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Written by Jason Rodhouse - 08 Nov 2006
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Location notes
Ryde is a large sea-side town on the Isle of Wight. This particular location is situated at the end of the town's pier, and links to the terminal for the catamaran service connecting the island with Portsmouth on the UK mainland.
Railway type and traffic
Generally a half-hourly service (Hourly on Sundays) to Shanklin. The line currently operates half a dozen class 483 units which were converted from ex 1938 underground stock in 1988. Unfortunately, only one platform sees use these days.
The terminal for the catamaran can often be bustling, but the station platform is normally quiet as most passengers enter the waiting room.
Road directions
From the Island capital, Newport, take the A3054 to Ryde. When you get to Ryde, head for the sea-front, and you will not be able to miss the Bus station or the Ryde Esplanade railway station.

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Isle of Wight, Ryde Pier Head map co-ordinates
You can park in Ryde centre itself, or at Ryde Esplanade, and walk down to the end of the pier, or even catch the train! You can also park at the pier head itself for a small charge.
Public transport
There are plenty of buses serving Ryde Esplanade from various locations on the island. From the UK mainland, direct links can be made with the Wightlink catamaran, and also the Hovercraft to Ryde Esplanade which can be caught at Portsmouth and Southsea.

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There is a cafe at the Pier head itself. There are plenty of cafes, fast-food outlets and restaurants in Ryde itself.
There are several hotels and Bed and Breakfasts scattered around Ryde.
Sun Compass
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Isle of Wight, Ryde Pier Head

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Streetmap links
Isle of Wight, Ryde Pier Head general view map
Isle of Wight, Ryde Pier Head close up map

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Isle of Wight, Ryde Pier Head

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Photographic notes
Southbound shots on a sunny morning can be awkward, as well as shadows from passing tall ships or large candy floss sticks!

General views - All photographs © Jason Rodhouse unless otherwise stated
Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 1 - Looking south

Fig 2 - Looking north

Fig 2 - Looking north


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