The Beach Guide

Fairlight Glen Beach (Hastings)

Fairlight Glen Beach (Hastings) - East Sussex

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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.

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 »


Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town



TN35 4AD

OS grid ref.

TQ 8599 1087

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Fairlight Glen Beach (Hastings) Reviews

Nick Prince
May 19th 2019

This is one of the most beautiful spots in the world. Great for that all over sun tan

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