Often referred to as the Treasure Island of Kent, the Isle of Sheppey offers escapism, adventure and awe inspiring scenery with its sandy beaches, flat marshes and bird reserves. Sheppey is located on an island on the Northern coast of Kent in the Thames Estuary around 45 miles east of London and was named after the sheep which have been grazing on its marshlands since the Saxon times.
Food and drink is in no short supply in the Isle of Sheppey with restaurants offering modern British and modern European dishes, while the island’s sixteenth century Ferry House Inn provides a more traditional atmosphere in addition to local cider and menus that reflect the local community with fresh, seasonal produce sourced from Kent. The Isle of Sheppey also boasts Brambledown Farm Shop, which offers fresh fruit, veg and salad sourced from Kent growers, as well as hosting local businesses such as Danton Meats, The Fish Bar and Ella’s Snack Bar.
The 36 square mile island is also known for its fossil beds, making it a hit with geologists, artists and photographers as well as cyclists who circumnavigate the many cycle trails that take in Muswell Manor, home to the world’s first aircraft factory and the Memorial to British Aviation at Eastchurch. Nature lovers, meanwhile, can head straight to Elmley National Nature Reserve, where everything from butterflies and bees to birds of prey can be spotted.