If you're already on the Island you'll find Ryde easy to reach by bus, train, car and on foot and bicycle. A growing coffee culture sits alongside traditional cafes serving full English breakfasts, delicious cakes accompanied by a pot of tea or take away food for your day out. Stopping for a coffee won't be a problem as Ryde's shops handily intermingle with some great cafes, bars and restaurants. The walk will take you about 25 minutes from the 'dry end' of the pier. With long, spacious stretches of sandy beach, a thriving independent shopping scene and fabulous eating out, Ryde is a quirky mix of a traditional seaside fun, Victorian architecture and unexpected hidden gems! The clays over-lie various types of limestone and sandstone, and at certain points, these outcrop on the shore. Appley Beach is a 25 minute flat walk to the east of Ryde Pier and the bus and train station. Ryde is easily accessible on foot from the south coast of England. The local library is a good place to discover community art made by Ryde Arts. Ryde prides itself on its warm welcome and visitors can feel 'covid-confident' in Ryde's shops. The town is easy and quick to get to from the mainland - it's perfect for a day out or short break. Oscar-winning screenwriter and director (The English Patient 1996) and local Anthony Minghella’s creativity was inspired by walking on the sands of Ryde with his grandmother. Follow this past the intersection with Cross Street and Lind Street (well worth checking out for shops) into the High street, where you'll find even more independent shops nestling amongst the chain stores. Ryde is famed for its eclectic mix of shops run by enthusiastic, knowledgeable and welcoming staff. The Island Line train links Shanklin through to Ryde Esplanade and Ryde Pier Head. You are here > Home > Explore > Towns > Ryde. Check out the offers page for ferry and hovercraft offers straight to Ryde. The quay that Player built was known as the "West Key" to distinguish it from the public East Key. You can easily and safely cycle too. There are excellent pubs and bars in Ryde and it’s worth exploring away from the town centre to discover local bars with quality beers on tap and sunny beer gardens to enjoy them in. Indeed, during the troubled and unsettled times of the Hundred Years War, Ryde was one of three permitted ports of entry and departure and a warden was appointed to supervise movements here. You can also see the 19th century Solent Forts. The development of Ryde seafront and foreshore has been evolving ever since the small settlement of Lower Ryde became a communication point in medieval times. Ryde is a dog friendly town and many people walk their dogs on Ryde's beaches all year round. The East Key area remained 'waste' but immediately adjoining this on the west, Player allowed a public house to be constructed that became known as The Passage Hoy and later The Bugle. It's the perfect backdrop for a seaside selfie especially at sunrise! Ice cream stands and cafes pop up along the way. Visit top-rated & must-see attractions. One of Ryde's summer pleasures at Appley is a swim in the sea after the tide laps in over the hot sand. Some sections are closed off to dogs from the end of March to the end of September. At Dover Street the edge of the dunes and saltmarsh of the Duver run tight up to the edge of the bank as it runs along the edge of East Street . You'll go slow because it's a hill and because you'll want to go in every boutique you see! You'll find them all in Ryde. The beaches of Ryde are also a haven for birds including the elusive sanderling. If you're driving there's a pay and display car park in Appley Park just behind the beach. It takes about 25 minutes to walk there from the pier. With beach huts nestled under the trees and its own fairy castle on the beach - Appley Tower, a gothic folly built in the 1870s - there's a real sense of magic at Appley. Appley Beach, Ryde Visitors throughout the centuries have been seduced by Ryde’s relaxing coastal vibe, why not pop over and take a look for yourself. Bird watching on Ryde beaches A Warden was appointed to each port to prevent people leaving and to prevent the export of grain. It's a just a couple of minutes walk from the car park until you reach the beach.