I ‘ve in the past gone naked on occasionally pretty busy Spanish seashores, carrying nothing and walking purposefully past them for several miles. It is not illegal there. Folks would notice, but few seemed at all troubled. Just once did anyone (a man) item on the particular reasons that children might see me. As we all know, kids take no notice of simple nudity, but I did feel nervous because I subsequently felt exposed and had no means whatsoever to cover-up.
I sometimes experienced groups of two or three girls expressing obvious approval that I was naked, not that I was searching for that. I avoided single women who weren’t nude or top-free so as not to make them feel uneasy or threatened. It was interesting to watch how some couples saw me bare and then removed their clothes. That was in the past.
In the interests of not causing offence and not giving naturism a bad name even if legal I have changed my approach to public nudity to be less evident. Just like Pete, I agree hiking is a lot more interesting compared to http://picsnudism.net . In addition , I use quieter Spanish seashores where few people pay any attention apart from simply discovering, some see me and do the same! Hiking in Spain, it’s so silent the opportunities of running into someone are low. Hiking in the UK the odds are much higher. If alone I have tend to evaporate off into the bushes, feeling nervous since I ‘ve absolutely no wish to offend but scared 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 folks went bare for several hours in a city in the name of “art”. Most were not naturists and were quite nervous at first. I really don’t go naked on UK beaches unless lying on my abdomen in a quiet place. I only stand up when there’s not 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 normally worry about it, since it is their choice and I am on a quite broad big beach, but if it is narrower I sit down and am discreet until they have passed.
If I see a solitary woman I often cover up as we get closer so she is able to feel “safe”. No one in the united kingdom has ever objected or seemed piqued. Occasionally they’ve been obviously amused, so I simply say hello. You might wonder why I usually do not use nudist beaches quite regularly. The key answer is easy. Unfortunately, in the UK and on the smaller Spanish beaches there are often boobs at the beach hanging around and I do not feel as comfortable. They are the ones giving naturism a bad name.