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Saturday 25 May 2024 & [Please Note: Date change] Saturday 07 September 2024 {+ Post Ride Party on Naturist Beach} Sunday 08 September Body Art Party on Naturist Beach Organised by WNBR Portsmouth

Ride Lead is Injured Sep WNBR is currently tbc appologies!


The Word Naked Bike Ride returned to Portsmouth in 2022, 2023 and it will return in 2024. We will have 2 WNBR's in Portsmouth!

Curb Car Culture

No Oil/Fuel

Better Road Safety for Cyclists

Body Freedom/confidence/positivity

Be Bare As You Dare! {The reason for this is to portray the Vulnerability of Cyclists on the Road!}

Cycle in Body Paint, Clothes, Naked or any state of Dress/Undress that you like/want to!

All Nudity is Desexualised!

We will have Body Painting at the Start!

It is likely the Southampton Ride will take Place the Evening before the 1st Portsmouth Ride if You want to make a Weekend of it! After Party details: tbc

Timings and Route:

Please Note: Leg 2 may differ between the 2 Rides

Start: Foxes Forest, Peronne Road, Hilsea Lines. Find us via map or what3words ///bubble.slowly.wisdom.
Assemble from: 11:00
Set-off: 13:15
Public Toilets less than 5 Min Walk away
Body Painting (small charge)

Leg 1:
Will Cycle via Fratton
Approx 4.8 Miles
Rest Point 1 (Alternative Start Point):
On Green behind Southsea Beach Huts (near Public Toilets and Opposite Coffee Cup Eastney) Nearby Postcode: PO4 9GE
Public Toilets here

Leg 2 (27.05.23):
Will Cycle on a Loop around Central Southsea/Portsmouth
Approx Distance: 5.6 Miles
Rest Point 2 (Finish if not going to the Beach):
On Green behind Southsea Beach Huts (near Public Toilets and Opposite Coffee Cup Eastney)
Public Toilets here

Leg 2 (23.07.23):
Tbc Seafront Cycle

Leg 3:
Approx Distance: 1.1 Miles
Finish: Eastney Naturist Beach
We will have an (Optional) post Ride Swim and Party on the Naturist Beach!
The Route is relatively Flat and We will Cycle at a slow pace!
All Distances are Approx as We may have to make changes to the Route on the Day due to Accidents, Road Closures, adverse Weather and Events etc!

Please donate to the WNBR UK Fund

The UK World Naked Bike Ride fund meets the cost of insuring rides
across the UK, and provides local organisers with money for
poster/flyer printing, advertising, ride equipment etc.
Please give generously.

Ride information

Signing Up

It's not essential to sign up for the ride - you can just turn up on the day - but it does help to get an idea of anticipated numbers. To sign up, visit the Facebook site https://www.facebook.com/WNBRPortsmouth/ Remember, these are sites for the PROMOTION of the Portsmouth Ride - unwanted postings WILL be removed without explanation or any further discussion!!!

Dress code

For details, please see our Frequently asked questions The World Naked Bike Ride dress code is "Bare As You Dare"... How bare is that ? How dare is that ?...Its all up to you, you decide what you are comfortable with. NO ONE IS EXCLUDED OR DISCRIMINATED AGAINST based on levels of clothing, bodypaint, or anything else, for that matter!

PLEASE be creative and colourful! Bodypainting and bike decorating is highly encouraged! See the above section on creative expression and also visit our body art page.

Body Paint Artists wanted!!!!

WNBR is a fun, inspirational, non-confrontational body-positive event with a positive message of hope. That is why the ride has been such a huge hit and so many are supportive. Just use common sense and mind your manners! Nude is not lewd!

Since most of us did not grow up in a body-positive society, many will look at you with curiosity and amusement. You will probably notice that different sections of town have different cultural reactions to nudity. Some may feel mildly intimidated because they still might have issues with their own bodies and your shameless ways are unsettling to their body-phobic world. Just be friendly and respectful and things should be fine. Remember we are all human and we all have the same parts.


Simple nudity isn't illegal in the UK, but using nudity to intentionally cause harassment, alarm or distress may be illegal. Don't act offensively and you are very unlikely to be arrested. We have notified the police of our intention to ride in protest against oil dependency and in celebration of bicycles. They are fully aware that many/most of our riders will be nude and partially nude as we cycle a route through the streets of Portsmouth. The principal concern is to eliminate creepy, predatory, exploitative, destructive and abusive behaviour. ANYONE ACTING IN A LEWD MANNER IS LIABLE TO BE ARRESTED.

Police restrictions

Hampshire Police particularly want us to obey ALL ASPECTS of the Highway Code. That includes ALL ASPECTS of TRAFFIC LIGHTS. So PLEASE STOP ON RED LIGHTS. (It will make the Ride more effective!!). No more than two side by side. Keep LEFT wherever you should do so. STOP at Pedestrian Crossings to let people cross. Generally - all these things will contribute to a gentler overall pace, and a longer experience. IMPORTANT - Please do NOT overtake the LEAD RIDER!!! It may be that we are able to adopt the "Ride is a Single Entity" approach at major junctions - please pay attention to Stewards and Police who will assist you in crossing difficult junctions.

Public transport

Poster and Flyers


Press releases



We arrived at the Start position to find it inaccessible, due to Sea Defence work, so changed the Start at short notice to a nearby carpark. Another well-attended ride, with a good reception from the people of Portsmouth.


One and a half Rides this year!! The first Ride was rained off - weather absolutely foul! - but four people turned up regardless, so we did a short ride in the rain and wind! Then, later, we had a full ride, arranged at short notice, in glorious weather!!


Organised by Simon, assisted by Ian, another successful Ride!


The organisation of the 2014 Ride passed to two much younger people than the previous incumbent, who put on the first three Portsmouth WNBRs almost single-handed, and the new organisers also enjoy the tremendous advantage of being female!!! So let's make next year's event the best yet!!


The 2013 Ride was also very well attended, but we have received criticism from some quarters.... a few motorists were inconvenienced as we left Clarence Pier...... which rather begs the question - "That's what a protest is supposed to achieve, isn't it???" ! In order to overcome one objection from a beach-hut tenant, we moved the start to Alexandra Park this year.

Otherwise, it was a glorious day (after many days of dismal weather) and the people clapped and cheered as we passed by. The Police on the day were brilliant.... perhaps the message was reinforced by the news that our police liaison officer had fallen off her bicycle a few days before, after hitting a Portsmouth City Council-owned pot-hole, and suffered some quite serious injuries. The 2013 riders all signed a "Get Well Soon" card for her.


In 2012, we had just under 80 riders, and considerably less adverse comments. It was a brilliant day, there were a good number of ladies, and FIVE unicycles!!!


2011 saw the first ride, attracting 28 1/2 riders, and a deal of opposition from Family Church. It was well recieved by the people of Portsmouth!

Nearly a year before the ride date, there had been plans to organize a connecting ride from Portsmouth to Southampton, where the WNBR started 6½ hours later.

Media coverage





Because of the controversy generated by a local group of christians, the inaugural 2011 event generated rather more than its fair share of publicity!

Thanks to Sarah C of Portsmouth Family Church - we have been on Radio Solent this morning, and possibly on TV (BBC South) later today (6 June), all of which helps get our message across. Thanks again, Sarah! Keep it up!!








  • WNBR UK (This page has FAQ info and links to the other UK rides)

See also United Kingdom page