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The infamous male nudist spot on the Hoe – where women were banned
It was no longer maintained after protests from women seeking equality

The Hoe is full of surprises. There are always nooks and crannies to discover.

On a hot, sunny day, it’s the perfect place to go for a sunbathe and a dip in the sea.

Centuries ago the headland – known as The Hoe – was used by Plymouth residents for walks, picnics and sunbathing and in 1588 it is famously claimed Sir Francis Drake played a game of bowls there while awaiting the arrival of the Spanish Armada.

As the years went by, more ‘formal’ walks and pretty gardens were created on the waterfront and the area was generally spruced up, though still heavily dominated by military personell.

The Lion's Den was a male bathing facility where men could go au naturelle
The Lion’s Den was a male bathing facility where men could go au naturelle Sarah Waddington

By 1859 features included the camera obscura, a navigation obelisk and a bathing house on the foreshore, Historic England says.

“In 1860 the practise of grazing The Hoe with sheep was discontinued, and the area became known as Hoe Park,” Historic England writes.

A drinking fountain followed, as well as a pier, Smeaton’s Tower, public monuments, a bandstand and the Belvedere – many of which are still there today. You can find out about how a lighthouse ended up on the Hoe here.

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Source: Plymouth Herald

Original publication 1 SEP 2019

Posted on NatCorn 5 weeks ago

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Things you can do naked in Plymouth this summer
There’s never been a better time to take all your clothes off

The weather is heating up – and this summer is set to be a corker.

But when the sun is shining, clothes can become a bit restrictive, and keeping them on doesn’t seem like the most attractive option.

Plymouth Sun Club members Edward Lees, Simon Berriman and Paul Duckett at Plympton Swimming Pool
Plymouth Sun Club members Edward Lees, Simon Berriman and Paul Duckett at Plympton Swimming Pool Paul Slater

But some can get offended by people walking around in their birthday suit. So what else can you do?

Cities across the UK have embraced the naked form in recreational activities, and across Devon and Cornwall there are a host of events you can get involved with – if that’s what you’re into. Continued…Read full original article…

Source: PlymouthLive

Original publication 26 JUN 2018

Posted on NatCorn 8th July 2018