Fairlight Cove

Fairlight CoveDescription: A shingle beach on the south coast that can be almost impossible to get to, this beach used to be one of the nicest spots on the south coast until cliff erosion all but sealed it off.  There was a brief attempt to erect a flight of stairs down to the beach, but this to eventually collapsed and the last time I went there it was really hard to get to.

If anyone has any more up-to-date info on this then please let me know as I haven’t been there in a few years.  It’s a bit of a drive for me and I don’t want to go all the way down to the coast only to find there is no access.

When you can get there, however, it’s one of the loveliest places to go and get naked that I know of down south.  The beach is right in the middle of a site of special scientific interest, so the woodlands are almost untouched.  Although the nude area officially ends about halfway up the cliff, you regularly used to find the more adventurous beach users stripping off and dressing again where the beach path met the main coastal track, which was about half a mile further inland.

Personally I love the place, as it was the first place I ever went to be socially nude (i.e. outside of my own home and garden).  I’ll definitely go back next year, even if I have to climb down the cliff to get there.

Location: Near Hastings.

Facilities:  Absolutely none, although there used to be a local who came and sold sandwiches on busy days.  There is a tea-room at the top of the cliff.


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  1. Tom

    I’ve been a few times over the years, the last time was last year, there is a group who maintain the steps, but a council sign that warns that you use the steps at your own risk. I usually get and stay naked near the main road as the the only people you usually meet on the track are other nudists. There are quite a few benches along the path from the cliff for those that tire quickly to have a breather.

    I remember my first time there, I had just moved to Hastings with a friend and one day I was bored and decided to take a walk down the beach from the St. Leonards end towards the Old Town, when I got to the Old Town, I saw the rocks and stuff and decided to climb and investigate this area as I hadn’t been there before. After climbing and walking further along, I climbed over a big rock and looked up to see this guy standing there totally naked, I was like ‘what the hell’. I looked part him and saw loads of naked people, I had no idea there was a naturist beach there. At that time I had not really done any proper social nudity, but I just went for it and took my shorts off. I spent a lot of the time there that day on my front as I found it hard (literally) my first time there as there was in those days lots of people there and quite a few nice young ladies, I was only a young lad at the time.

    Seems almost deserted there now whenever I’ve gone in the last few years.


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