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Best nudist beaches in the UK to embrace your nakedness at

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Does your Christmas or New Year’s tradition dictate that you take an icy dip, to ready yourself for the year to come? Try one of these beautiful nudist UK beaches, if you’re feeling extra brave.

How often do you just hang out naked? Maybe padding around your flat in the nude is normal to you, a pro in spending time in your own skin. Maybe you share your home with housemates and live for those elusive moments of quiet when everyone’s out and you have the place to yourself, delighting in the novelty of swanning around without a stitch on. Or maybe, being naked really isn’t your thing: it can feel exposing and vulnerable, even if you’re alone. 

Well, in the spirit of embracing ourselves just as we are, we’re stripping back and stripping off to get comfortable with our bodies in the purist sense. As far as we’re concerned, there’s nothing more beautiful than the female form and if you feel like getting more in touch with yours, we’ve found a very freeing way to do it. 

Although Britain might not be the first place you think of for a beach holiday, the UK is actually home to a wealth of sandy dunes and dramatic coastlines that would put the Maldives to shame (well, kind of). What’s more, a surprising number of them are nudist friendly, making them the perfect place to get your kit off in a setting designed for it: after all, walking down Oxford Street starkers could get you in a spot of bother. 

We’ve picked our favourites from a selection of locations across the country and think heading to one is not only a great excuse for a staycation, but could be a new way to reconnect with yourself

Perran Bay, Cornwall 

You’ll find the golden sands of Perranporth on Cornwall’s north coast. This gorgeous beach is pretty huge, and is backed by the dunes of Penhale Sands. Naturists are invited to use the northern part of the three-mile long beach, but not the dunes, and beach patrol are in operation to ensure the rules are stuck to.

If you’re into surfing, be sure to bring your board, as the beach is known for some pretty good waves (although we’d recommend wearing a wet suit for that!).

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Morfa Dyffryn, Wales

Morfa Dyffryn naturist beach

The sandy dunes of Morfa Dyffryn are the perfect place to peel off your clothes when the sun comes out, being recognised as one of Wales’ prettiest nudist beaches and attracting attention from nudists all over the world.

It sits on the outskirts of Dyffryn Ardudwy, a small village in the area of Gwynedd, which serves as a peaceful escape for anyone hoping to escape the city. It sits alongside a few other villages, and has some fascinating historical sites, like the Grade II listed St Dwywe’s Church. It has been built on an ancient mound, and is said to sit at the tip of a straight line which runs through the area, suspected to be a prehistoric man made structure relating to the summer solstice.

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Studland Bay, Dorset 

Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK
Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK

This spectacular coastline is full of dramatic rock faces and sandy dunes, perfect for an afternoon stroll in the buff. This Dorset naturist hot spot is one of the most popular in the country according to the National Trust. 

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Brighton Beach, East Sussex 

Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK
Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK

If there was ever to be a city with a nudist beach, it would be Brighton. This progressive, flamboyant and utterly free pocket of England is known for its thriving LGBTQ+ community and encourages all those who visit to embrace their true selves. So, it doesn’t surprise us that it’s actually home to the first nudist beach in the UK, opening in 1980.

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Cleats Shore, Isle of Arran

Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK
Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK

Scotland’s chilly conditions might not sound the most appealing when considering places to go for a clothe-less roam, but Cleats Shore’s spotless sands might be enough to change your mind. 

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Porthzennor Cove, Cornwall

Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK
Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK

The rocks at Porthzennor Cove not only contribute to the striking coast line, but they also shelter the beach from harsh south-west winds. Maybe that’s why this sandy spot has become an unofficial naturist beach, protecting those who embrace going au naturale there from getting too nippy.

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Budleigh Salterton, Devon

Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK
Best naturist and nudist beaches in the UK

Devon’s Budleigh Salterton beach is characterised by its two kilometers of pebbles that acts as the mouth of the famous Jurassic Coast. Although pretty to look at, make sure you don’t slip as we can’t imagine they’d be the softest landing spot while in the nude. The area has a fascinating history, with climbing sandstone formations that date back to the Triassic period, about 240 million years ago. Because of this, and the beaches three cafes, it tends to be a pretty popular spot with tourists - but don’t worry, the far western area is one of Devon’s most popular spots for naturists too. 

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Megan Murray is a digital journalist for stylist.co.uk, who enjoys writing about London happenings, beautiful places, delicious morsels and generally spreading sparkle wherever she can.

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