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Ryde Walking Tour
Ryde is the largest town on the Island, boasting its longest and widest stretch of golden sands. In Victorian times it was an elegant seaside town, frequented by royalty and the fashionably rich.
It originally consisted of two separate village communities - upper (farming) and lower (fishing), only becoming a town in 1829 with Union Street joining the two.
The best view of it is definitely from its historic pier. From here it is easy to understand why it calls itself 'the town on the beach'.
Watch the hovercraft thundering in and out and learn the story behind their invention - they were built right here on the Island at nearby East Cowes. Now, the commercial route between Ryde and Southsea is the only remaining one in the world.
With a good selection of bars, clubs and restaurants, today it still has its Victorian, but also a very modern feel.
Let us take you on a walking tour and recount some interesting tales, both old and new.
Beautiful Quarr Abbey – surprising in every way! Still home to a handful of Benedictine monks belonging to a French order. Its unusual European/Middle Eastern style of architecture was ground-breaking in its day. It has a real story to tell and just exudes peace. But there is more…. ruins to explore and the possibility of a scenic walk to and/or from town centre if you wish. It boasts a wonderful array of locally sourced refreshments and a well-stocked shop oozing local produce (including their own label beer!). They have a mini museum, frequent art exhibitions, oh – and not forgetting their adorable pigs!