Our holiday lets are located near the town of Ryde on the Isle of Wight, an Island just off the south coast of England. The body of water separating us from the mainland is called The Solent, and the nearest major cities are Southampton and Portsmouth. There are no bridges, tunnels or commercial flights connecting us to the mainland, so the only way to reach us is by boat.
Wightsands and Appleysands are right next door to each other!
This is why we think they have a great location:
- They are on a quiet residential estate.
- They are only a few minutes walk away from an excellent restaurant.
- A 5 minute walk from Appley beach and numerous childrens play areas.
- A 20 minute walk from Ryde town.
- A 5 minute drive from Tesco Extra and other popular outlets.
- Within a 20 minute drive of the majority of the Islands main attractions.
There are 3 car ferry services that operate across the Solent between the Island and the mainland:
|Route||Crossing Duration||Company||Time to Wightsands|
|Portsmouth to Fishbourne||45 minutes||Wightlink||15 minutes by car|
|Southampton to East Cowes||55 minutes||Red Funnel||25 minutes by car|
|Lymington to Yarmouth||40 minutes||Wightlink||40 minutes by car|
Tip: Tesco Clubcard vouchers can be exchanged for Wightlink ferry tokens. See here for details.
There are 3 foot passenger services that operate across the Solent (though you can travel on the car ferries if you wish):
|Route||Crossing Duration||Company||Time to Wightsands||Connections|
|Southsea to Ryde||10 minutes||Hovertravel||5 minutes by taxi|
25 minute walk
Taxi Rank (Southsea end is collection only)
|Portsmouth to Ryde Pier||20 minutes||Wightlink||10 minutes by taxi|
35 minute walk
|Bus Route (Ryde end is before the Pier)|
|Southampton to West Cowes||25 minutes||Red Funnel||30 minutes by taxi|
70 minutes on public transport
Train (Southampton end only via 10min bus)
There is also a chain ferry which crosses the River Medina between East and West Cowes. Both foot passengers and vehicles must pay a small fee, but its convenient location can mean avoiding congestion through the Islands administrative center, Newport.