Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Blackgang - Isle of Wight Hampshire

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Steep descent, almost scrambling - there's a rope to help - to a great hidden beach

This is a south facing, unofficial but long-established naturist beach, used by both locals and visitors.

Getting There

OS Explorer Map OL29, Grid ref: 490756, Microsoft Virtual Earth

NOTE: Confusingly, the naturist beach is actually 'Rocken End' - there is no access from cliff-top Blackgang itself.

1) Beach path down from Old Blackgang Road Car park: PO38 2JA

From the village of Niton, go south on the A3055 for a short distance, turn right on to St. Catherines Road in the Undercliff and then along a smaller lane called Old Blackgang Road. This lane ends at a small car park, free, with potholes, and a great view.

From the car park, follow the footpath towards the sea, turning right (west) at the junction, over a former land-slip and so eventually to the beach.

2) Long walk along the beach from Whale Chine car park: PO38 2LJ

[Mar-22] Beach access closed due to erosion.

Alternatively, drive west along the A3055 coast road for 2 mile / 3.5 km, passing the amusement park, to the free car park at Whale Chine (Satnav: PO38 2LJ). Walk down to the beach and then left (east) along the beach to the naturist area, about 3.5KM distant. "A lovely if strenuous walk".

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 crumbly, so care is advised.

The views along the coast are stunning, and an attraction is the natural peace, as 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 disabled.

At one time there was a naturist holiday centre at nearby Southview, but his fell foul of the numerous landslips that are prevalent on this part of the coast.

Naturist camping is available at Valerian Sun Club, 30 minutes drive away at Havenstreet.

Desk update: Mar-22

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