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Of the nine regions of England, the seven that are not along England's long southern coast are included on this page. Most of these locations are naturist retreats of the interior, but there is a small number of nude beaches as well. The best established and most popular of these beaches are located in the East of England, which is shaded in green in the map above. The other beaches are comparatively minor. Population density and climate may partially explain the relative lack of nude beaches in the north of England. For example, Cumbria and Northumberland, both of which border Scotland, are England's two least populated counties, and these two counties have summertime temperatures thats are markedly cooler than those in the more southerly realms. All but two of the beaches listed below are along the North Sea on the eastern side of England. The last two beaches are on the western side of England along the Irish Sea. Wales, which is not shown on the map above, abuts the West Midlands (shaded in orange) and a little of North West England. Parts of England, like the cities of Birmingham and Liverpool, are just as close or closer to the nude beaches of Wales than to the nude beaches within England.


GREATER LONDON      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Naturist Foundation    51.3948, 0.1407     E
          Orpington

EAST OF ENGLAND

Bedfordshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Blackthorns Sun Club    52.2345, -0.5150     E
          Sharnbrook

Cambridgeshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Cambridge Outdoor Club    52.3388, 0.1251     E
          Aldreth

     Croft Country Club    52.5604, 0.2168     E
          Three Holes, Wisbech

Essex      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      St. Osyth Beach   51.7700, 1.0615 
Located where the vast Thames Estuary meets the North Sea, this beach near Clacton-on-Sea is quite popular in spite of the long walk to the nude area. Some visitors pitch tents and camp in the dunes behind the beach. St. Osyth Beach is about 75 miles east-northeast of London.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Oakwood Sun Club    51.6274, 0.2280     E
          Noak Hill, Romford

     Pevors Farm Cottages    51.9627, 0.5733     E
          Southey Green, Sible Hedingham

     Springwood Sun Club    51.9123, 0.8370     E
          West Berhholt

Hertfordshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Diogenes Sun Club    51.6237, -0.5308     E
          Maple Cross, Rickmansworth

     Spielplatz    51.7175, -0.3562     E
          St. Albans

     The Sun-Folk Society    51.7156, -0.3567     E
          St. Albans

Suffolk      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Corton Sands   52.5077, 1.7515 
This beach north of Lowestoft has a small segment that was officially designated for naturist use until November of 2009, when that designation was withdrawn by local authorities for reasons apparently related to an excess of indiscreet behavior. So far, it seems that some naturists continue to visit despite the fact that this is no longer an official nude beach.

Norfolk      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Winterton Dunes   52.7394, 1.6790 
North of Great Yarmouth, the stretch of beach between the village of Winterton-on-Sea and the hamlet of Horsey is sporadically visited by nudists, with most nude sunbathing occurring in the dunes rather than on the open beach.

      Holkham Hall Beach   52.9758, 0.7849 
This vast beach on the north shore of Norfolk is within the property of the equally vast Holkham Hall Estate, the administrators of which have cooperated with naturists to designate part of the beach for nude use. Holkham Hall Beach is very popular and is generally praised as the best nude beach in the East of England for its ample dunes and beautiful sandy expanses.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Broadland Sun Association    52.5680, 1.3273     E
          Upper Stoke, Stoke Holy Cross

     Merryhill Leisure Club    52.6722, 1.1395     E
          Honingham, Norwich

EAST MIDLANDS

Leicestershire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Charnwood Acres Country Club    52.6645, -1.2726     E
          Ratby

Northamptonshire      MAP

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Adam's Retreat    52.1382, -1.1632     E
          Daventry

Nottinghamshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Nottingham Sun Club    53.0801, -1.1810     E
          Hucknall

YORKSHIRE AND THE HUMBER

East Riding of Yorkshire      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Fraisthorpe Beach   54.0332, -0.2161 
This beach near Bridlington has a long history of nude use and for a time was officially designated for naturist use, but that designation was revoked in the late 90's, reportedly due to an excess of indiscreet behavior. Over the years "No Nudity" signs have been erected by authorities, torn down by nudists and so on. Nude use of this beach has diminished but not vanished.

NATURIST RETREATS

     Yorkshire Sun Society    53.8189, -0.3224     E
          Wawne

North Yorkshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     White Rose Club    54.0520, -0.9926     E
          Flaxton

West Yorkshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Ashdene Naturist Club    53.6996, -1.8160     E
          Elland

NORTH EAST ENGLAND

Northumberland      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Druridge Beach   55.2748, -1.5705 
This beach in a rural area north of Newcastle Upon Tyne has traditionally been visited by a small number of nudists, but nudity is frowned upon by local authorities, so some discretion may be in order.

      Ross Back Sands   55.6391, -1.7772 
This expansive and very beautiful beach has a view of two medieval castles in the distance—one to the north, one to the south. Ross Back Sands is less than 20 kilometers south of the border of Scotland. Accessed through a remote hamlet, this beach gets very few visitors. Nudity is known to occur toward one end of the beach, but the entire beach is often deserted.

Tyne and Wear      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     TANDO    55.0043, -1.7650     E
          Newburn, Newcastle Upon Tyne

OTHER

     City Pool, TROC Naturist Evenings    54.9774, -1.6102 
          Newcastle Upon Tyne

NORTH WEST ENGLAND

Cheshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Springfield, Manchester Sun and Air Society    53.2542, -2.3894     E
          Swan Green, Nether Peover

Cumbria      MAP

NUDE BEACHES

      Roanhead Beach   54.1714, -3.2468 
All the previous beach listings on this page are North Sea locations. Roanhead Beach and nearby Walney Island Beach (see the next listing) are along the Irish Sea. Both Roanhead and Walney Island are expansive and sparsely attended beaches that draw a small number of nudists. These two beaches are in Cumbria, a mostly rural county north of Blackpool and south of the Scottish border. The two beaches are on opposite side of the mouth of an estuary, and in places the literal distance between them is just a quarter mile, but the driving distance is about 8 miles.

      Walney Island Beach   54.1479, -3.2713 
(See the previous listing.)

NATURIST RETREATS

     Lakeland Outdoor Club    54.1913, -3.3203     E
          Haverigg, Millom

     Solway Sun Club    54.9308, -2.9464     E
          Kingmoor, Carlisle

Lancashire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Lancashire Sun    53.6485, -2.8329     E
          Rufford, Ormskirk

PLACES TO STAY—GAY

     Pride Lodge    53.8218, -3.0500     E
          Blackpool

Merseyside      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Liverpool Sun and Air Society    53.3968, -2.7837     E
          Whiston, Prescot

WEST MIDLANDS

Shropshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Telford Naturist Club    52.6999, -2.4143     E
          Telford

     Wrekin View Naturist Club    52.8450, -2.6154     E
          Marchamley, Shrewsbury

Warwickshire      MAP

NATURIST RETREATS

     Woodlands Sun Club    52.4792, -1.6392     E
          Maxstoke


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