A naturist’s view on freehiking (notably in England)

What is Freehiking?

Let’s look at Wikipedia:

Freehiking refers to naked hiking as well as a form of hiking in which the participants intentionally avoid trails and predetermined destinations. This can also be referred to as “wander hiking.”

The most interesting part for us naturists is explained further as:

The term freehiking has been used by naturists for decades to describe the activity of naked hiking. It was adopted by hikers after the sport of freeskiing gained popularity in the 1990s.

Now we’ve cleared up what freehiking is…

had to write this post because my friend Robert mentioned freehiking a few times, and then I stumbled over this tweet:

warning signPlease note the explicit mention of the UK. This is not automatically applicable to any country. This is only applicable when you are in the UK.

If you don’t want to go through the whole twitter-clicking, here is a link to the file in question:

pdficonClick here

If that is too much for you, here are the two sections from the document which are most important for real naturists:

Police action naturists

I think this is a brilliant move on behalf of the police force in the UK. Every country should adopt this – well, every free-thinking country. I understand there will be plenty of less open-minded cultures that will never accept this, but that’s up to them. Unfortunately.

I’m really excited about this development, as will be many naturists in the UK, I’m certain of that. With a police directive like that I can envision an influx of naturists in the UK. It might even do something good for their tourism.

Now, back to freehiking itself.

Have you ever done it? Have you been in the lucky circumstance that you could drop all clothes and just go for a long walk without being afraid someone would see you and make things difficult?

Freehiking in the UK

I’m glad to say I had that opportunity plenty of times. I’ve been out for naked walks in Germany, where the laws are quite relaxed as well, in the UK (even before the police pdf was published) and plenty of times on the Canary Islands.

On Lanzarote I’ve done very long walks even, the longest around 13km (little over 8 miles). The great thing during that actual walk was that I encountered people (walking, cycling and in cars) who didn’t bat an eye. Some actually greeted me.

I’ve been freehiking in Scotland as well. The benefit of Scotland, I found, is that it’s very spacious with very few people. I had a great walk near Loch Lomond.

So what about the United States?

The US is a very large country. Still I keep hearing from many people that it USA Mapis hard to go for a naked walk. It’s something I find a bit difficult to comprehend but I am not from the US of A, so please enlighten me. I’m curious to know what makes it difficult to go freehiking. I understand you don’t do that in big cities. That isn’t accepted in most places. Is it so hard for people to go out into the open where there’s space? Is the US so built up that it’s cities and towns wall to wall, back to back? Or do most people have no car? (Which I find hard to believe, as America loves its cars.)

Do you have freehiking experiences over there? Where did you do them? Were you harassed? It would be great if you can share your opinions to help others.

Author: Paul

Promoting the clothes-free lifestyle.

6 thoughts on “A naturist’s view on freehiking (notably in England)”

  1. Interesting stuff. My home country is getting better. Personally, I often swim/sunbathe nude without worrying too much about other people, as I know the law is on my side. There’s a place I go, where we rarely meet anyone for the last Km or so, so hiking nude seems logical.

    A big word of warning: The law referred to here is applicable to England and Wales, not the whole UK. Scotland has some other laws. Not too sure about NI.

  2. It’s possible to free hike in the U.S. but it’s much more likely to be done in rural,remote back country areas where the chances of encountering people are slim to none because people will go out of their way to not be seen.In the large cities, organized events like the WNBR where it’s predetermined that nudity will be seen are common.

  3. You and the original author refer to the UK, which covers (and is shorthand for) all of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland. The law differs in each country, especially between Scotland and England (which is what the original writer should have referred to when he writes ‘UK’). I do not live there and have been ‘away’ for >40 years, so perhaps someone from Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland could elucidate (it is OK to elucidate in public ;-).

  4. You can free hike in the United States, but only in National Parks (parks owned by the Federal Government). And even then You cannot be nude in a area of the park where there are children or a number of people who would protest.

    1. There are always circumstances where the law puts us on the bad side. I guess we’ll have to live with that everywhere in the world.
      We can be grateful for every opportunity we get to hike in the natural suit.

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