Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
Haven Cliff - Seaton Devon (south coast)
Not as spectacular as other nearby beaches, but easy access along the seafront from the town centre
Haven Cliff is located a short distance to the east of Axmouth Harbour near Seaton in the East Devon. Whilst not as remote and attractive for swimming as some nearby beaches - such as Weston Mouth - it is easy to access on foot and is regularly used by a small number of local naturists.
Satnav: EX12 4AA, OS Map Ref: SY265905
By Foot: Accessible via the South West Coast Path which runs along the entire length of the Jurassic Coast.
By Road: Seaton can be reached by car from A3052 coast road or from the A35 at Axminster via the A358 and B3172. Limited on-street parking may be available near Seaton seafront, there is none at Axmouth Harbour itself. The nearest long-stay car park is located near to the Seaton tramway terminus on Harbour Road.
By Bus: The Jurassic Coast Bus Service 'Coastline X53' service calls at Seaton as do other local bus routes.
From Harbour Road (or the sea front) walk with the sea on your right towards Axmouth Harbour, passing the Yacht Club, then over the old road bridge (now pedestrians only) before turning right along the quayside (see photos). Continue a short distance to reach the mouth of the River Axe and the beach.
From here, turn to the east and continue along the beach beneath Haven Cliff for about 200 metres to reach a point where nude use seems acceptable.
Like almost all the beaches along this coast, this is a pebble beach that shelves quite steeply at high tide. At lower tides, larger rocks and boulders can make getting into the water very difficult - possibly dangerous when the sea is rough. At very low tides sand and extensive rock pools may be exposed. Sitting directly under the cliff is not to be recommended as minor falls are common.
At this point the Coast Path runs inland over Haven Cliff on its way to the famous Undercliff and Lyme Regis. Since there are no connections to the path further along the beach, very few walkers pass along this stretch of beach.
Whilst not the best naturist beach in the area, Haven Cliff has the advantage of being a relatively short and level walk from "civilisation" and thus suitable for those unable or unwilling to make the cliff path hike to reach Weston. It is used by a small number of local naturists and no problems have been reported.
The beach is best at high tide (for swimming) or at spring low tide (paddling and rock pooling).
There are no facilities on the beach, but Seaton has a good selection of shops, pubs and restaraunts.
Water quality is generally as good as anywhere along this coast and better since improved treatment plant was introduced
Swimming may be hazardous when the sea is rough.
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The beach descriptions originally came from the closed NUFF website.
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