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

Cefn Sidan - Pembrey Forest Park



Massive beach backed by pine forest, and dunes at the far end. Some council hostility to naturists.


The beach used by naturists at Cefn 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", and backed by a pine forest.

[2012] The local council still continues to discourage naturism, and many naturists continue to ignore them - surely this beach is big enough for everyone to coexist peacefully.

Getting There

Satnav: SA16 0EJ (Forestry Commission beach pay car park), SA16 0JE (A484 towards Kidwelly - coast path)

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 naturists.

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.


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 naturists but, because of the size of the beach you may often think you are the only nudist around at the time.

In August 2003 the South Wales Evening Post newspaper reported on some problems at Cefn Sidan:

"Police are stepping up patrols on the beach after being stunned by the bare-faced cheek of local nudists. Cefn Sidan Beach, which straddles Pembrey Country Park, has been thought of by some as a place where nudists can bask in the sun. But police Sergeant Kevin Gandy said: "This is not a designated nudists area. "We are stepping up patrols. Up to now nudists have been warned to cover up but in future they risk being arrested or reported for summons. The police are determined to make the beach a morally safe area."

Similar reports were published in 2009.



Water Quality

No information, but reputed to be "clean and unpolluted"



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