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Back in July, the weather forecast looked good (and having visited before), we headed across from Manchester to one of the best naturist beaches in the UK. Barebeaches book provides the following info:
“The is Wales’ finest nude beach and one of Britain’s favourites. With an inspiring location in the Snowdonia National Park it attracts naturists from across the country and even visitors oversees. The golden expanse of sand shelves gently into the sea, providing perfect conditions for swimming: water quality is excellent. The extensive dunes behind the shore form part of a national nature reserve. Fine vistas across the bay to the Lleyn Peninsular and glimpses of distant mountain peaks inland”.
Sounds great doesn’t it? It is. Almost.
The beach is located north of Barmouth on the A496 (the coast road). Almost exactly four miles from central Barmouth you’ll come across the village of Tal-y-bont. Drive through Tal-y-bont and over a narrow bridge. Shortly after this bridge you’ll come across a road down to the beach on the left-hand side (signposted ‘Traeth Beach’ and Dyffryn Seaside Estate). Follow this road down to the first car park. Here there is a road to the right signposted Dyffryn Seaside Estate. Drive into the campsite and turn left at the small roundabout. Here we paid £2 to leave the car all day. There is a small shop where you can buy provisions.
To get to the naturist section, take the path at the top of the car park which takes you through a cut in the sand dunes. Once you get to the beach, turn right. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the naturist section and is marked by official notice posts (the large number of naturists will also inform you that you are there!).
Most beach-goers tend to congregate at the start of the naturist section and there was around 100 – 200 in total. We decided to continue walking along the beach were people were more spread out. This year we were more prepared for the wind that blows across this beach so set ourselves up with windbreak and parasol.
The beach is long and wide and when the tide is out you can walk a fair distance out in the shallow water or explore the small ‘heated’ pools along the beach. Here we sat and soaked up the sun whilst watching small hermit crabs in the shallow pools. All in all it is a lovely beach with a pleasant atmosphere – families playing in sea, beach-goers of all ages chatting, and people flying kites.
However, as mentioned in my previous blog there is also an atmosphere of lewd sexual behaviour (particularly with men congregating in the sand dunes). Although the day we were there, the activity actually happened on the beach. Right next to us.
A few hours after we arrived, a middle aged couple arrived and set up to our right – our wind break meant that we could see them until we wandered down to the sea. On coming back from a refreshing dip, I noticed that the man was quite clearly masturbating his partner whilst she say on her back. You would think they would stop having been caught so to speak but instead nonchalantly carried on! What is it with some people?! Can we not go to the beach and enjoy a few hours sunbathing naked without the need to witness this kind of behaviour? No wonder naturists get a bad name (and which led to the closure of Holkham Beach).
If anyone has been to Morfa before we’d love to hear from you! What was your experience?
Some of you may have my post about my first trip to Waterworld back in November 2011, well after missing out for a year (they only take place three times per year), I managed to attend the session on Saturday 9th March. If you missed the first post, click here.
The session is organised by Wirral Naturists and is a fantastic experience for anyone looking to enjoy the spills and thrills of the ‘UK’s No.1 Indoor Tropical Aqua Park’ in the nude!
I attended the session on my own after a friend who was due to attend pulled out at the last minute. This would have been their first public nude experience and after changing their mind throughout the day, decided that it was too much. I thought that this was a real shame as the reason behind it was due to a lack of body confidence. If anything can help with improving your own body confidence, then naturism surely is one of them. Naturism is a great leveller, and although it can be nerve wracking the first time, the joy of being naked, in company, or on your own is a fantastic feeling.
Once parked up, I was greeted at reception by volunteers from Wirral Naturists which is also the location of the licensed bar area (fully naturist). Wirral Naturist Club had organised a tombola, whilst British Naturist Society were selling various books, DVDs and car stickers.
Once inside the pool area, there is a wide choice of facilities available including:
* Children’s Aqua Splash Jungle House
* Wild Water Rapids
* Bubble Pool
* Super Flumes
* Space Bowl
* Aqua Assault Course
* Wave Pool
* Poolside Café
At my previous visit, I estimated that there was around 300 – 400 people in attendance. I think this event there was probably around 200 or so. Again there was a good mix of genders and ages.
