any problems. When you pass Llanddwyn Island, walk for about 15 to 20 minutes and you won't get many people there. At the weekends, a couple, probably locals, sit in front of the dunes, once you are past them, they won't bother you. Many times, ramblers and dog walkers walk past, but they have always ignored me. I live in London, and I come here every year, but it is well worth the trip, it is beautiful and one of the few places I feel totally relaxed going naked. – Philip –London Overview What can I say; another fantastic beach in Wales, enormous, beautiful scenery, and being a nature reserve, you may see the odd alien bird or strange looking plant. Please be respectful, they are our guests. Totally secluded, it is quiet a walk to the nudist beach, but most of the best ones are, and this is one of the best. Totally recommend this beach and the campsites around it. Getting There From the Menai Bridge on the A5, take the A4080 south to the village of Newborough (Niwbwrch). From there, a road - signposted "To the Beach / Traeth" - leads south to a car park on the coast - approx. 2 miles. The Forestry Commission car park at Newborough Beach charge is currently £3. Walk from the car park on to the beach and turn right, heading North in the direction of Llanddwyn Island towards the rocky promontory at Llanddwyn Island. Beyond this lies Malltraeth Bay and an area used by naturalist - "a beautiful but plain, exposed and windy beach with open water." The walk from the car park is two to three miles in total. Alternatively, turn left from the car park (heading south) and walk until the beach curves left a little at some high sand dunes. From here, the crowded part of the beach is more or less out of sight. There is room to sit amongst the edge of the dunes but please don't go into them as they are an essential and protected nature reserve and any walking could damage the sensitive fauna cover of the dunes” Alternatively go to Google Maps , enter your postcode to obtain directions.
Rhossili Bay - Gower Peninsula - South Wales
Where is it? Rhossili Bay is located on the western end of the Gower peninsula, west of Swansea in South Wales. Rhossili beach has 3 miles or so of sand and, while the southern end gets very busy, naturalist are said use the northern part at quieter times. Description Its relative inaccessibility compared to many other beaches in the Gower makes Whiteford an extensive, quiet and secluded beach, perfect for naturalist In fact, the beach is so large - and the number of visitors so few - that you may not see any other naturalist and mistakenly believe that you are in the wrong location. There is always some sand, even at high tide. As you can see from the picture below, it is hard to be overlooked here added to that, this part of the beach is a sun trap and a haven for sun worshippers.
Facilities Again, none here, so as mentioned many times, do bring your own provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation If you are looking for a bit of luxury at the end of a hot day on the beaches, then take a look at the link below, voted one of the best top 50 views in the world. The Worms Head Hotel. I have stayed here, and I can tell you personally it really is something else, with amazing sea views in every room. http://www.thewormshead.co.uk Also, for camping and caravans go to Hill End Caravan Park. http://www.hillendcamping.com/caravans.php
Visitor Reviews This is a perfect place on a warm day. I have been coming there since 1984 and have never known there to be more than a half dozen naturalist..one can enjoy a nude walk through the woods and dunes, walk for miles and hardly ever see another soul, best to have a towel handy though, just in case you do come across someone." â€“ Scott Warrington. Overview As with most of the beaches in Wales, hereâ€™s another gem, with 3 miles of golden sands. Most of the people I have spoke to have been coming to this beach for years. It has been classed as one of the best beaches in the UK. No chance of over looking here. I will add this is best for the more mobile, as getting to the nudist section is a hell of a hike, but so well worth it. Getting There The Gower may be reached from the eastbound M4 via Swansea and the A4118, turn right on to the B4247 just beyond Knelston. The area used by naturalist is at northern end of the bay the area of dunes about 700 yards south of Spaniard Rock and Burry Holms Island Not much info here on directions Iâ€™m afraid , so I would advise to use your Sat Nav, and Google the directions.
