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Beaches in Sussex

The following beaches have traditionally been used by naturists. Beaches are listed from West to East.

The code at the end of each entry is the Ordnance Survey Grid Reference – some of these are quite approximate. There is also a link to on-line tide tables (provided by the BBC) for each beach – just click on Tides. Similar links to local weather forecasts will be added shortly.
We intend to add further information regarding access, usage, etc for each beach as resources permit.


West Beach (Bracklesham Bay) – west of Selsey – OS Ref SZ835940 Tides

Church Norton - south of Pagham Harbour – SZ875954 Tides

Atherington – near Climping – TQ005005 Tides

West Beach – west of Littlehampton harbour – TQ025010 Tides

Portslade Beach (near Shoreham-by-Sea) – TQ260045 Tides More details


Brighton Black Rock Beach.  Officially opened in 1980. Probably the easiest beach for access as there are car parks (on-street metered parking on Marine Parade and Madeira Drive, or a multi-storey car park at the nearby Brighton Marina) and a terminus of the Volks Electric Railway nearby.  The ease of access also makes this a very public beach. – OS Ref TQ330034 Tides

Telscombe – East of Saltdean – TQ390015 Tides

Tide Mills – between Newhaven and Seaford – TQ460001 Tides

Seaford Head – south of Seaford – TV495977 Tides

Cuckmere Haven – east of Seaford Tides

Birling Gap, near East Dean west of Eastbourne.  At the foot of the Seven Sisters cliffs, a short distance West of the steps leading down from the NT car park at the old coastguard cottages west of Beachy Head.  Shingle and chalk (a very slippery “wave cut platform”).  Can become very warm as the beach is backed by high chalk cliffs that provide shelter from the wind  and reflect back the sunlight. -  TV551961 Tides More details

Pevensey Bay / The Crumbles – Not known whether this beach is still suitable for naturism since the building of the Soveriegn Harbour marina complex- TQ647020 Tides

Normans Bay – West of Bexhill – TQ695058 Tides

Bulverhythe – between Bexhill and St Leonards – TQ770080 Tides

Fairlight Glen near Hastings.  A popular naturist beach nestled beneath the Hastings Country Park between Hastings and Fairlight. – TQ853106 Tides More details

Winchelsea – South of Rye Harbour nature reserve – TQ940175 Tides More details

Camber Sands – west of Camber – OS Ref TQ952184 Tides