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

List

Region County Status Name Description
South East East Sussex Birling Gap - near Eastbourne

East Sussex

NT car park and a staircase descends to a pebble beach under white cliffs

South East East Sussex Official Brighton (Kemp Town)

Official

East Sussex

Official beach on Brighton's city seafront. Very popular. No shade or cover - very open. Lots of tourists. Pebble beach. Easy access.

South East East Sussex Camber Sands - near Rye

East Sussex

Sand dunes at the far end of a small resort's long sandy beach.

South East East Sussex Fairlight Glen - near Hastings

East Sussex

Great hidden sandy beach in a beautiful setting surrounded by a forest. Long 500 feet (150m) descent, the last part thanks to a locally maintained home-made staircase

South East East Sussex Norman's Bay - near Bexhill

East Sussex

Very quite. Flat shingle beach on rare un-built-up part of the south coast

South East East Sussex Rye Harbour Nature Reserve

East Sussex

Quite beach in from of Rye nature reserve

South East Hampshire Blackgang - Isle of Wight

Hampshire

Steep descent, almost scrambling - there's a rope to help - to a great hidden beach

South East Hampshire Closed Browndown Point (Stokes Bay) - near Southsea

Closed

Hampshire

MOD land overlooking the Solent. The MOD are actively asking naturists to leave. Nearby Meon recommended.

South East Hampshire Calshot

Hampshire

Quiet pebble beach on the west side of the Solent Estuary

South East Hampshire Eastney Beach - Portsmouth

Hampshire

Busy shingle city beach at the end of the Portsmouth / Southsea seafront. Jun-17: The battle with developer's has been won for now.

South East Hampshire Meon - near Lee on Solent

Hampshire

Quiet. Shingle beach on the east side of the Solent, overlooking the estuary

South East Kent Abbot's Cliff - near Folkestone

Kent

Long easy walk, or short steep descent down into the Warren, an under-cliff, to a hidden beach overlooking the Channel to France

South East Kent Botany Bay - near Margate

Kent

Flat sand dunes at the quiet end of a spectacular sandy beach backed by low white cliffs. Easy access.

South East Kent Official Leysdown / Shell Ness - Isle of Sheppey

Official

Kent

A long drive to a flat shingle beach at the far end of the island. Easy access - free parking next to beach.

South East Kent Warning Long Rock Beach - Swalecliffe

Warning

Kent

Short walk out to a beach on a small flat headland - a rare quiet / rural spot on the north Kent coast. New coast path passes nearby.

South East Kent Closed Sandgate - Folkestone

Closed

Kent

The promenade has been extended, so this area is now part of the main seafront. No longer used by naturists

South East Kent Sandwich Bay

Kent

An expensive car-park on a private estate, or a long but easy walk, to a quiet beach.

South East West Sussex Church Norton - near Chichester

West Sussex

Quite. Pebble beach a short walk through a picturesque nature reserve from a remote Church

South East West Sussex Warning Selsey (West Beach)

Warning

West Sussex

This area has changed dramatically due to the seawall being breached to create tidal wetlands RSPB reserve.

South East West Sussex Shoreham (Portslade)

West Sussex

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 West Cornwall (north coast) Official Perranporth

Official

Cornwall (north coast)

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) Porthkidney - near Hale

Cornwall (north coast)

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) The Strangles

Cornwall (north coast)

NW facing rock bound cove with pebble beach below high cliffs. Moderate/Easy trail down from cliff top path

South West Cornwall (south coast) Arthur's Beach - Falmouth

Cornwall (south coast)

3 small coves at the bottom of a trail down from the cliff top path. Pebble beaches.

South West Cornwall (south coast) Downderry - near Looe

Cornwall (south coast)

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) Fishing Cove - Godrevy Point

Cornwall (south coast)

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 (south coast) Kenneggy Cove - near Penzance

Cornwall (south coast)

Near Prussia Cove east of Penzance. Great beach. Clear water. Fantastic view. Use rocks on the far side.

South West Cornwall (south coast) Pednevounder and Treen

Cornwall (south coast)

Stunningly beautiful south facing beach near Lands End. Steep path down. Beach useable at mid / low tide only

South West Cornwall (south coast) Vault Beach - Gorran Haven

Cornwall (south coast)

Pretty coarse sand beach backed by steep sloping hill. Easy path down.

South West Devon (north coast) Flexbury - near Bude

Devon (north coast)

Small sandy coves with access from Bude or Northcott Mouth

South West Devon (north coast) Saunton Sands

Devon (north coast)

Enourmous, long, flat, wide sandy beach backed by dunes, near Ilfracomb

South West Devon (north coast) Wild Pear Beach - Exmoor

Devon (north coast)

Steep walk down to delightful little cove on north facing Exmoor coast

South West Devon (south coast) Official Budleigh Salterton

Official

Devon (south coast)

Western end of the main town beach. Well used. Pebble / shingle beach by cliffs.