Whiteford Sands - Gower Peninsula - South Wales
Where is it? Whiteford Sands is a two mile expanse of beach on the northern side of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. It is the most northerly beach on Gower and sits on the edge of the Loughor estuary. Behind the beach lies Whiteford Burrows, a National Trust-owned dune and pine plantation which is a nature reserve. The beach is well-known for being favoured by naturalist and, although local residents are said "not to approve" the huge extent of the beach would seem to ensure sufficient space for all kinds of beach use without conflict. Description D The beach has no direct access by car. Visitors have to park near the village of Llanmadoc, and make their way on foot via country paths. Its relative inaccessibility compared to many other beaches in the Gower makes it a very quiet beach. According to the Gower Information Centre, the beach has made quite a name for itself amongst naturists, but this activity is not really approved of by locals The cast iron Whiteford Lighthouse is situated in the bay at Whiteford Sands.Whiteford Burrows is the dune system backing Whiteford Sands further inland. Whiteford Burrows is a National Trust property containing a dune and pine plantation and is classified as a national nature reserve. Facilities You will be surprised to know that there are no facilities on this beach, the nearest toilets are to be found in the local village of Llanmadoc, so again do take you own provisions with you. Nearby Accommodation Pitton Cross is the nearest camping site to the beaches, the site caters for tents, campervans, motorhomes, great views from all of the pitches http://pittoncross.co.uk Another site is Carregwlyd Campsite; this site is for families only, no single males or females, with over 400 pitches, all overlooking the coast. Slightly farther a field to the naturist beach, but if you have a car, then its around 5-10 minutes away. http://www.porteynon.com
Visitor Reviews "We had great time at Whiteford on despite variable weather. Very few people about so able to walk, as nature intended, the length of the beach from the woods to the lighthouse several times. You can't get much more stress free than that. Perfect .Jonathan â€“ Gwent "Whiteford Sands has no secluded nooks and open naturism has been practised there in the past with no problems with the small number of other beach users. I have done naked swimming and beach-combing there on a hot bank holiday. You may feel the need to cover up temporarily if you encounter a school party on a Whiteford Burrows nature trails this is a nature reserve, although it has never happened to me, but it did my friend, which I thought was hilarious, as although she is a naturist, she is also a prude. Joanne- Local resident. Overview With a two mile stretch of beach, a protected nature reserve, and pine plantation, it would be hard not to fall in love with this beautiful beach. Located right next door to her sister beach Rhossili Bay, you are really spoiled for choice. It has been said that the locals disapprove of the naturist beach, but there has never been any problems at all. It is a fair walk from the local village of Llanmadoc which is about half a mile to a mile away, so would be better for people with good mobility. Overall; a total paradise, the sea is Crystal clear, and also a surferâ€™s paradise if you like surfing, on a windy day of course, and again a great place for the first timer. It has been said that the locals disapprove of the nudist beach, there have never been any problems, and some of them actually are naturists themselves. Highly recommended total five star beach. Getting There The Gower my be reached from the eastbound M4 via Swansea and the A4118 For Rhosilli, turn right on to the B4247 just beyond Knelston. The area used by naturalist is at northern end of the bay the area of dunes about 700 yards south of Spaniard Rock and Burry Holms Island Please do take advantage of Google maps, as directions are very spare on the net.
Events , Clubs , Meetings around the UK Eureka Naturist Club. Eureka Naturalist club is Located in Kent, They have a variety of events and club meetings throughout the year. There is no camping,but the chalets are luxurious. They have a huge amount of facilities with their own clothing optional Nightclub and Naked parties. Join up to there website free, and join the forum. http://www.eureka-naturist-club.co.uk/forum.htm This one of the Largest websites on Naturism, have a look at all the events coming up, book a holiday, or just join the forum. British Naturism British naturism is a large website, that have a huge amount of info on Naturism. Join the website, and take a look at all the events and holidays they have throughout the year. Days out, and dinner parties etc. Go to www.bn.org.uk Spielplatz Oasis Naturist Club Located in Hertfordshire, in a peaceful private setting .Spielplatz provide camping, motor homes and caravan hire. Great facilities , such as club house, heated swimming pool, and local nature walks. Go to the following link for more info. http://www.spielplatzoasis.co.uk/ Singles Outdoor Club The singles outdoor club is one of the oldest and most respected club in the UK. With events all year long. The Club is available to single men and women, and couples, a and families , so the name of the club is deceiving, the club members meet up regularly and visit around 35 other naturist's sites around the UK. Go to the following link for more info. http://www.soc-uk.info/join.html Diogenes Sun Club Located in Buckinghamshire , the sun club has many activities for all the family. The Sun Club has a lot to offer, and is very secure and private. The facilities are great with swimming pool inside and out, sport companions. Camping is also available here.
