Taddiford Gap

Taddiford Gap Naturist Beach is situated between Barton-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea on the Hampshire/Dorset border on the south coast. Barton-on-Sea and Milford-on-Sea are themselves located between Southampton in the east and Bournemouth in the west.

The beach is quite isolated and because of its proximity to more popular beaches tends to leave Taddiford Gap generally quiet. The beach is made of mostly shingle with some sand at very low tide. The beach is backed by cliffs that are slowly eroding away. There are occasional reports of rock falls and the cliffs should not be climbed on.

If walking along Taddiford Gap it is advised to keep a close eye on the tide as it is quite easy to become cut off as the sea will come right up to the cliffs. This is especially important if you venture further west past the naturist area.

Although Taddiford Gap is an unofficial naturist beach, there is rarely any problems as the area is relatively remote. The naturist section is to the west (turn right when you get to the beach) towards Barton-on-Sea Golf Course. It is the section before the cliffs jut out into the sea. The access path is often overgrown and it can be quite a trek to get down to the beach.

The beach is approximately 20m wide on average and the naturist section is to the west of the beach. Mostly shingle and pebbles it isn’t the easiest to walk on and access isn’t the easiest either. The beach is backed by cliffs and isn’t particularly overlooked.
The water at Taddiford Gap is pleasant enough and the beach has a shelf causing a few waves in the right wind. The tide comes in quite far and care should be taken if at the beach when the tide is coming in as you can become cut off from the access path.

Taddiford Gap Location


By Car
From the east, M3 down to M27. Leave M27 at Junction 1 (Lyndhurst and A337). Turn right at roundabout onto A337 to Lyndhurst, follow one-way system and continue on A337 Clay Hill. Through Brockenhurst to Buckland, then Pennington. At Everton, fork left onto B3058 and follow along coast. Car park is just before golf course. If you miss it, you can turn around just a little further up where the bus stops are.

By Public Transport
South Western Trains on the Weymouth line stop at New Milton. The Bournemouth More Bus X1 service leaves from outside the station and stops at Taddiford Gap. The journey from New Milton is approximately 10 minutes. Walk a couple hundred metres to the car park and the footpath to the beach is at the back of the car park.


The car park at Taddiford Gap is close to the footpath and is considered cheap at £1.50/hour. The car park closes at 10pm in summer and 6pm in the winter.
The cliffs are prone to crumbling away and should not be explored. And in parts the tide can come all the way into the cliffs so it is best to stick to the main beach. The naturist section is towards the west and is relatively quiet. Nude sunbathing is accepted here and textiles rarely bother naturists. Water quality for the Taddiford Gap area is considered excellent and is tested regularly.

Taddiford Gap Forecast

Milford on Sea, GB
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Wind: 11km/h WSW
Humidity: 95%
Pressure: 1009.14mbar
UV index: 0
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