South West Devon (south coast) Haven Cliff - Seaton

Devon (south coast)

Not as spectacular as other nearby beaches, but easy access along the seafront from the town centre

South West Devon (south coast) Petitor - Torquay

Devon (south coast)

Small cove below high cliffs near Torquay town centre. Beach and path down from cliffs suffers from rock falls.

South West Devon (south coast) Slapton Sands

Devon (south coast)

Near Dartmouth. Access via 1/3 mile walk along pebble beach backed by cliffs. Naturist camp site nearby.

South West Devon (south coast) Weston Mouth Beach - near Sidmouth

Devon (south coast)

1km flat walk, then steep downhill trail, to secluded beach

South West Dorset Burton Bradstock

Dorset

Picturesque sandy beach backed by low cliffs

South West Dorset Durdle Door - near Lulworth Cove

Dorset

Steep but safe path down, then 1/3 mile walk along a pebble beach backed by tall chalk cliffs

South West Dorset Closed Hengistbury Head

Closed

Dorset

Sandy beach below a low cliff on a headland south of Chichester Harbour. Seems abandoned by naturists.

South West Dorset Ringstead Bay

Dorset

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 Official Studland Beach - Purbeck

Official

Dorset

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 Swyre / Cogden Beach

Dorset

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

Wales Anglesey Newborough Warren - Malltraeth Bay

Anglesey

Large sandy beach, backed by pine forest, about 2km walk from car park

Wales Brigend Kenfig Burrows

Brigend

2km walk through low dunes to sandy beach, south of Port Talbot steel plant

Wales Carmarthenshire Cefn Sidan - Pembrey Forest Park

Carmarthenshire

Massive beach backed by pine forest, and dunes at the far end. Some council hostility to naturists.

Wales Carmarthenshire Marros - near Tenby

Carmarthenshire

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

Official

Gwynedd

Enormous sand dune backed sandy beach. 1 mile long 'official' area. Great for swimming. Long history of naturist usage

Wales Swansea Rhossili Bay - Gower Peninsula

Swansea

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

Swansea

Large, hidden, quiet sandy beach backed by dunes and pine forest. Greate sea views.

North West Cumbria Walney Island - near Barrow-in-Furness

Cumbria

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

North West Lancashire Closed Formby Point - near Liverpool

Closed

Lancashire

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

Warning

Lancashire

Pretty NT beach north of Liverpool. Police/Council hostility. Be very discreet.

Scotland Fife Kinshaldy Beach

Fife

SE of Dundee. Long sandy beach, backed by dunes and forest. Walk about 1km either south or north of the access point

Scotland North Ayrshire Official Ardeer

Official

North Ayrshire

Official. SE of Glasgow. Long beach. Gritty sand backed by concrete breakwater.

Scotland North Ayrshire Official Cleat's Shore - Isle of Arran

Official

North Ayrshire

Official. Very remote. Very quiet.

North East Northumberland Druridge Bay

Northumberland

North of Newcastle. Sandy beach backed by dunes. Shallow sea.

North East Northumberland Ross Back Sands

Northumberland

Big sandy beach backed by dunes. Near Lindisfarne / Holy Island, between Edinburgh and Newcastle

East Coast Lincolnshire North Cotes - Northcoates Point - near Grimsby

Lincolnshire

Access along the sea wall path from Horseshoe Point car park now fine

East Coast Yorkshire Warning Fraisthorpe Sands

Warning

Yorkshire

Sandy beach with low clay cliffs south of Bridlington. Continued Council hostility to naturists.

East Anglia Essex St. Osyth - near Clacton-on-Sea

Essex

Shingle. Not the prettiest beach, but very popular due to location. See trip reports.

East Anglia Norfolk Official Holkham Bay

Official

Norfolk

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

Norfolk

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

East Anglia Suffolk Corton Sands - near Lowesoft

Suffolk

North of Lowesoft. Not the prettiest beach. Its 'official' status has been withdrawn, but its still used.

Ireland Dublin Corballis

Dublin

Sandy beach north of Dublin

Ireland Dublin Whiterock - Dalkey

Dublin

Ireland Kerry Inch Beach - Dingle Peninsular

Kerry

Long sandy beach backed by sand dunes.

Ireland Munster Inchidonney - Clonakilty Bay - near Cork

Munster

Quiet coves, SW of Cork

Ireland Munster Long Strand - Owenahincha - near Cork

Munster

Sand dune backed beach. SW of Cork

Ireland Wexford Curracloe - Wexford

Wexford

Long sandy beach backed by woods. North of Wexford

Ireland Wicklow Brittas Bay (Sallymount)

Wicklow

Sandy beach beacked by dunes south of Dublin

Spain Costa Brava Official Boadella Beach - Lloret de Mar

Official

Costa Brava

Official. Beautiful sandy cove. Beach Cafe. Easy walk from free parking.

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