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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