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

Walney Island - near Barrow-in-Furness Cumbria

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Remote sand dunes at north end of Walney Island, off SW corner of Cumbria.

20170508_173133 Walney Island taken around 17.30

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Walney Island taken around 17.30

08-May-17 • Son of Pepys' on Flickr

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General

This is a secluded beach, backed by sand dunes, and is used by local naturists. It is located north of Earnsie Point on the north west coast of Walney Island near Barrow in Furness, in south west Cumbria.

Getting There

Satnav: LA14 3XZ

From junction 36 on the M6 follow the A590 through Barrow In Furness and over the bridge to Walney Isaland. Turn right at the traffic lights and head north along the promenade past the Ferry Hotel . Take the 4th turning left into Mill Lane, then the 1ST right into West Shore Road. This leads directly to the seafront at Earnsie Bay. Turn right and follow the track heading north parallel to the beach until it terminates at the sand dunes.

From here it is a 20 -€“ 30 min hike through the dunes (or along the beach if the tide'€™s out) to the North Shore. The area between the N.W. point and the tip of the island is generally accepted as "clothing optional".

Description

This secluded beach is regarded as "the best beach on the island" .The long walk deters most people from venturing this far and the steeply sloping, soft sand means that the sea is never more than 50yds or so from the dunes which reach up to 60ft high and provide natural sun traps. The whole of the north end is a nature reserve and a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) . For this reason overnight camping and fires are not allowed. "My wife and I spend a lot of time here during the summer and rarely meet more than half a dozen people all day. Naked bodies tend to outnumber the clothed - the latter being the occasional dog walker or jogger - and the beach is great (soft white sand)"

Facilities

The nearest amenities are a shop and toilets at the caravan site at Earnsie Bay, so bring your own refreshments as the temperature in the shelter of the dunes can be surprisingly high.

Roanhead / Scandscale Haws

Satnav: LA14 4QJ (NT car park on tarmac road)

Naturists also frequent the nearby beach at Roanhead:

"We find Roanhead beach to be better and there is a small community of friendly naturists who use a part of this beach regularly."

"Leave the A590 (Dalton to Grizebeck) on the road marked 'Sandscale Business Park'. Just past the railway line, turn right down the track and follow it until you get to the huts, carry on turning right at each junction, until you get to the edge of the beach. Then walk along the beach until you pass a derelict boat there is a dune just past here where there is always at least one naturist, weather permitting."

The comments suggest using the car park at NT Sandscale Haws Nature Reserve. From here turn left (west), and walk along the beach towards the dunes of the nature reserve until Walney Island comes into view.

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20170508_173133 Walney Island taken around 17.30

20170508_173133

Walney Island taken around 17.30

08-May-17 • Son of Pepys' on Flickr

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