St Osyth Beach

  • St Osyth Beach - Essex
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  • St Osyth Beach - Essex
    © terry joyce and licensed for reuse under this Licence
  • St Osyth Beach - Essex
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  • Generally known as St. Osyth naturist beach this shingle beach stretches for a couple of miles between the holiday park and up to the Lee-Over-Sands hamlet. A little off the beaten track, and a 20 minute walk from the nearest parking, the beach here is usually quiet and largely frequented by naturists and dog walkers.

    The beach at St Osyth is unofficially divided into gay and straight nudist areas. Sand dunes behind the beach offer a little more privacy.

    Type of beach

    Sand & pebble

    Lifeguard service


    Dogs friendly beach?

    Dogs allowed

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    Nudist/naturist beach


    Nearest town


    OS grid ref.

    TM 1108 1234

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    St Osyth Beach Reviews

    A pleasant beach to enjoy without clothes

    Jul 19th 2022

    The beach is reasonably accessible to able bodied people from the nearby Hutleys free parking where you can find toilets, food, pub and even a Sunday market. Walk along the sea wall to the right (west) and you will arrive at some metal steps that get you over the sea wall and into the beach. The nude area starts after maybe 200 meters, there are no signs but are are far enough from the sea wall. The beach is made up of some sand, lots of pebbles and shingle, rocks and marsh mud. The mud is very messy - best avoided.
    The beach is backed by marsh land and almost flat san dunes covered in long grass and other low vegetation.  Users all seem to find a spot along the edge of the dunes so they are all mostly out of site from each other. The beach stretches for about 2 miles but at the far end is overlooked from some homes which are around 100 meters back. There are pleasant views out to sea and across the Blackwater estuary to Bradwell I enjoyed a couple of hours sunbathing and walking around naked before walking back to the car park. I put my clothes back on near the metal stairs. There are of course no facilities   My visit was on a warm Sunday but still reasonably quiet. I would defiantly recommend.

    Beware of the 'activities'

    Aug 17th 2022

    This beach has the feel of a forgotten and abandoned leftover from the much more developed Clacton up the road. Whilst you think you may be getting away from the crowds, it’s usually frequented by a number of naturists (nearly all male).
    Sadly some of these seem to persist in unpleasant behaviour amongst themselves. This is mainly in the area furthest to the south, behind the beach, so if you wish to steer clear of it, don’t walk too far along the beach. Either that or do as I did, and locate some more remote beach areas in the region.