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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?
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!
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.