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

Winterton Dunes - Horsey



Sandy beach / Sand dunes nature reserve, north of Great Yarmouth

Winterton Dunes "are definitely the best naturist beach in East Anglia - something of an undiscovered treasure". They are a few miles miles north of Great Yarmouth in Norfolk and cover a wide area between the Norfolk Broads and the coast. The dunes are a nature reserve. North of the dunes, naturists are also said to use a section of the beach adjacent to Horsey.

Getting There

Satnav: NR29 4AJ

From Great Yarmouth travel north on the A149 past Caister-on-Sea (ignore the turning for the A1064 at West Caister). About 1 mile further on, where the road turns sharply left, leave the A149 and continue north on the B1159 towards Winterton-on-Sea. This is two and half miles further on, after passing Newport and Hemsby.

At Winterton continue northward until the road turns inland at the church (worth a visit if you are interested in local history). At this point turn toward the sea (right), along the road beyond where it narrows and past a Spar shop. Eventually you will reach the car park. [£3 for the day].

Leaving the car walk east to the seashore and turn northwards [left]. Either cut down to the sea and walk along, or walk behind the dunes, for approximately 20-30 mins. The area to look for is north of Somerton Holmes Gap, called Winterton Ness on OS 1:25 and 1:50 maps. From where the Somerton track comes through the dunes follow the concrete sea wall north to its end. Beyond this point the dunes come right down onto the bach - this is the naturists' area.

Alternatively, continuing north on the B1159 will bring you to the village of Horsey. From the car park at Horsey Nature Reserve, you can gain access to the beach and walk south along the disused railway line until it turns inland, at which point you should be close to the unofficial naturist beach.


A large area of dunes and clean, sandy beach with ample space for all and lots of scope for walking, plus rows of large rocks recently added as coastal defences to use as ready-made windbreaks. Suitable for couples and singles and possibly families with children. As with most beaches along the East Coast, an onshore wind from the North Sea can be a problem, so windbreaks are recommended. The Norfolk Broads provide an alternative attraction if the wind is too strong.

"[in] perfect weather - there were just a handful of naturists plus the occasional clothed dog walker

Please remember that this beach is unofficial. Behave with discretion or you may offend people. It is also a major RSPB nature reserve and the beach is where the terns breed - so don't leave litter and take great care where you walk.

Facilities : None on the beach itself, but there is a small shop in Winterton village - see above - which should be able to fill last-minute needs. At the car park (see above) there are toilets and a cafe.


June 2017 - thanks to PD



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