Ryde is one of the largest towns of the Isle of Wight. Like Sandown, Ryde has a traditional Victorian pier into the sea. There are amusements on the pier to keep all the family entertained and there’s even a steam railway which runs from here through the east of the island – perfect for an exciting day out and a great way to explore the Isle of Wight without the car. Ryde beach is the longest sandy beach on the island and is also known as Ryde East beach. From the beach you can watch the hovercrafts coming and going from the mainland or book on to one and visit Portsmouth for the day. Ryde beach makes up part of the coastline attached to Puckpool park – a large park area connecting Ryde and Seaview. There’s plenty to do on the park: mini golf, tennis, children’s play areas and some remnants of fortifications from World War One and Two. The park is dog friendly and offers a mile walk from Ryde to Seaview with gorgeous picturesque views.
Ryde is located in the north east of the island, just next to East Cowes and Cowes across the River Medina. As the island is fairly compact, there’s also Newport close by if you’re looking for a larger town to explore and maybe do a spot of shopping.