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


Clockwise from London

Region County Status Name Description
South East Kent official Leysdown / Shell Ness - Isle of Sheppey A long drive to a flat shingle beach at the far end of the island. 15-20 mins level walk along the beach path from parking.
South East Kent warning Long Rock Beach - Swalecliffe Short walk out to a beach on a small flat headland - a rare quiet / rural spot on the north Kent coast. Overlooked with no cover by a new coast path.
South East Kent Botany Bay - near Margate Flat sand dunes at the quiet end of a spectacular sandy beach backed by low white cliffs. Easy access.
South East Kent Sandwich Bay An expensive car-park on a private estate, or a long but easy walk, to a quiet beach.
South East Kent warning Abbot's Cliff - near Folkestone Long easy walk, or short steep descent down into the Warren, an under-cliff, to a hidden beach overlooking the Channel to France. Reports of council hostility.
South East Kent closed Sandgate - Folkestone The promenade has been extended, so this area is now part of the main seafront. No longer used by naturists
South East East Sussex Camber Sands - near Rye Sand dunes at the far end of a small resort's long sandy beach.
South East East Sussex Rye Harbour Nature Reserve Quite beach in front of Rye nature reserve
South East East Sussex Fairlight Glen - near Hastings Great hidden sandy beach in a beautiful setting surrounded by forest covered cliffs. Long 500 feet (150m) descent, the last part thanks to a local's maintained beach path
South East East Sussex Norman's Bay - near Bexhill Very quite. Flat shingle beach on rare un-built-up part of the south coast
South East East Sussex Birling Gap - near Eastbourne NT car park and a staircase descends to a pebble beach under white cliffs
South East East Sussex official Brighton (Kemp Town) Official beach on Brighton's city seafront. Very popular. No shade or cover - very open. Lots of tourists. Pebble beach. Easy access.
South East West Sussex Shoreham (Portslade) Secluded and tranquil pebble beach hidden in front of a working port behind a tall sea wall. Good access - near Hove centre. Many regular users.
South East West Sussex Church Norton - near Chichester Quiet. Pebble beach a short walk through a picturesque nature reserve from a remote Church
South East West Sussex closed Selsey (West Beach) No longer remote. Large caravan park complex by a shingle beach leading to a newly breached seawall to create a tidal wetlands RSPB reserve.
South East Hampshire closed Browndown Point (Stokes Bay) - near Southsea MOD land overlooking the Solent. The MOD are actively asking naturists to leave. Nearby Meon recommended.
South East Hampshire Meon - near Lee on Solent Quiet. Shingle beach on the east side of the Solent, overlooking the estuary
South East Hampshire official Eastney Beach - Portsmouth Popular shingle city beach at the end of the Portsmouth / Southsea seafront.
South East Hampshire Yaverland - Isle of Wight Far end of mile long beach sandy beach with good swimming beneath red cliffs
South East Hampshire Blackgang - Isle of Wight Steep descent, almost scrambling - there's a rope to help - to a great hidden beach
South East Hampshire warning Calshot Quiet pebble beach on the west side of the Solent Estuary. Owner's don't want naturists.
South West Dorset closed Hengistbury Head Sandy beach below a low cliff on a headland south of Chichester Harbour. Seems abandoned by naturists.
South West Dorset official Studland Beach - Purbeck Official. Well known. Near Bournemouth. 1km section of sandy beach backed by dunes and NT pay carparks. Shallow sea protected by sandbar good for swimming
South West Dorset Ringstead Bay Secluded, pictureque, NT owned south facing beach in Purbeck, east of Weymouth. Level access from village, or NT car park on cliffs above.
South West Dorset Durdle Door - near Lulworth Cove Steep but safe path down, then 1/3 mile walk along a pebble beach backed by tall chalk cliffs
South West Dorset Swyre / Cogden Beach 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
South West Dorset Burton Bradstock Picturesque sandy beach backed by low cliffs
South West Devon (south coast) Haven Cliff - Seaton Not as spectacular as other nearby beaches, but easy access along the seafront from the town centre
South West Devon (south coast) Weston Mouth Beach - near Sidmouth 1km flat walk, then steep downhill trail, to secluded beach
South West Devon (south coast) official Budleigh Salterton Western end of the main town beach. Well used. Pebble / shingle beach by cliffs.
South West Devon (south coast) Petitor - Torquay Small cove below high cliffs near Torquay town centre. Beach and path down from cliffs suffers from rock falls.
South West Devon (south coast) Scabbacombe Sands Pretty, quiet NT beach. Access via 1km path from cliff top. South of Torbay / Brixham
South West Devon (south coast) official Slapton Sands Near Dartmouth. Access via 1/3 mile walk along fine grit beach backed by cliffs. Signs say used by naturists.
South West Cornwall (south coast) No Fear Bay - near Plymouth low-tide only access sandy bay set back from the shoreline with many rocky outcrops and pools
South West Cornwall (south coast) Downderry - near Looe Small coves with rocky outcrops, mix of pebbles and sand, at the bottom of a trail down from cliff top path.
South West Cornwall (south coast) Great Perhaver - St Austell Small sandy beach. Difficult access from coast path. Just north of Gorran Haven
South West Cornwall (south coast) Vault Beach - Gorran Haven Pretty coarse sand beach backed by steep sloping hill. Easy path down.
South West Cornwall (south coast) Arthur's Beach - Falmouth 3 small coves at the bottom of a trail down from the cliff top path. Pebble beaches.