Although a fairly confident person, I do struggle with approaching people to talk to so other than a few nods and smiles, I spent the evening on my own. In an attempt to meet people, I thought I’d have a drink at the pool side cafe. However, upon sitting down at a free table and placing down my hot cup of tea, the table came crashing down around me! With an almighty crash, I was surrounded by bits a plastic, the remains of my tea and the focus of a load of bemused/concerned onlookers. To be honest, the table incident actually helped as an icebreaker and I was soon chatting to those on the next table!
The Waterworld sessions are great and I thoroughly recommend them to anyone. If you are interested, click here for the Wirral Naturists website.
FYI – the next one’s in November. Hope to go again, but this time I’ll be more careful where I put down my drink!
After the excess of Burning Man, we were ready for a few days rest before ending our holiday in San Francisco, so we stayed two nights at the gorgeous Lake Tahoe, home of our third and final naked adventure.
We stayed at Zephyr Cove RV Campground in South Lake Tahoe. It is a lovely spot, just across the road from the lake itself, with good shower/toilet facilities. We did feel a little under-equiped as we parked up alongside 35 foot RVs (especially one covered in Playa Dust!). At using the showers, we had a meal in the restaurant next to the campground before falling asleep listening out for bears in the woods!
After a good nights sleep (we were so, so tired!), it was time to check out the local nudist beach.
Secret Cove, Lake Tahoe
I’d spent a bit of time researching where the exact location of this beach is but too be honest none could help me locate the exact spot. I think that the name of the cove changes depending on which website you read (some call it Secret Beach, some Secret Cove, some Paradise Cove, etc). What I can say is that it is definitely called Secret Cove and it is gorgeous!
In terms of directions, we took the Interstate 50 north from Zephyr Cove, then turned north up the Interstate 28 towards North Lake Tahoe. About 5km along this road, you’ll come to a line a cars parked on the left hand side before arriving at Chimney Beach Parking Lot on the left (with a small overspill on the right). I knew that Chimney Beach was too far north, so we turned round here and parked up with the others cars that we had just past. Here we spotted a path going down towards the Lake. Taking a right (North) we picked a more well-trodden path and soon came across a sign for Secret Cove.
After following the path for a further 10 minutes or so we were greeted by the view of the cove. I don’t think that the pictures can do it justice – it is amazing. Crystal-clear waters, soft sand/shingle beach, pine trees – everything about this place was picturesque.
The actual beach is quite small, meaning that the 50 or so people there are quite close together. Some may find this a bit uncomfortable – especially given American’s way of constantly talking to you – it certainly was different to the more quieter beaches we’ve experienced in Portugal and Spain.
There was a good mix of people on the beach – mostly couples and families, some older single men, people relaxing after Burning Man, small group of gay men (located further south along the beach) as well as a small group of young girls (who seemed to be trying naturism for the first-time. They actually commented that this was their Burning Man – if only they knew!). Everyone was really friendly – we were offered some melon from a fellow beach goer.
The water was really refreshing, given the heat of the mid-day sun and it was really nice not to feel all salty after you normally feel after a day at the beach.
I think this is my favourite beach I’ve ever been to – certainly a 10/10.
If any of you have been here, we’d love to hear from you!
Apologies for the delay in posting recently, been very busy as well as suffering from post-holiday blues! Having saved up for months and months, me and my amazing wife went on holiday to America. I won’t bore you all with how fantastic it was (it really was fantastic!), instead I’ll focus on the naked adventures we had:
Living Waters Spa, Desert Hot Springs
After checking out Las Vegas and the Grand Canyon we picked up our hire car and drove West towards Los Angeles (via an overnight stop at Living Waters Spa).
When booking the accommodation (email, couple of telephone calls) we were sent our booking confirmation with a note at the bottom that said ‘no check-in after 5.00pm’. At the time of booking we thought nothing of this and it was only as we were still an hour away from our destination (at about 4.30pm) that we thought anything of it.
Surely there would be someone there to let us in?
How can they say no check-in after 5.00pm?
