Naturist / Nudist Beaches in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland
Whiteford Sands - Gower Peninsula Swansea
Large, hidden, quiet sandy beach backed by dunes and pine forest. Greate sea views.
Whiteford Sands is a two mile expanse of beach on the northern side of the Gower Peninsula in South Wales. It is the most northerly beach on Gower and sits on the edge of the Loughor estuary. Behind the beach lies Whiteford Burrows, a National Trust-owned dune and pine plantation which is a nature reserve.
The beach is well-known for being favoured by naturists and, although local residents are said "not to approve" the huge extent of the beach would seem to ensure sufficient space for all kinds of beach use without conflict.
The well-known local landmark Whiteford Lighthouse is situated at the northernmost tip of Whiteford Sands.
Satnav: SA3 1DJ
The Gower peninsular lies to the west of Swansea and can be reached via the A4216, then turning on to the B4271 at Upper Killay (immediately after you leave the built up area) in the direction of Llanrhidian. Whiteford Sand have no direct access by car, visitors have to park near the village of Llanmadoc before making their way on foot to the coast.
For those coming from beyond Swansea : leave the M4 at junction number 47 (Swansea West Services). Take the A483 towards Swansea and at the next roundabout take the A484 signposted Llanelli and North Gower. At the second roundabout turn left onto the B4296 to Gowerton. Turn right at the first traffic lights onto the B4294 Penclawdd Road to Llanrhidian.
On both routes you then follow the road from Llanrhidian through Cheriton to Llanmadoc.
From Llanmadoc there are two routes to Whiteford, the most popular being the road which starts at the top of the village near the church. There is a field used as a car park at the top of the lane, place £1 in the honesty box near the gate. This is the shortest route to the beach just follow the lane to the bottom, go through the gate into a pinewood then turn immediately to your left and follow the path for 150 yds to the dunes above the beach.
There have been reports of thefts in this area, so it is inadvisable to leave valuables in your car. "For the sake of security you're better off parking in Llanmadoc village and walking the extra half mile, but your effort is well rewarded!"
The other route starts just up the road from the village pub, follow the path between some cottages and downhill to a causeway which crosses Llanrhidian marsh to the dunes which are visible in front of you, there is no distinct path through the dunes but keep heading west in the direction suggested by the causeway and you will in a few minutes find yourself on the beach.
Its relative inaccessibility compared to many other beaches in the Gower makes Whiteford an extensive, quiet and secluded beach, perfect for naturists. In fact, the beach is so large - and the number of visitors so few - that you may not see any other naturists and mistakenly believe that you are in the wrong location. There is always some sand, even at high tide.
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Well its a scorcher.....off to Whitford for the day. Yippee!
Quoting nude couple:Well its a scorcher.....off to Whitford for the day. Yippee!
And it was hot, but windy! Actually better at bottom of dunes as wind was easterly. Thankfully we took our beach tent. 3 other couples and a few single guys. Not so many walkers today so we managed a few beach walks and we even had first swim of year.....cold!
Hoping to get to Whitford this weekend - either Sat or Sun. Hope this weather keeps up and wind isn't to strong!
Ww walked from Llangennith to Whitford Point and back last weekend (fully clothed unfortunately). The very high tides have nibbled away at the dunes, particularly at the lighthouse end. Also amazed to see huge new dune that has appeared just around the point. Looking forward to getting some early sunny days to relax here.
I've yet to visit Whiteford this year but I will be hoping for a fine day soon, I am checking the weather forecast regularly. I was able to walk naked along the Beach at Kenfig in late March, I recommend it to beach walkers,it was completely deserted and unspoilt.
hi everyone.been going down cwn ivy now for 30yrs,with and without the mrs,i am a regular down there.i know a few other spots if you fancy a change,drop me a line here fore details,o.k.only to glad to help out.
