After a nice day at St.Osyth and with the forecast for Saturday expected to be the same, we decided rather than going to the same beach, we’d go somewhere new. As we had an evening appointment with a friend in Tunbridge Wells, we decided that we’d visit Leysdown for the first time. When I say first time it actually wasn’t for me as I’d been there a couple of times in the early 90’s, so I wondered on the journey there, whether it had actually changed that much. Once we’d gone across the Queen Elizabeth II Bridge (did you realise it’s over 20 years old?) and up the A2, we moved onto the Isle of Sheppey there I started to notice many changes. Firstly once you come off the A2 there is now a dual carriageway, whereas before it used to be just a normal single file road. Overtaking back in the 90’s used to be a nightmare getting stuck behind the caravans and the Sunday drivers, even on a Saturday. On the dual carriageway you head towards the magnificent Sheppey Crossing Bridge a four lane bridge that rises 115 feet above the Swale. Completed in 2006, it dwarfs the old vertical lift Kingsferry Bridge. Moving on you finally join up with the old single carriageway road that leads to Leysdown and true to form we got stuck behind some slow-moving traffic. New houses along the way were an obvious change so to was the village of Thistle Hill which was probably a hamlet back in 1992.As we reached Leysdown the hazy mist started to clear, so we were eagerly looking forward to getting to the beach and shedding our clothes.
What a surprise we had when we got there, where was the beach ??? The beach hadn’t been built on or anything like that, but on this particular Saturday it was covered in fog blowing in off the sea inland. We parked the car just before the dirt track and walked along the bank. I’m sure back in 1992, the beach wasn’t so far along the peninsula as now you have to go all the way along, past some old fisherman’s huts and there you come to the well signposted very clean well-appointed naturist beach.
Naturists are hearty souls and a couple were already stripped off, waiting for the fog to lift, others were inside tents or still clothed like we were. At about 12.30 the fog began to lift and out popped the sun, so almost immediately off came our clothes. It was slightly warmer than the day before and soon others started to turn up. I reckon on a good hot day it gets packed and with no roads around it can be a tranquil spot with the waves gently lapping the sandy shore. Even though there are no facilities on the beach, with the road nearby toilets and refreshments are only a 10 minute drive away. Ginny was impressed with the beach and said she prefers it to St.Osyth, so the chance are we will be back very soon.After about 3 hours the sun started to lose its heat so we decided that with a journey to Tunbridge Wells we’d pack our bag and head off.