What if you arrive on a late flight?
Arriving at 5.30pm excited at the prospect of enjoying the ‘award winning European-style clothing optional spa’ we were greeted by a locked door. No sign, no note, nothing. Having knocked on every door we could find, we started to panic. The sun was going down and we had nowhere to stay. Fortunately, we found a public payphone at a local supermarket (where, incidentally, they sold the biggest sandwiches I’ve ever seen!) and managed to get hold on a member of staff. After explaining why we were late we arranged to meet back at Living Waters to check in – it felt like being back at school again!
We were shown to our en-suite room (with fridge and microwave) and left to get on with it, before heading back to the supermarket to pick up food for the evening.
Back at the motel and with the food and wine flowing, we were able to relax at this lovely place. The view from the motel is amazing, especially at dusk. There were two other couples booked in but they were both out for the evening so it felt like the whole place was ours – total bliss! Enjoying the pool and hot tub whilst looking up at the stars was an amazing experience I’ll never forget.
After a good nights sleep (the 10 hour round trip to the Grand Canyon really takes it out of you!), we made our way to the breakfast room. A selection of cereals and bagels was available as well as a help-yourself-as-much-as-you-want range of beverages through-out the day.
In the heat of the sun, we sat and read, took leisurely swims, sat in the mineral-fed hot tub and watched a hummingbird feeding from the plants in and around the pool.
I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this place, just remember to turn up on time!
For more information, click here
** Photography is not allowed inside the motel, but I had to sneak a couple for this blog!**
This past weekend has been amazing. This is what happened…….
Friday 25th May
Enjoyed the evening sun (and a few pints) at the roof terrace of the Bridge, Bridge Street in Manchester. The roof terrace is small but nice and quiet compared to the hundreds of people out around Spinningfields. We actually thought it would make an amazing naturist retreat (not overlooked, sun trap) – just needs a hot tub in the corner!
Saturday 26th May
Spent a lovely few hours soaking up the sun in the back garden. Managed to erect some screening to allow for a spot of naked sunbathing – Bliss!
I then went to a naturist swim organised by North West Naturists at Fit City Worsley in Walkden, Salford. There was around 40 people at the swim, mainly aged 40 years plus, although there was a good number of couples and a handful of younger folks.
On arrival, I was greeted at the door by one of the organisers, signed in, paid my £10 and shown where the facilities were. We had the full use of the venue which included a large pool, smaller ‘learner pool’, sauna and steam room. The organisers also set up a small area for refreshments. Everyone I spoke to was really friendly and will definitely go again. For more information about North West Naturists, click here.
Sunday 27th May
Waking up to another day of beautiful sunshine, we decided to travel over to Morfa Dyffryn naturist beach in North Wales.
The beach is located north of Barmouth on the A496 (the coast road). Almost exactly four miles from central Barmouth you’ll come across the village of Tal-y-bont. Drive through Tal-y-bont and over a narrow bridge. Shortly after this bridge you’ll come across a road down to the beach on the left-hand side (signposted ‘Traeth Beach’ and Dyffryn Seaside Estate). Follow this road down to the first car park. Here there is a road to the right signposted Dyffryn Seaside Estate. Drive into to campsite and turn left at the small roundabout. Here we paid £2 to leave the car all day. There is a small shop where you can buy provisions.
To get to the naturist section, take the path at the top of the car park which takes you through a cut in the sand dunes. Once you get to the beach, turn right. It’s about a 10 minute walk to the naturist section as is marked by official notice posts (the large number of naturists will also inform you that you are there!).
The weather was gorgeous (if a little windy. NB. recommend that you take a wind break), and there was a good number of naturists enjoying the sun (maybe around 100 in total). At the start of the naturist section, most beach-goers were couples in their 40 – 50’s or families with young children. The further along the naturist section, there was an increase in gay males. There was a fair amount of men in the sand dunes but saw no inappropriate sexual behaviour. Journey from Manchester took around 2 hours but was definitely worth it and we look forward to going back again this summer.
If any of you have been to Morfa Dyffryn, we’d love to hear from you!
Next up…. Manchester Naked Bike Ride on Friday 1st June!
