Our notes on places in and around the UK where you can go to get naked, whether official or unofficial. We will be talking about beaches, inland locations, walks, secluded spots, and maybe even clubs and landed organisations if we ever go to any. If you would like us to include your favourite place then please get in touch and either ask us to go there or send in a report (with photo).
At first sight, this small piece of land dedicated to clothes-optional recreation may look uninspiring, but its location is what makes this a bit special. Getting to Shellness beach is an exercise in believing the directions no matter how unlikely they may seem, so start by navigating your way to Leysdown on the Isle of Sheppey, then carry straight on east after the town along the coast road. When this appears to end you turn left, follow the road around a corner, and keep going. This last bit is the unbelievable bit as the road becomes a single-track unmade moon-scape that goes on for about half a mile before opening out into a series of parking areas off to the right, and a car park at the end. Park the car, then climb up the steep bank opposite, and the nude beach is right there.
The beach itself is a mix of stones and mud, with very solid dunes along the shore, so if golden sand is your thing you will be disappointed. But if all you want is somewhere to sit naked before heading off for a gorgeous walk through a nature reserve, then it's perfect.
The path at the end of the car park leads directly into miles and miles of walks through quiet shoreline countryside, and you can spend hours there just wandering, taking it all in. You rarely meet anyone, in fact it can be so quiet that getting naked there too is no problem, although remember that this is not a designated clothes-optional area so consider covering up again if you do meet someone.
The beach itself can be a little variable in demographics, so if you're looking for a family beach you may want to go on a Sunday in the school holidays, as during the week it can be a bit male dominated. The locals do self-police it though, so you rarely get any actual problems there.
The photo above was taken on a foggy but warm summer's day, and I spent most of the day wandering around the nature reserve just as naked as I had been on the beach.
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