I have in the past gone bare on sometimes pretty busy Spanish seashores, taking nothing and walking purposefully past them for several miles. It’s not illegal there. People would notice, but few seemed at all bothered. Only once did anyone (a guy) object on the particular grounds that children might see me. As we realize, youngsters take no notice of simple nudity, but I did feel anxious because I subsequently felt vulnerable and had no means whatsoever to cover-up.
I occasionally experienced groups of two or three women expressing http://nudism.name/nudism.html that I was naked, not that I was looking for that. I always avoided single women who weren’t nude or top-free so as not to make them feel uncomfortable or threatened. It was interesting to watch how some couples saw me bare and then removed their clothes.
That was before.
In the interests of not causing offence and not giving naturism a bad name even if legal I’ve changed my strategy to public nudity to be less clear. Much like Pete, I concur hiking is a good deal more enjoyable than the seashore. I also use quieter Spanish shores where few people pay any attention other than simply noticing, some see me and do the same! Hiking in Spain, it’s so quiet the chances of running into someone are low. Hiking in the UK the chances are much greater. If alone I have tend to disappear off into the bushes, feeling nervous since I ‘ve zero wish to offend but afraid it may be taken as more than simple nudity.
Doing a Spencer Tunick installation has given me a different pespective on the way the Brits see nudity. 1700 individuals went naked for several hours in a city in the name of “art”. Most weren’t naturists and were very nervous at first. I actually don’t go nude on UK beaches unless lying on my abdomen in a silent area. I only stand up when there isn’t anyone around for at least 700 yards, but may walk a long way then. If a person keeps on walking towards me I do not usually worry about it, since it’s their choice and I ‘m on a quite wide large seashore, but if it is narrower I sit down and am discreet until they have passed.
If I see a lone girl I frequently cover up as we get closer so she can feel “safe”. No one in the UK has ever objected or seemed offended. Occasionally they have been clearly amused, so I just say hello. You might wonder why I do not use nudist beaches quite often. The key answer is simple. Regrettably, in the UK and on the smaller Spanish beaches there are frequently various pervs hanging around and I do not feel as comfortable. They are the ones giving young nudist pics .