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The Isle of Sheppey is a relatively small island just off the North Kent Coast, separated by the Swale Estuary. Two bridges including a railway connect the island, allowing easy access for visitors and locals alike.
Despite its small size (just nine miles by four miles), there is a fascinating variety of landscapes and wealth of places to explore. To the north-east of the island is the busy town and port of Sheerness; to the west is the historic town of Queenborough and to the east of the island lies the popular holiday destination Leysdown.
Beaches at Leysdown, Minster Leas and Sheerness all boast 'Blue Flag' awards from 'Keep Britain Tidy' as of 2016. Thanks to their stunning views and pristine sands, visitors flock to these beaches year after year to catch their fill of British sun and sea.
Queenborough is a harbour town with moorings available, which evolved from a small Saxon settlement and is steeped in maritime history. It is known that Edward III built a castle there, but sadly only the earthworks are what remain today.
The Elmley Conservation Trust and Raptor Viewing Platform at Capel Fleet give nature enthusiasts the opportunity to watch the stunning array of birds who visit the island. Sheppey has the highest population of marsh harriers and also supports lapwing, redshank and oyster catchers to name but a few. The Swale Estuary has now been designated as a Marine Conservation Zone and the Isle of Sheppey is a great place to view it.