Pondwell Camp Site7.3
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Ryde on! Fact fans might like to know that Ryde is the biggest town on the Isle of Wight, and that for the lazy/sweltered on a hot day, most of its highlights can be had within a teeny stroll of the pier. Which is a listed building and the oldest pier in Blighty. Fact.
And within a teeny drive from Ryde you can pitch up at Pondwell Camp Site in the nearby and rather upmarket village of Seaview, home of the Isle of Wight’s ‘millionaire avenues’ (someday a house here will be ours). Pondwell is a grassy park over 14 acres of level and slightly sloping land, and is another teeny stroll from the beach – well, the village is called Seaview, after all…
Peaceful Pondwell is laid out with plenty of open space for kids and puffing parents to run around in, and there’s a wooded playground visible from the tent area so you can keep an eye on the offspring when you collapse to the ground with a book. The grass pitches are for tents with no charge for awnings, pup tents or car parking next to your pitch. Arriving late? There’s a security officer on site at all times to welcome you to the park (please make sure you vacate your pitch by 12 noon on the day you’re leaving).
Amenities are well looked after, with free hot water, bathrooms and baby baths in the loo and shower areas, dishwashing facilities and a launderette. The site shop stocks foodie essentials and Calor gas as well as toys and games to keep the kids happy if it rains – or settle the family down in the TV rooms instead.
There are eateries in Seaview and an hourly bus outside Pondwell into Ryde, but if you’re wishing for more convenient cuisine go to the family-friendly Wishing Well pub on site, which dishes up top British grub for lunch and dinner.
Open from 1 Mar to 31 Oct
Walking, biking, beaching, messing around in the water and messing about at theme parks are all close to hand on the Isle of Wight, which is small enough to see most of on a hol but which still has enough to do for all flavours, whether you want to bake on the sand at one of the many bonzer beaches or get the adrenaline going with tree-climbing or watersports.
Surfing, windsailing and other watery pursuits are about half a mile away from Pondwell at Seagrove Beach, or amble along the coast path from here to Puckpool Point or Ryde East Sands. There are over 500 miles of footpaths on the island if walking’s your thang: the Isle of Wight Coastal Path covers 67 miles of them with slabs of shorter walks like the 7.5 mile Ryde to Bembridge Trail starting at Ryde pier and passing Puckpool Point and Appley Tower. It’s another 5.5 miles from Bembridge to Sandown should you be so inclined.
More of a hacker? Try a trip along some of the 165 miles of island bridleways; there are several horse-riding schools around too for beginners. Mountain bikers and more sedate cyclists are covered too, with miles of off-road and marked bike routes: try mountain biking at Brighstone for views of the island’s west coast.
Sticking very close to home, Pondwell borders the Alan Hersey Nature Reserve with wading birds and wildfowl flapping about; if you have Attenboroughs in the family they’ll probably also like the Newtown National Nature Reserve, the only national reserve on the Isle of Wight; Seaview Wildlife Encounter, the biggest animal attraction on Wight; the Isle of Wight Zoo and the Fort Victoria Marine Museum.
And the tree-climbing? Swing along to the award-winning Goodleaf for climbs and views across the Isle of Wight: the exact location is secret until you book, but we’re sure it’ll be treetastic.
Water quality at nearby bathing waters
Seagrove, Isle Of Wight
Ryde, Isle Of Wight
St Helens, Isle Of Wight
Bembridge, Isle Of Wight
Whitecliffe Bay, Isle Of Wight
- Dinosaur Isle (4.4 miles)
- Isle of Wight Steam Railway (4.4 miles)
- Royal Navy Submarine Museum (4.7 miles)
- Bembridge Windmill (2.6 miles)
- Newtown Old Town Hall (12.5 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.
- BRADING MARSHES (CURRENT BOUNDARY FROM 31/03/2006) (2.7 miles)
- Bembridge - Whitecliff (4.1 miles)
- Historic Old Portsmouth (5.3 miles)
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Leisure on site
Bar or club house
Indoor swimming pool
Outdoor swimming pool
Amenities on site
Ice pack freezing
Parent & baby washroom
Pick-up from public transport
Gas cylinders available
Touring and motorhomes
Electrical hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Public transport nearby
Large (51-200 pitches)
Ordnance Survey maps (GB and Northern Ireland only) are available at lower levels via the drop-down menu.
- Coach stations
Southsea: Clarence Pier Coach Stop — 4.6mi
Portsmouth: Southsea Coach Stop — 5.4mi
Portsmouth: The Hard Interchange — 5.4mi
- Train stations
Smallbrook Junction Rail Station — 1.7mi
Ryde St Johns Road Rail Station — 1.7mi
Ryde Esplanade Rail Station — 2.1mi
- Ferry ports
Ryde Hoverport — 2.0mi
Ryde Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 2.3mi
Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal — 4.3mi
Southampton Airport — 19.1mi
Pondwell Campsite is located at Seaview in the north east of the Isle of Wight. It is located a five-minute drive off the B3340.