More info: Appley beach is a wide expanse of sandy beach which is about a 25 minute walk from Ryde Pier. It is one of the most popular Island beaches and is used a lot in the quieter months by kite surfers. Appley Tower is a Gothic folly which was built in the 1870s.
Ryde beaches offer fantastic views from the Isle of Wight across the Solent to Portsmouth, with the landmark Spinnaker Tower forming an impressive backdrop from which to watch ocean-going liners sailing from Southampton out to sea. From here you also get great views across to two of the 19th Century Solent defence forts, Spitbank Fort and Horse Sand Fort.