Woman who enjoys going on naked walks with her husband says naturism is ‘liberating’

A naturist who enjoys going naked rambling with her husband insists it’s a ‘liberating’ experience and members of the public they encounter are ‘encouraging’.

Donna Price, 55, of Spilsby, Lincolnshire, told how she and John, 70, enjoy the feeling of being ‘truly at one’ with nature.

The couple discovered naturism on holiday in New Zealand in 2010 when they came across a naked beach. 

Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour via Zoom wearing only her flip flops, Donna – a volunteer for British Naturism and head of the Women in Naturism campaign – said the majority of responses they receive from fellow walkers are ‘actually very encouraging’. 

Donna Price, 55, of Spilsby, Lincolnshire, told how she and John, 70, enjoy the feeling of being 'truly at one' with nature and want to normalise naturism

Donna Price, 55, of Spilsby, Lincolnshire, told how she and John, 70, enjoy the feeling of being ‘truly at one’ with nature and want to normalise naturism

‘They’re not shock horror, majority of the time, I can guarantee that. A lot of people just say “good morning” and carry on,’ she explained.

‘Some of them actually say, “gosh you’re braver than I am” if it’s a bit chilly. A lot of them will just say, “I really wish I could do that” and usually we just say, “You can!”

‘If you haven’t actually tried being naked outdoors when you can feel the warm air all over your skin, it’s such a lovely feeling.’ 

Asked why she feels more people should embrace nudity, Donna said: ‘There is a great feeling of liberation and freedom once you actually try naturism. 

‘I would never advocate for someone to actually go out for a naked walk as the first thing they ever did. I just would not do that.

Although Donna is a self-confessed fair weather naked walker, she shared a photo of herself in the buff on New Year's Eve on her Twitter account Naked Freestyler, braving the cold for a shot beside the full moon

Although Donna is a self-confessed fair weather naked walker, she shared a photo of herself in the buff on New Year’s Eve on her Twitter account Naked Freestyler, braving the cold for a shot beside the full moon

Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4's Woman's Hour via Zoom wearing only her flip flops, Donna - a volunteer for British Naturism and head of the Women in Naturism campaign - said the majority of responses they receive from fellow walkers are 'actually very encouraging'

Speaking to Emma Barnett on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour via Zoom wearing only her flip flops, Donna – a volunteer for British Naturism and head of the Women in Naturism campaign – said the majority of responses they receive from fellow walkers are ‘actually very encouraging’

‘You’ve got to be comfortable in your own skin so you do it at home, you know, in your own garden maybe if you can. Get comfortable with yourself, actually start to feel that being naked feels normal, which to me it does.’  

Although Donna is a self-confessed fair weather naked walker, she shared a photo of herself in the buff on New Year’s Eve on her Twitter account Naked Freestyler, braving the cold for a shot beside the full moon. 

Under Section 66 of Sexual Offences Act 2003, being naked in public is not a criminal offence in England and Wales. However, an individual could be arrested if it is proved they did it with the intent to shock or cause distress.

Since lockdown began last year, British Naturism has seen a 300 per cent rise in new membership sign-ups, according to its spokesperson Andrew Welch. 

Donna and John are such converts that they say they now feel uncomfortable when they wear clothes

Donna and John are such converts that they say they now feel uncomfortable when they wear clothes

After discovering naturism, former office clerk Donna and John, a retired signalling tester, became so committed that they moved from their ‘overlooked’ property in Kent in 2019 to their current home in the countryside, which awards them more privacy.

Since the start of the pandemic, the couple, who have been together for 25 years, have enjoyed skinny dipping in the North Sea, taken part in naked yoga Zoom classes and nude fishing trips and donned their birthday suits for a drink in a virtual pub. 

In the summer they enjoy sunbathing naked in their garden, while more recently Donna has indulged in a spot of naked baking. 

She previously revealed: ‘We also do the majority of our decorating naked. Painting walls is perfect without wearing clothes – no chance of making them messy and all the paint showers off. It really goes to show that everything you can do dressed, you can do naked.’

In the summer the couple enjoy sunbathing naked in their garden, while more recently Donna has indulged in a spot of naked baking (pictured)

In the summer the couple enjoy sunbathing naked in their garden, while more recently Donna has indulged in a spot of naked baking (pictured)

She added: ‘We’ve been doing all sorts during lockdown – yoga sessions, coffee mornings, cooking classes, life-drawing, discussion panels and evening drinks – all virtual and all naked.

‘It’s really brought a community together. In a time where none of us could go out into the real world, it’s helped us to stay connected.’

The couple are such converts that they say they now feel uncomfortable when they wear clothes. As a result, Donna only irons every three to four weeks and rarely needs to do a big wash.

Donna admitted there is still a stigma surrounding naturism which is why British Naturism is running a campaign called Just One Person, which is about speaking to people outside the community and enlightening them to what it is all about.

For more information visit https://www.bn.org.uk/campaigning/justoneperson/