South West Cornwall (south coast) Kenneggy Cove - near Penzance Near Prussia Cove east of Penzance. Great beach. Clear water. Fantastic view. Use rocks on the far side.
South West Cornwall (south coast) Pednevounder (Pedn Vounder) and Treen Stunningly beautiful south facing beach near Lands End. Steep rocky path down. Beach useable at mid / low tide only
South West Cornwall (north coast) Porthkidney - near Hale Sandy beach on North Cornwall coast near Hayle. Backed by the St Ives branch rail line. Access via coast path. Naturists keep to the dunes.
South West Cornwall (north coast) Fishing Cove - Godrevy Point Beautiful little cove on the north Cornwall coast near St Ives, down a fairly good trail from the cliff top coast path
South West Cornwall (north coast) official Perranporth Large sandy beach backed by sand dunes. Naturism is now allowed on the beach only, but not in the dunes.
South West Cornwall (north coast) The Strangles NW facing rock bound cove with pebble beach below high cliffs. Moderate/Easy trail down from cliff top path
South West Cornwall (north coast) Flexbury - near Bude Small sandy coves with access from Bude or Northcott Mouth
South West Devon (north coast) Saunton Sands Enourmous, long, flat, wide sandy beach backed by dunes, near Ilfracomb
South West Devon (north coast) Wild Pear Beach - Exmoor Steep walk down to delightful little cove on north facing Exmoor coast
Wales Bridgend Kenfig Burrows 2km walk through low dunes to sandy beach, south of Port Talbot steel plant
Wales Swansea Rhossili Bay - Gower Peninsula Near dunes at north end of large, wide, stunningly beautiful sandy beach backed by grass covered hills, with great sea views of Carmarthamshire coastline
Wales Swansea Whiteford Sands - Gower Peninsula Large, hidden, quiet sandy beach backed by dunes and pine forest. Greate sea views.
Wales Carmarthenshire Cefn Sidan - Pembrey Forest Park Massive beach backed by pine forest, and dunes at the far end. Some council hostility to naturists.
Wales Carmarthenshire Marros - near Tenby East of Tenby. 2km walk to the cliff top, then a good but steep trail down to a secluded sandy south facing beach.
Wales Gwynedd official Morfa Dyffryn - near Barmouth Enormous sand dune backed sandy beach. 1 mile long 'official' area. Great for swimming. Long history of naturist usage
Wales Anglesey Newborough Warren - Malltraeth Bay Large sandy beach, backed by pine forest, about 2km walk from car park
North West Lancashire closed Formby Point - near Liverpool Pretty NT beach north of Liverpool. No longer used by naturists due to Police/Owners/Council hostility.
North West Lancashire warning Sefton Sands - Ainsdale - near Southport Pretty NT beach north of Liverpool. Police/Council hostility. Be very discreet.
North West Cumbria Walney Island - near Barrow-in-Furness Remote sand dunes at north end of Walney Island, off SW corner of Cumbria.
Scotland North Ayrshire official Cleat's Shore - Isle of Arran Official. Very remote. Very quiet.
Scotland North Ayrshire official Ardeer Official. SE of Glasgow. Long beach. Gritty sand backed by concrete breakwater.
Scotland Fife Kinshaldy Beach SE of Dundee. Long sandy beach, backed by dunes and forest. Walk about 1km either south or north of the access point
North East Northumberland Ross Back Sands Big sandy beach backed by dunes. Near Lindisfarne / Holy Island, between Edinburgh and Newcastle
North East Northumberland Druridge Bay North of Newcastle. Sandy beach backed by dunes. Shallow sea.
East Coast Yorkshire Fraisthorpe Sands Large sandy beach with low clay cliffs south of Bridlington.
East Coast Lincolnshire North Cotes - Northcoates Point - near Grimsby Access along the sea wall path from Horseshoe Point car park now fine
East Coast Lincolnshire Theddlethorpe - Lincolnshire Large remote beach backed by low dunes
East Anglia Norfolk official Holkham Bay Large, well known, sandy beach backed by dunes and forest, on north Norfolk coast. Access issues now resolved - naturism on beach only, not in the dunes.
East Anglia Norfolk Winterton Dunes - Horsey Sandy beach / Sand dunes nature reserve, north of Great Yarmouth
East Anglia Suffolk Corton Sands - near Lowesoft North of Lowesoft. Not the prettiest beach. Its 'official' status has been withdrawn, but its still used.
East Anglia Suffolk Shingle Street - Suffolk Remote shingle beach
East Anglia Essex St. Osyth - near Clacton-on-Sea Shingle. Not the prettiest beach, but very popular due to location. See trip reports.
Ireland Dublin Corballis Sandy beach north of Dublin
Ireland Dublin Whiterock - Dalkey Pretty but rocky sandy beach near Dublin
Ireland Wicklow Brittas Bay (Sallymount) Sandy beach beacked by dunes south of Dublin
Ireland Wexford Curracloe - Wexford Long sandy beach backed by woods. North of Wexford
Ireland Munster Inchydoney - Clonakilty Bay - near Cork Quiet coves, SW of Cork
Ireland Munster Long Strand - Owenahincha - near Cork Sand dune backed beach. SW of Cork
Ireland Kerry Inch Beach - Dingle Peninsular Long sandy beach backed by sand dunes.
Spain Costa Brava official Boadella Beach - Lloret de Mar Official. Beautiful sandy cove. Beach Cafe. Easy walk from free parking.