The Beach Guide

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

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  • Swimming/bathing

Nudist/naturist beach


Nearest town



ME12 4RP

OS grid ref.

TR 0525 6834

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Shellness Beach Reviews

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?