Fairlight Glen Beach (Clothing Optional) – Free Body Culture

Fairlight Glen Beach (Clothing Optional)


The Beach

The beach is shingle along its length and reasonably narrow. It shelves quite steeply down to the sea – you’ll definitely want to bring something to lie on and some shoes / sandals if you’re planning to move about the beach.

From the access path to the beach, there is around 1.5 km of perfectly usable beach as you head East, so plenty of space for everyone – although the beach gets quieter the further you go from the access path. There are some reasonably large rocks on the beach itself, but its possible to get around these without too many problems.

There is a path which runs directly above and behind the beach which may be helpful if you’re planning to head East from the access path and don’t fancy walking along the shingle.

The beach is sheltered and safe for swimming, although the water shelves very quickly which might be a problem for less strong swimmers. This also sometimes leads to waves breaking quite abruptly, which again might be a problem for some.

There are no facilities on the beach. The nearest public toilets are in the car park.


The beach has been long established for naturism and has a couple of DIY ‘FKK’ signs in place along the access path. It isn’t currently ‘official’ (not that that makes any difference) but has been in the past. When I’ve visited the beach has been mixed between naturists and non naturists – but with naturists in the majority. As you go further East from the access path, the beach becomes progressively more naturist.

The Beach Guide

Fairlight Glen is a popular naturist beach, also enjoyed by non-naturist visitors.  It is found in a suitably secluded location overlooking Covehurst Bay a mile or so east of Hastings. Whilst people do swim here, bear in mind that there are hidden rocks submerged in the surf and that there is no lifeguard service. The nearest car park from the beach is at the Hastings Country Park Visitor Centre, where there are also toilets, café and an information centre, about a 20 minute walk from the beach along a fairly steep and somewhat hazardous path. Alternately, the beach can be walked too from Hastings along a cliff-top path but this does not avoid the climb down. Once you’ve reached Fairlight Glen keep an eye on the tide times – there is only the one path up on to the cliff top, so don’t wander too far along the beach if the tide is coming in! The Hastings Country Park Nature Reserve, a designated Special Area of Conservation, which backs the beach, is popular with walkers. It is also an excellent place for getting closer to nature, as there are plenty of lovely wild flowers to be seen here in spring and summer, and many interesting species of bird migrate here in the spring and autumn.

Also known as:

Covehurst Bay

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs are allowed on the beach from 1st October until 30th April East Sussex dog friendly beaches »


  • Swimming/bathing

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town



TN35 4AD

OS grid ref.

TQ 8599 1087


There are several car parks situated adjacen to the beach. Source: https://www.thebeachguide.co.uk/south-east-england/east-sussex/fairlight-glen-hastings.htm

South East England


United Kingdom




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