Jet skis are fizzing under the Sheppey Crossing as I drive through the two arches that mark the entrance to the island. It is not the most obvious place to bring my mum for our first post-lockdown break. The Isle of Sheppey, on the north-east coast of Kent, an hour from London, is a place often dismissed by people who call the locals “Swampies” and believe the island is one long sprawl of chalet parks. More fool them – they are missing out. Sheppey is a place of wide skies where lapwings in shot satin party dresses pirouette across the fields. We travel to the far end of the island through the traditional resort of Leysdown-on-Sea, with its fish and chip shops and amusement parlours. We pass the statue of 1900s aircraft pioneers the Short Brothers, their arms held aloft in amazement at the feats of the Royal Aero Club, which once had its home at nearby Muswell Manor. It was here that some of Britain’s earliest aviators first took to the skies, and in 1909 it was visited by the Wright Brothers. Further along an unmade track we spot a line of remote cabins atop the sea wall. This… Read full this story
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