West Beach (Ryde)
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The beaches at Ryde, on the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight, offer the visitor a vast stretch of sand at low tide. The beach on the western side of the pier is quieter than that on the eastern side and is used mainly by locals who come here to relax or fish whilst admiring the fine views across the Solent. This is a good place to sit and watch the boats, cruisers and military vessels on their journey to and from Portsmouth.
Before visiting, beach-goers should check tide times, as there is very little beach here at high tide. Those venturing out onto the vast expanse of wet sand which is exposed at low tide need to be wary of rapidly incoming tides which can leave walkers stranded on the sandbanks.
The adjacent Ryde Pier, which is over 200 years old, is reputed to be the oldest seaside pleasure pier in the world. It has a road and railway line running along its length.
The town of Ryde, just south of the beach, offers a good selection of shops, pubs, cafes and restaurants.