Saturday as predicted dawned bright and sunny,surprisingly after the torrential downpour during the night, the camping field showed little sign of the rain, apart from the odd puddle just by the drive. After a couple of cups of coffee we decided as this was going to be the best day weather wise, that we would make a visit the beach, so after a shower we got dressed and headed towards the coast.
Norfolk is host to many fine beaches but only one is designated as an official naturist beach and that is the beach at Holkham. We visited Holkham in 2011 during a stay at a clothed campsite in Wells and enjoyed a glorious naked day in the summer sun. Since then the powers that be at Holkham, the Crown Estate, did in 2012 ban naturism saying that it attracted undesirables.
It said “It became clear that although true naturists do not cause problems, a naturist beach inevitably attracts people who do indecent acts. With the increase in people misusing the naturist beach for this sort of behaviour, the estate felt that there was no option left but to take decisive action and ban all naturism”
The ban was lifted in 2013 but with restrictions placed upon people using that part of the beach.
The 2012 beach sign
We arrived at around 11am and headed for the beach. As with many naturist beaches in the U.K. you have to walk miles to get there,which is a definite non starter for the disabled,added to that to is there is virtually no toilet facilities either, so it shows once again how naturists get a rough deal. Luckily we’re able bodied but even so we needed a rest, when we reached the beach.
We stripped off,set up the windbreak which was difficult with the wind reaching almost gale force, even so it was still pleasant as the air temperature was warm. The sand blew along the beach and had we not had the windbreak we’d probably been sand blasted,we did however lose our newspaper as it made its way along the beach into the distance,after somehow getting itself out of the bag.With us both being responsible people we raced off and managed to retrieve the newspaper which had settled in a pool of water further along the beach.
After a time I decided it was time to go and have a swim and even though we were half way to the sea it still took best part of 10 minutes to reach the waves. The water was surprisingly warm and I swam around for about 15 minutes before deciding to return to the beach. Ginny then took her turn in the sea while I kept watch on the bags and after a hour or two we moved back, looking for shelter from the wind. We moved back knowing that the dunes were out of bounds and settled just in front where it was not half as windy.
Despite this within minutes a very polite warden came along and asked us to cover up or move back to where we’d just come from, saying dodgy characters appear in the dunes and this they want to stop. We covered up reluctantly and within 20 minutes we were on our way back to the car park, possibly never to return.
To be frank, its wrong to persecute naturists if they are doing nothing wrong, seeing people walking along the top of the dunes in their underwear to me is far more pervy than naked people using a naturist beach, in a normal way. Naturists are doing nothing wrong by just being there and being naked, its not sexual, it’s the ‘gawpers’ (people who stare openly in a stupid or rude manner) and the ‘meerkats’ who should be the ones that are asked to leave that part of the beach. This video shows just how windy it is on Holkham beach and why a little bit of shelter from the windy conditions wouldn’t go amiss !
Maybe fencing off the dunes would be a better option. However this maybe just a ruse of course,to rid the beach of all naturists so the estate can build the visitors centre they want to build.
Holkham has been in the news in the past few years for other things too that are non naturist related.
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