Weston Mouth is an isolated beach on the East Devon coast between Sidmouth and Seaton. Its tradition of nude use is well known locally and has continued without significant problem for many years.
Plymouth to Axminster via Exeter St David’s.
Take the Axe Valley Mini Travel number 885 from Train Station (Southwest Bound) towards Seaton for Tramway Station (South Bound).
Access is possible on foot from the Coastal Footpath or from the hamlet of Weston.
From the car park, the coast is about a mile away via a footpath down Weston Combe, plus a further 1/4 to 1/2 mile to the naturist section. Follow the track from the NT car park, gently downhill until you reach the last field before the cliff top. At that point turn to the right down the slope, to where a short cliff path with "Cut In" steps leads down to the beach. The return is, of course steeply uphill and is unsuitable for the infirm, pushchairs or very young children on foot.
On reaching the beach, most naturists strike out to the West (Right). Nude use is often acceptable from a point about 100 yards beyond the slate-roofed former Coastguard building and as far as the headland. The farther end is the favoured place for gay males.
Some naturists also use the section of the beach to the East (Left) of the access - Especially at busier times when the traditional area can become (Relatively) crowded. On such days, the 'Textiles' in the centre of the beach are surrounded on both sides by the nudes.
Like almost all the beaches along this coast, this is a pebble/shingle beach that at high tide shelves quite steep. Swimmers are out of their depth within a few yards of the water's edge.
At lower tides the beach shelves gradually and some sand may be exposed. The cliffs provide shelter from Northerly offshore winds but the vegetation at the back of the beach affords little if any shade - Be prepared to provide your own protection. There is excellent coexistence between naturists and textiles, some of whom can be observed becoming naturists. This beach is largely free from 'Gawkers' and similar problems.
If you can make the hike, Weston would be an ideal place to experience beach nudity for the first time. You may safely walk nude as far as the western headland but please take care not to 'Confront' the occasional textile walker who may be appear with little warning from around the headland.
A sign was placed at the point where the coastal path meets the beach, it said: In order to avoid “Embarrassment” to family groups, naturists are asked to keep to the right hand side of this beach in an area 250 yards beyond this notice.
While this notice might have been put up with the best of intentions, a number of regular beach users have expressed their outrage at the implication that they are not families, are in some way unfit to mix with family groups and are an "Embarrassment". Others have pointed out that this notice has only the force of a "Polite Request" and cannot be enforced. The sign has appeared and disappeared at intervals since.
Of course, wish to act considerately in relation to other beach users. As at any naturist beach you are encouraged to remind those whose behaviour falls short of the normal high standards that giving offence to others is not acceptable.
There are no facilities on the beach or in Weston. Nearest facilities are in the village of Sidford.
Water quality is as good as anywhere along this coast and better than most.