Naturists, also known as nudists, are people who enjoy activities — including walking, cycling, sunbathing and swimming — in the nude.

There’s no need to be concerned if you meet naturists.

Simply being naked in a public place is not against the law. It doesn’t amount to “indecent exposure”, contrary to popular belief. We’re naturists, not flashers.

Police call handlers have instructions to explain to anyone who calls to report naturist walkers or ramblers that no offences are being committed and that no police attendance is necessary. If you’d like to know more, visit policing.

There is no evidence that naturism—or the sight of a naked person or people walking or rambling—is in any way harmful to children or, for that matter, adults.


Naturism is increasingly popular as more people find it boosts a sense of well-being, freedom and happiness, and so is good for their physical and mental health. If you would like more information, visit British Naturism’s web site:

This information is also available as a download from the BN website for you to print out and carry with you, or save to an electronic device such as a mobile phone, and as a pre- printed leaflet that you can order from the BN shop.