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- Family-run park on 14 acres of pasture and woodland
- Well-stocked coarse fishing lake open all season
- A mile from Ryde and two from Appley Beach
We reckon you'll roe beck to this Isle of Wight site once or twice at least after your first hol here – at least if you're an aficionado of Rydely special views, a mild micro climate, perfect peace and quiet, close proximity to the beach, and sitting serenely to bag a goodie at a park's own fishing lake...
There are some pretty good core values for a campsite at Roebeck Camping and Caravan Park on the Isle: for starters, its setting is only a couple of miles from Ryde's Appley Beach and so it's a super base from which to explore the Solent by car, public transport or on foot. And it has simply smashing views over the Isle's Ashey Valley and the downs to the south. (And it's only a few miles by car ferry from Portsmouth too: great pip.)
Roebeck is family-run and has been under new management since 2015; it has pitches for tents, tourers and motorhomes including optional electric hook-up in a well drained, sheltered field, and family Sioux-style tipis set near the fishing lake. The shower and loo block is kept to high standards and includes laundry facilities; there's also a small campers' kitchen available with fridge, kettle, microwave and several sockets.
The site has 14 acres of pasture and woodland to lose oneself in – have a look at the pics to see of what we speak – including plenty of wooded areas to walk the family pooch, and picnic areas aplenty for sparking up the campfire. (Well-behaved dogs are very welcome, but do please keep them on leads while on site; there are lots of opps for off-lead coast and countryside walkies all around.)
Ryde is a mere five minutes away by car and is stuffed with cafés, restaurants and bars at which to get a bite or two; a Tesco hypermarket is a short drive away, and a small convenience store within a couple of minutes in the car.
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From the manager...
This is, as you are aware, a complete lie. I tried on several occasions to contact you but you perceived these had gone into your SPAM folder. I did everything to advise and recommend including numerous conversations with you and your husband.
I do not understand the title of with children. You were booked as 3 middle aged adults?
I am only now thrilled that I could not accommodate you. I explained we had, due to long range forecasts been advised to start major earth moving projects earlier in the autumn than anticipated. I also explained you could be accommodated, if preferred but you would be lower on the site, away from any inconvenience.
I could not have apologised more than I did... this clearly, in this day and age is not deemed sufficient.
poor site, very sloping
From the manager...
You were the most abusive, nasty person we have had the misfortune to meet. Not quite sure why you were so interested in wifi only - it was allegedly a holiday! We make no secret of providing free wifi but it is limited to sensible use and not streaming .....!
You kept no one informed. You told us within minutes of your due arrival and again 10pm the night before your arrival many days later! We, nor any other site is under any obligation to keep a pitch vacant.
Our site which is 14 acres self rules to a maximum of 65 pitches although we are within our rights to accommodate 25 pitches per acre which equates to 350 pitches - hardly all pressed together...
we complained whilst this (person) was with us and we complained about his behaviour and we have disputed his claims. They do not like the fact I have told them to not make any further contact with me - I'm pretty sure many will follow..
You were offered any space but wanted one as close to WIFI as possible - my 1st paragraph speaks for itself!
Let's not forget the many 'begging' phone calls.
This, will, no doubt, be taken down. Unfortunately it's being copied to my lawyer.
Loved it, would definitely go again
Facilities and locality
Fantastic site for tents not requiring an electric hook up
Enjoyable stay, staff really friendly, pitches huge,
From the manager...
Thank you for your very positive feedback.
We are in the process of rebuilding an ablution block in the lower fields, although the one there is hardly old and tatty. As the North Field will be now only luxury lodges from the end of August.
We do have a high 3 star rating with AA and we do not pretend to be anything other than 3 star. This is in fact all over our literature.
We do look forward to welcoming you back.
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
Drainage hook-up points for tourers
Fully serviced pitches
Tourer storage facilities
Water hook-up points for tourers
Commercial vehicles allowed
Dogs allowed all year
Lake and/or mountain
Leave the car at home
Cycle hire nearby
Horse riding nearby
Indoor pool nearby
Leisure/theme park nearby
Mountain biking nearby
Outdoor pool nearby
Surf school nearby
D. of E. welcome
Single-sex groups welcome
Student groups welcome
Nearby farmers' market
Public transport nearby
Medium (26-50 pitches)
Jumbo tent pitches
Tipis, yurts, or wigwams
- Coach stations
Southsea: Clarence Pier Coach Stop — 6.3 miles
6.3 miles Portsmouth: The Hard Interchange — 6.8 miles
6.8 miles Portsmouth: Southsea Coach Stop — 7.0 miles
- Train stations
Smallbrook Junction Rail Station — 1.0 miles
1.0 miles Ryde St Johns Road Rail Station — 1.4 miles
1.4 miles Ryde Esplanade Rail Station — 1.8 miles
- Ferry ports
Ryde Hoverport — 1.8 miles
1.8 miles Ryde Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 2.2 miles
2.2 miles Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal — 2.2 miles
Southampton Airport — 18.5 miles
18.5 miles Bournemouth International Airport — 29.1 miles
From the Fishbourne Ferry Terminal - turn right when exiting the ferry terminal. At the traffic lights, turn left onto the A3054 heading towards Ryde. Continue on this road until you reach the outskirts of Ryde and then, at the traffic lights, carry straight ahead (signposted 'all through traffic') along Pellhurst Road. At the end of Pellhurst Road, turn right onto Upton Road. When you reach the mini-roundabout at Upton, continue straight ahead. Turn left at the gate and continue 80 yards ahead into the park.
How we love the Isle of Wight, which has pretty much all we ever want to do on a holiday, all in one compact islandy goodness: beaches, history, nature, a steam railway, more beaches, a zoo, a vineyard and even dinosaurs…
Many of the Isle's sands are within a short drive of Roebeck Camping and Caravan Park, but start out first at famed Appley Beach to see Puckpool Park, miles of sandy shoreline and the gothic Victorian landmark Appley Tower, where the kids can tire themselves out while adults soak up the sun and the smashing views across Ryde to Portsmouth.
(Also for the grownups: Rosemary Vineyard at Newport is one of England's biggest – and has free admission.)
Tire the kids out too at the award-winning Isle of Wight Zoo, which has Britain's biggest collection of tigers, or by letting them get up close to the penguins, meerkats and other inhabitants of Seaview Wildlife Encounter on the north coast. Endangered species can be seen among the rainforests of Amazon World Park at Sandown.
We'd also (highly) recommend a puff on the Isle of Wight Steam Railway, chuffing along a five-mile course from Wootton to Smallbrook Junction, and at least an afternoon at award-winning Brading Roman Villa, one of our fave Roman sites in all the land.
But we did mention dinosaurs? Tire the little tykes out once and for all with a day at Dinosaur Isle, one of the Isle of Wight's most topping attractions and filled with fossils, mega 'saurus facts and loads of guided walks and exhibitions. Best of all? It's less than four miles from base - how riproaring good is that.
- Isle of Wight Steam Railway (1.7 miles)
- Dinosaur Isle (3.8 miles)
- Osborne House (5.1 miles)
- Bembridge Windmill (3.9 miles)
- Newtown Old Town Hall (9.9 miles)
Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.