Located across the narrow channel from Kent's Isle of Sheppey, Swale train station may only have direct connections with 4 other stations but these destinations offer an incredible variety of interest for the visitor. With Southeastern trains from Swale running both north and south every half hour, within minutes passengers can be immersed in history, lazing on award-winning beaches or exploring beautiful natural surroundings. The compact Isle of Sheppey manages to pack enough into its relatively small area to keep visitors happy for weeks. Visit the island's main town of Sheerness-on-Sea – 10 minutes by train from Swale – with its market, plentiful bars and restaurants, fascinating heritage centre, Blue Flag beach and Royal Naval Dockyard history with its Nelson connections. Closer still, only 4 minutes by train, is the town of Queensborough with several 18th century buildings still surviving to tell part of its seafaring story. For history fans Sheppey boasts a number of heritage attractions and museums which include the Aviation Museum and the Cottage of Curiosities. Nature lovers can visit the Elmley Conservation Trust and Raptor Viewing Platform or wander nature reserve trails.
Historic Sittingbourne is 8 minutes south from Swale train station and also offers a rich menu of things to see and do. These include the wildlife oasis of Milton Creek Country Park with its light railway, the Sittingbourne Heritage Museum and the chance to go sailing on the Edith May, an historic barge. Escaping into the countryside is easy as this market town gives nearby access to the North Downs Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. For those who want to explore other local destinations such as Maidstone buses depart directly from Swale station.
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