Ryde, Isle of Wight
Ryde is the Isle of Wight's biggest town and is located on the North East Coast. This popular seaside resort offers the most connected gateway to the island with the Wightlink's FastCat service linking up with the mainland railway station in Portsmouth Harbour which offers direct routes to London Waterloo, Brighton, Southampton and Bristol. A Hovercraft provides regular services throughout the day for passengers between Southsea and literally drops you off on Ryde beach. The small Island Railway line provides a service between Ryde Pier Head and Shanklin, calling also at Brading and Sandown. Recently voted as being in the top 10 Railway services in the country and being the "cutest".
The town of Ryde is dominated by a wide sandy beach that stretches for an incredible 6 miles. A wide promenade follows the beach and provides a wonderful "flat" walk for you to take in the sea air.