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

St. Osyth - near Clacton-on-Sea Essex

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Shingle. Not the prettiest beach, but very popular due to location. See trip reports.

Located a little to the west of Clacton in Essex, St. Osyth derives its name from the dedication of a local priory to a 7th century princess - Osgyth - who was martryed there. The St. Osyth naturist beach is on the North Sea coast (but south facing) and is just to the east of the Colne estuary.

Getting There

Satnav: CO16 8SB, Google Map

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 Hutley'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.

The dirt road which used to give access to the beach is no longer in existence, having been destroyed by storms in the winter of 2003-4.

In reply to an enquiry about the future of the road Alan Hutley [from the nearby caravan park] said: " To rebuild the road we would have to retreat further back on to the saltings, this we are not allowed to touch, as it is an area of S.S.S.I. [Site of Special Scientific Interest]. To replace the road in its original place would only be temporary until the next rough high tide takes it away again. We would love to have the road again, but we have known for along time that one day we would lose the road, the only surprise was, that it did not occur sooner ."

Public Transport - Rail

The nearest station is Clacton on Sea served by an hourly service form London Liverpool Street

Public Transport - 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.  "This can be quicker that service 19 - and cheaper!"

Services 10 and 11 stop adjacent to the railway station.

Bus timetables can be found HERE

Description

St Osyth beach is on the north shore of the Colne branch of the Blackwater 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.

The coastal erosion which destroyed the approach road is also reducing the beach.

The first part of the naturist area you come to tends to be used by families, the next part by males, and the final part is best avoided.

Be Aware

In recent years, there have been increasing reports of inappropriate behaviour by some beach users at St Osyth - see comments below. Naturists 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.

[Inappropriate] 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.

Toilets are located at the entrance to the beach between the amusements and the Sailor Boy public house. There are also shops and amusements in Seaview Road.

This Page Compiled With Help From Hughie S.

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Photos

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Nearby Photos

These photos, which have been tagged as 'safe', were all taken nearby.

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