The hidden British beach where clothing is optional but beauty is guaranteed

By Staff

The remote stretch of coast can only be reached on foot

Tucked away on the East Sussex coastline lies a beach that is as beautiful as it is remote.

Off the beaten track between Hastings and Winchelsea, the picturesque Fairlight Glen, also known as Covehurst Bay can only be accessed via steep steps. Adventurers who can take on the trek, however, will be rewarded with stunning scenery and incredible views out across the water.

The secluded beach, surrounded by forest, is a peaceful spot, so quiet, in fact, that it has a dedicated nudist beach, for those who want to throw caution to the wind by the coast.

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The trek, a winding journey through woodland and rocky paths, comes with warnings about its dangers. A sign at the top of the trail cautions: “Should you choose to make your own way down to the beach – you do so at your own risk.”

At low tide, a sandy beach is revealed, but at other times the shingle beach is scattered with large boulders. Ideal for those seeking peace and quiet, there are no facilities or buildings on either on the beach or in the country park on the cliffs above.

A true escape back to nature, the return journey involves a steep uphill climb, making this quiet corner of the country unsuitable to beach lovers with mobility issues.

For experienced adventurers, there’s an exciting but dangerous walk along the beach from Covehurst Bay to Hastings. This hour-long walk is only feasible at low tide, and even then it can be risky as the water rises quickly when it comes in and can leave you stranded so be sure to always check the tide times and have a fully charged phone with you.

Only accessible by foot, Covehurst Bay is one of the few wilderness beaches that remain in the UK. Visitors who have already discovered the peace and tranquillity of the place have left delighted reviews on Tripadvisor.

One intrepid explorer described it as “the most secluded beach in the South East.”

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