Secluded UK beach is a natural paradise where clothing is optional

Covehurst Bay
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Nestled along the East Sussex coastline is a hidden gem, as breathtaking as it is secluded. Covehurst Bay can only be accessed on foot, but plenty of visitors embark on the journey to enjoy the rugged coastline and beach below.

Located between Hastings and Winchelsea, this peaceful stretch of beach greets walkers with awe-inspiring views as good as any you would find in the Med. Hidden out of sight amid a lush forest, the location is so private that it even has its very own nudist section for those wanting to fully embrace freedom.

The trek to the beach - a serpentine path through woods and rocky terrains - is not without its risks and a daunting message at the trailhead reads: "Should you choose to make your way down to the beach - you do so at your own risk."

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During low tide, the beach reveals an area of soft, golden sand but during other periods, the shingle beach is a natural oasis strewn with enormous boulders. Offering solitude for peace seekers, there are no facilities or modern buildings on the shore or in the nearby country park perched atop the cliffs.

While the view is well worth the rugged walk, the return trip involves scaling a steep incline, making this tranquil nook of England an ill-fit for beach lovers with mobility issues. For experienced walkers, there's a more intense trek from Covehurst Bay to Hastings. This walk, which takes roughly an hour, is only possible when the tide is low and caution is advised as the incoming tide can rise swiftly.

Covehurst Bay is a beautiful little beach, far removed from the more lively seaside resorts that East Sussex has to offer. Visitors who have already ventured out to this serene spot have shared glowing reviews on Tripadvisor, with one describing it as "the most secluded beach in the South East."

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