Nude2it : Thanks for the info about Majorca, very useful. I will be visiting the beaches you've mentioned, they sound very attracive. Returned to Whiteford last saturday, another sunny warm day, I was surprised to see so many nudists on the beach and in the dunes, it's usually much quieter in midweek when I normally visit. The weather can be excellent in Autumn, I've been naked for hours on the beach at Whiteford in late October so I'm hoping for another...
We had a lovely relaxing day at Whitford today. Very quiet, saw about 8 other people, and just one fellow nudist all day - what a beach!
Whitford yesterday was lush. One of the nicest days we've had there. Very quiet - about 4 naturist couples and a few single guys. Walked on beach and down to sea really beautiful
"Spent some great time at Whitford on 28/29 Sept despite variable weather. Very few people about so able to walk, as nature intended, the length of the beach from the woods to the lighthouse several times. You can't get much more stress free than that.
... found a secluded area in the dunes to relax and enjoy ourselves. It was very quiet, we only saw 2 other nude couples, [next time we] might even venture down to the beach and water if we feel brave.
Whitford Sands... has no secluded nooks and open naturism has been practiced there in the past with no problems with the small number of other beach users. I have done naked swimming and beachcombing there on a hot bank holiday. You may feel the need to cover up temporarily if you encounter a school party on a Whitford Burrows nature trail.
We were at Whiteford two days ago and walked along the beach and around the point. We had the whole beach to ourselves for hours in the morning and were able to walk and swim until it became ''busy'' when a couple of textiles strolled from the southern end. We then moved into the dunes and spent a further 2 to 3 hours sunbathing, completely undisturbed and unseen.
We've been sunning our buns at Whitford for a couple of years now, we both enjoy the freedom of a relaxing on a very quiet beach with no cozzies. We tend to stay in the dunes but have recently started to spent more time naked on the main beach including walking (the tide goes out a long way) and swimming. For any couples that are wary or unsure we've never had any issues, other nude beach users, mostly men have always been polite and descrete, they usually say hi, chat for a couple of minites and wander on their way. Cant recommend it enough.
I love Whiteford. It is fantastic!... perfect if you want a secluded spot to bathe in freedom. Even on days when the other beaches are packed Whiteford is almost empty. The beach is beautiful, the water is clean and in other than a few people out walking the people you are most likely to see there are other nudists. I would definitely recommend it.
I love to go nude sunbathing at Whitford. The lighthouse end of the beach is the usual area and have walked through the woods naked. Swimming is good there but avoid low tide - it can be dangerous.
..absolutely love Whiteford and the walk through the woods near the NT rental cottage is so pretty. The only problem I have... is knowing where is "safe". I normally go as far as the woods walk (near where the causeway comes in) and then head towards the sea. With such a vast expanse of beach I sometimes feel uneasy when we are the only ones on the beach, I just wish more people would make the effort to come here - its so amazingly beautiful and peaceful.
...[we] have used the Northern end of Rhossili Bay which is the quietest section of the Beach, and on occasions it is possible to walk the beach nude which we love as it is extremely liberating especially on such a large beach, but it is advisable to restrict nude bathing to the dunes at the back of the beach (with the odd skinny dip when the coast is clear).We have not yet tried Whiteford, but we're looking forward to nude walks and sunbathing here this season...
... a perfect place on a warm day.I have been going there since 1984 and have never known there to be more than a half dozen naturists...one can enjoy a nude walk through the woods and dunes, walk for miles and hardly ever see another soul, best to have a towel handy though, just in case you do come across someone.
I prefer the causeway [route], it's quieter and you are afforded a wide ranging view over the marsh and it's bird life. It is possible to see if there is anyone on the causeway before starting to cross, if it's deserted, I undress before setting off. If there are no textiles near the far end I will continue in the nude to the beach.
I try to arrive as early in the day as possible and walk the length of the beach naked as far as the lighthouse. It's usually possible to spend the whole day naked on the beach or in the dunes if there are textiles on the beach. The few people you will see will be other naturists or those out walking. The sand is clean and the water fine for bathing...
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