Welcome to Naturist Ramblers! As our name implies we are a group who enjoy walking nude in the Great British Countryside where circumstances permit. Yes, it is possible to enjoy walking in parts of the countryside of South and South East England in the nude. The fact is that few people wander further than 200 yards from a car park. Quite often we are able to walk for several hours without meeting anybody!
We originally started these walks in 1993 under the title of Singles’ Outdoor Club (SOC) Walks, but in 2016 the walkers separated from SOC and the Naturist Ramblers (Nat Ram) were set up as a group that totally concentrated on naturist walking. Naturist Ramblers is a member club of British Naturism.
A frequently asked question relates to the legality of what we do. In 2018, the College of Policing produced a Briefing note for use by the Police. This states that “In the lawful situation where there is an absence of any sexual context in relation to nudity and where the person does not intend the behaviour to be, and is not aware that it may be disorderly, it will not be appropriate to take any police action “. The note provides advice to police call handlers stating that passive nudity in public, which includes naked rambling, is considered lawful activity and that no police action is necessary.
The object of our walks is to enjoy the exhilaration of walking without the encumbrance of clothing. Our walks are open to all naturists over the age of 18 who agree to abide by the Naturist Ramblers Constitution.
The walks are planned to take place in fairly uninhabited parts of the countryside to minimise the chance of meeting textile (clothed) walkers.
Naturist Ramblers organise both longer and shorter walks. The longer walks are referred to as ‘Nat Ram’ walks and generally start from a pub at about mid-day and are between 10 and 14 miles in length. Some of these walks do have shorter alternatives. We usually conclude our day with supper together in the pub, so you might like to arrange to be free all day if you are coming to join us. If you have to get away a little earlier, be aware that particularly when the weather is fine we may not return to the starting point until 7.00pm.
The shorter walks are referred to as ‘Stark Trekkers’ walks. These walks offer monthly walks throughout the year in Kent and Sussex. They are about half the length of Nat Ram walks. They meet mid-morning and finish mid-afternoon with a visit to a local tea shop.
Both sets of walks are not ‘route marches’, but as a group we do need to maintain a reasonably steady pace. The going along footpaths through woods and over fields can be rough and at times muddy underfoot in places, so you need to be reasonably fit.