On Friday night I went to my first naturist swim at Levenshulme swimming baths. The event was organised by the people behind Naked Vegan Cooking who had booked the second pool and access to the steamroom/sauna.
Levenshulme Swimming Baths were built in the late 19th century and was formerly called “Levenshulme Public Baths and Washhouse” as it also housed the public washhouse at the side. In the late 1920s and early 1930s Levenshulme Baths was used as a training pool for Longsight resident Sunny Lowry, who, in 1933, was the first British woman to swim the English Channel (from France to England).
In April 2008 the Manchester Evening News reported an ‘outrage’ by local mothers, over Levenshulme Baths hiring one of their two pools to a private naturist group Naked Swim one night a week. The criticism, with homophobic undertones, created an unprecedented amount of discussion on the Manchester Evening News website much of it in support of the male-only naturist group.
We were asked to get there for 7.15pm for a 7.30pm start. When I arrived, there was a group of around 20 people waiting on the steps to get in. Once the lifeguard turned up, we paid Jess and in we went. Given the date of the building, the facilities are ok with changing cubicles located around the side of the pool. The majority of people their were male (probably around 70/30 males to females) with a fairly broad mix of ages. Although I didn’t try the sauna/steam room (non-naturist), the session was very relaxing and would definitely recommend it – by 9.00pm I didn’t want to leave!
On Thursday night, Channel 4 screened a documentary entitled ‘My Daughter The Teenage Nudist’.
The programme explored the growing group of teens and twentysomethings embracing the world of public nudity. In addition to their quest to normalise nudity, question the media’s obsession with the body beautiful, and encourage other young people to liberate themselves, it was interesting to see the Young British Naturist Officer trying to recruit younger members to the British Naturist Society. I think that most young people are simply keen to have fun, spontaneous approach to nudity rather than joining the seemingly old fashioned naturist clubs.
Click here for a link to the documentary.
If any of you are interested in going on a holiday or a beach where you can enjoy the delights of stripping off, please check out my other posts!
CNN have today released a list of their top 15 nude beaches. Click here for more information.
1. Jerolim beach, Croatia
The Bare Beaches book provides the following information about Jerolim –
“The whole of this rocky islet is a naked paradise – no clothes anywhere apart from the bar. Small ferry boats make regular crossings from the historic town of Hvar – it only takes 10 minutes.
There is no accommodation on the island but Hvar town is a beautiful place to stay”.
Hvar is Croatia’s fourth largest island, and it is a long but comparatively skinny island that spans about 70 kilometers from east to west. The island’s three principal towns are located toward the western end of Hvar, and Hvar town is the largest of these. The Paklinski Islands are an archipelago of much smaller islands that extend westward from Hvar town, and two of the islands in particular—Jerolim and Stipanska—are popular day-trip destinations for nudists, with boat shuttles connecting the islands to Hvar town.
2. Praia de Galheta, Santa Cantarina, Brazil
About 20 kilometers south of Florianopolis in the Brazilian state of Santa Caterina, this white sand beach attracts die-hard naturists and the nude-curious alike.
Praia de Galheta is a naturally preserved area, with no restaurants or other buildings nearby – so take a packed lunch.
The Association of the Friends of Galheta lobbies and looks out for the interests of nature and naturism on the beach.
3. Naturist beach, Marinadi Camerota, Campania, Italy
A 300-meter strip of shingle beach near Marina di Camerota, in the Campania region, has recently been designated naturist-friendly.
On the southern side of the Cilento National Park, the clear waters of this quiet coast will feel like a breath of fresh air.
Marina di Camerota is 90 kilometers south of Salerno and the naturist-designated beach (known as ‘del Troncone’) is south of Cala Finocchiaro.
4. Anantara Phuket Villas, Thailand
These luxurious villas – 83 of them in total — all come equipped with a private courtyard featuring a sunken pool and complete seclusion, which means you can take a naked dip to your heart’s content without fear of offending other guests or staff.
A pool villa starts from 13,500 baht (US$429) per night but check their website for discounts and deals. Click here for more details.
