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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 on the sea-front.
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.
Environment
The station itself can be quite busy, as can the surrounding areas. The nearby footbridge can often be bustling with tourists photographing the Hovercrafts arriving and departing.
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 Esplanade map co-ordinates
Parking
You can park in Ryde centre itself, or at Ryde Esplanade. There are also parking spaces on the sea-front road itself.
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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Amenities
There are plenty of cafes, fast-food outlets and restaurants in Ryde itself. There is also a cafe at Ryde Pier Head station.
Accommodation
There are several hotels and Bed and Breakfasts scattered around Ryde.
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Isle of Wight, Ryde Esplanade

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

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Isle of Wight, Ryde Esplanade



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Photographic notes
Photographs can be taken from the station platform, although only one platform is accessible these days. Shots can also be taken of trains during their journey up or down the pier. A wide shot can be taken from the footbridge which can be seen from the station itself.
Please note that the footbridge can often be busy.


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


Fig 1 - Looking south east

From the bridge

Fig 2 - Looking north


Fig 2 - Looking north

Taken from the bridge

Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 3 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north


Fig 4 - Looking north

Taken from the bridge

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