The Isle of Sheppey is an island in the Thames Estuary, some 46 miles to the east of London. It was snowing lightly when we visited, but that just meant no-one else was out on Minster Beach taking our sea glass!
On our arrival in Minster-on-Sea, we found a free carpark near the Little Oyster Tea Room. There was also free street parking (The Leas) but we were able to park up very close to the seafront.
We followed the pathway down to the promenade and onto the beach itself. There were no other sea glass collectors braving the elements, but plenty of dog-walkers.
It's a lovely clean beach, mostly covered in shingle but with sand toward the waters edge. Right away we found several pieces of pottery along with large, smooth flat sea glass. It was mostly pale blues, aquas and light green - ideal for a stack!
Most of the sea glass we found here had no chips at all and there was lots of it. We also found the fantastic marble pictured at the top of the page!
The majority of our treasures were found in the rocks and close to the promenade. We walked in the direction of the cliffs and it looked as though there had been a landslip at some point, but we found less sea glass the closer we got to the cliffs.
With tummies rumbling and pockets full of sea glass, we headed back towards the carpark. We drove up the street to The Playa pub for a full English breakfast and hot coffee.
The Minster Beach area is not very comercialized which is nice, although I'm sure it's much busier in the summer. There is a shop nearby which sells snacks and sand toys, plus a sweet shop on the beach (near The Playa).
There are plenty of reasons to visit Minster Beach; free seafront parking, it's dog friendly, there's a café and pub close by and some of the best quality sea glass you could wish for. Add it to your list!
By the way, I appologize for the lack of photos of sea glass (as found) but it was really cold and the wind was blowing. I guess thats why it's a national windsurfing area!
I will definitely be going back to Minster-on-Sea at some point just for the beautiful, rich colors and the smoothness of the sea glass. Minster Beach has fantastic sea glass, some of the best in my opinion.
The Isle of Sheppey is well known for fossils and other treasures, but the weather was chilling us to the core so we saved fossil hunting for our next visit. I have heard that there is an old rubbish tip dating from 1900 and up to the 1940's, but I'm not exactly sure of its location so I'll save that for next time too.