5. Naked cruising, Côte d’Azur
For something completely different, take a naked swim in the Mediterranean at any time of the day or night on a naturist cruise along the Côte d’Azur.
Cruises set off from Marseille and can be planned to suit your interests — if you’ve always wanted to sail around the Calanques au naturel, this is the holiday for you. All you need to do is persuade a group of family or friends to share the experience.
Cruises cost €110 (US$152) per person per day and usually last one week. Click here for more information.
6. Black’s Beach, La Jolla, California, United States
Black’s Beach is reckoned to be the best by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR). It’s a spectacular location below Torrey Pines golf course where a long stretch of sand is protected by steep cliffs.
The beach attracts naturists and surfers and is a well-established haven where San Diego’s anti-nudity law is not enforced. Click here for more information.
7. Racquet and Tennis Club, New York, United States
This private members club in the heart of New York City is a strange mixture combining the epitome of pro-establishment-conservatism with near-Nordic enlightenment.
While its members (it’s men-only, women are allowed entry for special events if accompanied by a male member) include the city’s great and ambitious (think bankers, lawyers and senior execs), its after-work men-only naked swimming sessions have become legendary.
Much has been conjectured over what really happens during the bare swims. They certainly provide New York’s businessmen with an opportunity to think outside the box.
370 Park Avenue, between East 52nd and 53rd Streets, New York
8. Lady Falls, Brecon Beacons, Powys, Wales
Listed in the Wild Swim book, Lady Falls is located amongst a multitude of bathing spots within Coed Y Rhaeadr (“wood of the waterfalls”). The ultimate for a skinny dip is one mile into the wood at the paths end: Lady Falls, a round pool surrounded by trees and steep banks, with the River Neath falling about 40ft from a huge-flat, overhanging ledge.
The Capella Pedregal in Cabo San Lucas, on the tip of the Baja California peninsular, has 66 rooms with an ocean view and a pool just for you. The luxury factor is incredible, so you’ll need to shower in the cold water rainforest shower to remind yourself it’s real.
An ocean-view room starts from US$375. Click here for more information.
Maslin Beach, south of Adelaide, was declared Australia’s first legal nudist beach in February 1975.
Maslin is one of the most popular and beloved nude beaches in Australia, and it is also one of the most beautiful. With multi-colored, barren cliffs in hues of red and brown, the backdrop is reminiscent of the scenery of northern Arizona and southern Utah, except with sparkling blue water in front. Few other beaches anywhere in the world have such a dramatic and gorgeous setting.
Click here for beach reports on the fantastic Cap’n Barefoot website. Scroll down to Karpaz beach.
While nude sunbathing is not permitted in Hawaii, there are some clothing-optional, nude and topless beaches where it’s accepted and tolerated — if not officially. Maui has more scope for quiet, secluded bays than Oahu, and Little Beach on Maui is a popular out-of-the-way cove in Makena State Park where you can swim, snorkel and lounge like a lizard in nothing but your sun-protection cream.
It’s recommended by the American Association for Nude Recreation (AANR) and there is a music and fire-dancing festival on Sundays. Click here for more information.
This exclusive boutique hotel, perched on the slopes of Pyrgos village overlooking Thira, the capital of Santorini, prides itself on the privacy of its 10 suites. With a private terrace and pool in each apartment, guests can feel free to let their hair down and abandon their bathers for an uninhibited swim in the solitude of their own pool. Ideal for honeymooners, the hotel also boasts a Turkish bath, which can be booked for private use. A junior suite with private pool costs from €240 (US$333) per night. Click here for more information.
Tokyo, despite being a massive city, has plenty of natural thermal springs. Try the Toshimaen Garden Spa, with its tranquil setting inside a garden designed by Kenzo Kosugi. If you want to get even more back to nature try the Seta Onsen Sanga-no-Yu, where you can contemplate views of Mount Fuji while soaking yours aches away.
There is a new clothing-optional swim at Levenshulme swimming baths on Monday 28th of November, 8pm to 9pm
£3 entry (please arrive before 8.00pm)
Under 30’s are especially welcome!
I’ll be going so keep checking for a review or maybe see you there!