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

Swyre / Cogden Beach Dorset

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NW of Weymouth. Fine shingle beach protected by shingle bank from the coast path. SW facing. No shade. 1km walk downhill from Swyre village, or 1km along beach from road access

This location is part of Cogden Beach south of the village of Swyre in Dorset (half way between Burton Bradstock and West Bexington). The beach is comprises a high bank of fine shingle, a westward continuation of the nearby Chesil Beach.

Getting There

Satnav: DT2 9DA (Swyre village) , O.S. Map Ref: SY 520 872

There are three ways to reach this beach - all of which are off the B3157 road from Burton Bradstock to Abbotsbury.

  • On foot from the village of Swyre, two paths about 3/4 mile long lead southwards to the coast. No information about car parking in the village is available. From the beach the path is signposted "Newlane and Swyre"
  • Approximately 1 mile east of Burton Bradstock is the car park for the National Trust site at Cogden Beach. Once you reach the beach, turn left (eastwards) on the Dorset Coast Path which runs between the back of the shingle bank and Burton Mere. No more than 1 mile should bring you to a point suitable for naturism. Pick a suitable spot to cross the shingle bank to the water side - walk where you will not damage the vegetation which clings precariously to life on the pebbles.
  • From the village of West Bexington a minor road leads south to a car park sited more or less on the beach itself - £3 per day. From this point, take the Coast Path westwards to reach the part of the beach described above.

Description

The beach is composed mostly of fine round gravel - about pea-sized - clean and very comfortable to lie on, but rather tiring to walk any distance on. The shingle is heaped up by the elements to form a ridge (like nearby Chesil Beach) which effectively hides the seaward side of the beach from the Coast Path behind it. The top of the ridge is colonised by Sea Cale and other plants which can cling to life in such a barren and salt-sprayed environment. Behind the beach are reed beds, pools and meadows. The overriding impression is one of wide open space - the section between Burton and Bexington alone is two miles long - although with no shelter available on the beach, a sun shade and / or wind-break might be advisable Clean water for swimming, but steeply shelving and possibly hazardous when the sea is rough - in 2003 a child and a would-be rescuer were drowned at nearby Burton Bradstock.

"When I visited on a fine Sunday in early June, I was the only person within a quarter of a mile, plus an occasional walker. Ideal for worry-free naturism. The only other people in sight were a few sea-anglers near the Cogden car park."

In fact, much of this part of the coast must be suitable for naturist use if you just get far enough from the access points - easy enough on foot along the well-signed and completely level Coast Path. To the east, between West Bexington and Abbotsbury, is a similar stretch of beach which must offer possibilities. Parking, toilets and cafe are available at the Chesil Beach car park, near Abbotsbury. From there a surfaced track runs westward behind the beach, making the walking particularly easy!

Facilities: At the West Bexington car park there are toilets and a small cafe.

Water Quality: Good

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