Shellness Beach (Leysdown Naturist)

Shellness Beach - Kent
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Just under a mile along the coast from the resort of Leysdown-on-Sea, on the Isle of Sheppey, is Shellness. This is a world apart from its rowdy neighbour with just a few ramshackle beach chalets and old, land-bound boats.

Shellness beach is quite well known in these parts, and mainly on account of it being an official nudist beach. In the summer it can get quite busy here, however, for much of the rest of the year it can be quite empty.

Whilst I haven’t fact-checked this, it is quite probable the name of the beach refers to the largely sandy beach is covered with small sea shells above the tide mark.

Also known as:

Leysdown Naturist

Type of beach

Sand & shingle

Lifeguard service


Dogs friendly beach?

Dogs allowed

Kent dog friendly beaches »


  • Swimming/bathing

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town



ME12 4RP

OS grid ref.

TR 0525 6834

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Shellness Beach Reviews


Medway couple
Aug 12th 2020

Having visited this beach several times over the last couple of years as newbies, we have found it ok, yes there are the odd strange men that want to ogle and lurk nearby, but we ignore these…......, today was a totally different kettle of fish though!! We arrived at around 11.20, found a spot about 20 feet from the nearest couple who had windbreakers up around them and looked totally unassuming…........ oh but that couldn’t be further from the truth as we soon found out! Some random guy soon arrived and started talking to our “unassuming” neighbours, he had all the patter and small talk, he had been to every swinging and hedonistic place that ever existed on planet earth, by this time my partner and I were holding on to each other as tight as we could, frozen, not by fear but by the thought of him coming to harass us as well, so we pretended to be asleep, but still listening to the conversation next door, suddenly it went rather quiet…........then we heard bang bang bang, it was ok, it was just the husband of the couple putting the windbreaker right around them! Then all we could hear was ooh, aah, ooh and various panting from the female of the couple… Mr Random had done his deed, asked the female if she always gushed like that, to which she replied no, we were stifling our giggles, then the male from the couple said, right we’re going!! Mr Random said his goodbyes and off he went, the male of the couple not so happy then says to his wife, I love you, but this is not to happen again!! Quite an eventful afternoon, we’re still giggling about it now ???????????? For this reason alone we give it an entertainment value of five stars!!

could be nice

Jul 30th 2020

beach is lovely but shame people ruin it by having sex on beach in front of people
made us feel uncomfortable so we not been back

Jun 09th 2020

I have been a visitor to shellness for 3 years . The only naturist beach I go to.
I’ve never been when its crowded.  Always at least 30/40 feet to the nearest person.
No facilities , but Neptune beach cafe is now open .

What did we get wrong?