A naked ramble into the woods…

I dusted off my very rarely used Nordic Walking poles and decided to take advantage of the nice late September sunshine and take a little walk towards Harewood Forest on the outskirts of Andover, Hampshire UK.

The Nordic Walking poles actually enable me to walk further than I would normally be able to do because they support my weight and also help to straighten my spine as I walk. The added benefit of an upper body walkout too.

Within 15 minutes I had walked the pathway out of town, under the A303 dual carriageway and into peaceful countryside, I can’t walk too far because I need to judge the distance to walk back, so I decided to turn off the path and into some fields. It was deserted with no one around so I thought it was safe to take off all my clothes and enjoy a walk naked.

I have done this walk many times in the past and have come across occasional dog walker and hiker and almost everyone says hello and smiles. I think providing you say hello and act normally, the fact that you’re naked (although initially a shock) causes no alarm. Some people in the past have said “good for you” and “nice day for a naked walk”.


The feeling of being naked in nature with the sun and air all over my skin is something magical and the majority of people who have never tried being naked in the outdoors are really missing a great feeling.


I enjoyed a 15 minute walk and picked some blackberries in the hedgerows, sat in the grass bare foot and just let the sunshine and peace fill my soul. 

Time then to get dressed again and head back home.

Public nudity in England & Wales – your rights within the law.

It’s not illegal to be naked in public in England & Wales, however if someone is offended by your actions, it then becomes against the law. This very good insight article from a criminal law blog highlights our rights as naturists. 

https://www.kingsleynapley.co.uk/insights/blogs/criminal-law-blog/public-nudity-staying-within-the-law

hiking the Appalachian trail in Vermont… as nature intended

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naturist 0004 Appalachian trail, Vermont, USA

Although the US has a fame for being a prude country, there are some local exceptions, and Vermont is one of them: there is no state law against public nudity (though there is one against disrobing in public :D) And with all those green mountains around (just think of the state’s name etymology), it’s a perfect destination for naturists!

My long-time pen pal Ed organizes an  annual summer solstice naked hike in Vermont, and though I could never make it for this group hike itself, I went on the same route with Ed and another friend, Matt, just later in summer (mid-August).

naturist 0000 Appalachian trail, Vermont, USA

The route includes a part of the famous Appalachian trail, so you’d expect a few fellow hikers, but it’s great to have the law on your side – just make sure to leave your car naked, and you don’t need to hide!-)

naturist 0003 Appalachian trail, Vermont, USA

Shortly after the trailhead, we…

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