Today we ventured out once again in the glorious summer sunshine and headed this time to a beach we hadn’t yet visited.Bradwell on Sea is on the Dengie Peninsula in Essex and more well-known for the nuclear power station and saxon church than it is for its beaches.Bradwell beach is on the Blackwater estuary and isn’t a official naturist beach but it is a beach that has been used by naturists for many years.
To get there turn right at Bradwell’s one and only fuel station and garage on the outskirts of the village. Follow the signs to “St Peter’s Chapel”. Park at the Chapels free public car park at far end of East End Road. Take the footpath to the Chapel which is well worth a visit. It’s reputed to be the oldest standing Christian building in the UK, built by St Augustine during the Roman occupation, on the site of a Roman Fort. After the Chapel, walk on toward the sea wall and turn left (North-ish) just before you get wet.
Keep to the footpath along the sea wall with the sea to your right! After half a mile or so from here the sea wall surface is concreted. Follow the concrete sea wall until it finishes. Twenty yards on there is a sandy path down onto the beach. Continue along the beach until you’re roughly in line with a World War Two pill-box.
The “Unofficial” naturist beach is generally acknowledged to start here, and as with all unofficial naturist beaches it continues until the next textiled family which in my regular experience is about two miles further up the beach(directions supplied by William).We settled down just near the beginning of the beach and hardly saw another soul all day.Except for a woman dog walker with a rucksack a man with a bike and two other naturists we were left alone to enjoy the sunshine,to look at the grounded barges and watch the tide come in.The good thing was that the clothed people never really took any notice of our nakedness and just politely said morning or acknowledged our general exsistance.The sea when it eventually came in did look a little bit “scummy” more probably because of the river mud than anything but this did not spoil our enjoyment as we marvelled in the tranquility of this secluded spot.
We managed a short walk along the beach spotting Mersea, Brightlingsea and St Osyth on the other side of the estuary.Hopefully these photos give a good idea of what the surroundings are like.