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

Norman's Bay - near Bexhill

East Sussex


Very quite. Flat shingle beach on rare un-built-up part of the south coast

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 naturists for more than 30 years.

Getting There 



OS Landranger map 199 Grid Reference TQ690057 to TQ697059.

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.

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".


Between the beach and Hooe Level (ex salt marsh now water meadows) there is a pebble bank to stop Hooe Level being swamped by the sea. 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, hetero 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 'lurkers"].


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.

Water Quality

Is said to have improved now that Eastbourne have upgraded their sewerage disposal to an acceptable level



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