Wirral Naturalist Club Wirral Naturist Club meet up every week in Chester, the club itself provide excellent facilities, and the best thing about this site is that it has provisions for disabled people, which many other clubs don't. To find out more visit their website at : http://www.wirralnats.org.uk Silverlights naturalists Spa and Nudist Club Silverlights is located in Kent, and is one of the leading Naturist's Club in the country. This club had all the facilities you could ask for. Swimming, sauna, jacuzzi, Turkish Baths, the list goes on. All this set within a luxurious hotel. To find out more go to : http://www.silverleigh.com/index.html The White House Set in five acres of land in the quiet and peaceful valley near Caterham in Surrey. The club has been opened since 1933. Facilities are endless , and all set out in an large English garden. Member have been coming here for over forty years. Fully equipped chalets available, as well as an indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and bar. To find out more visit: http://www.whitehouseclub.org.uk/index.htm
Oxford Naturist's Club (Oxnat) Oxnat is located in just outside Oxford. Most events take place at the club itself, but a lot of then also include holidays abroad. Set on a 11 acre site , and also set in tranquil private surroundings. Weekly swimming sessions, fun weekends, and camping also Go to the following website for more information. http://oxnat.org.uk/index.html Ryedale Naturist Club Ryedale Club is swimming naturist club, that meet up every week, they are a small,but friendly club. To find out more , visit the following link http://www.ryedalenaturistclub.co.uk/ Apollo Sun Club Apollo Sun Club has been running since 1954, it sit in 6 acres of woodland, near Brighton. Facilities include, club house, barbecue and spit-roast area. Chalet rentals. Tent pitches, and much more.
Go to their website @ http://www.apollosunclub.co.uk/index.html Hon Holidays Ltd (Single Nude Holidays) Hon Holidays is a unique club that caters for singles only. They have properties around Europe as well as in the UK. As well as local activities as well. Find out more, by clicking on the link below. http://honholidays.vpweb.com
Useful Links Camp-sites around England www.ukcampsite.co.uk
365 CampingCaravanning.Com http://www.365campingcaravanning.com/cs_naturist_campsites.htm
Acorns Retreat http://www.acornsindevon.co.uk/
Tara Club http://www.taraclub.co.uk/
Candy Farm Camp-site http://www.candyfarmcampsite.co.uk
Park Resorts www.parkresorts.com
Haven www.haven.com/touring-camping Camping with Campfires http://www.oldvicaragecamping.co.uk/Welcome.html
Love Camping.co.uk www.lovecamping.co.uk
Visit England. Com http://www.visitsoutheastengland.com
Chat Forums Naturist's Corner http://www.naturist-corner.net/community/index.php True Nudists http://www.truenudists.com/forum/ Cats Chat http://www.chatbocks.com Nudist Chat http://www.nudistchat.org/ In The Buff www.inthebuff.co.uk Tom and Karens Bit Of Interweb http://www.tomandkarin.co.uk/links.html Naturist Heaven http://naturistheaven.webs.com/ Chat Hour http://www.chathour.com/chatroom/Naturist Paul Hildreth's Naturist Links Page http://www.pmhildreth.co.uk/Interests/fkklinks.html
Dating Sites Nudist Dating.Org http://nudistdating.org Nudist Friends.Com www.nudistfriends.com Dating Naturist's http://datingnaturists.com Naturist Passion. Com http://datingnaturists.com Naturisthq.Com http://www.naturisthq.com
Information Websites and Links Dating Sites Guide http://www.datingsinglesguide.com Naturist Holiday Guide http://www.naturist-holiday-guide.com/naturist-holiday-friends.html Naturist's Holiday Guide http://www.naturistholiday.info Naturist Camp-site Guide. http://www.naturistguide.eu/e/naturist_holidays/20/camping/great
Naturist camping guide
Directory of Accommodation http://naco.org.uk/na
British Naturism http://www.bn.org.uk/community/links/category/14-general-information-sites
Camp-site Review http://www.campsite-review.co.uk/UK-naturist-campsites.html
Google Maps https://maps.google.co.uk/maps?hl=en
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