The Isle of Sheppey tends to get a bad press but over the past couple of years it has become one of my secret fast escape routes out of London and into the wild. A cameraman friend Ed Clark took this beautiful picture of the sunset over bridge back to the mainland as we headed home at the end of a late Summer day.

Head East out of London for about an hour, change trains at Sittingbourne and jump onto a single track line that takes you across the mouth of the estuary to Swale. Just over the bridge are the Elmley Marshes, an RSPB Nature Reserve that’s famous for large flocks of teal, avocets and marsh harriers.

If you’re the type that prefers shell and pebble beaches, there are also some great stretches to explore around Minster.  Just hit the coastline and turn right! Rumor has it that there are many a sharks tooth to be found amongst the debris – a few wrecked boats lying just off shore all add to the drama.

These cliffs, every inch blooming with wildflowers, were also teeming with crickets and butterflies.

And for all the romantics out there.