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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 Wishing Well Campsite 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 Wishing Well Campsite 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 Wishing Well Campsite 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.

Depart: (2 nights)


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Leisure on site

Bar or club house

Cycle hire

Evening entertainment


Fitness centre

Games room

Indoor swimming pool

Kids' club

On-site restaurant/cafe

Outdoor swimming pool

Play area

Take away


TV room


Amenities on site

Bath available

Disabled facilities

Drying room

Food shop

Free wifi

Ice pack freezing

Internet access


Local produce

Parent & baby washroom

Pick-up from public transport

Public telephone

Shower available

Toilet block

Washing-up area



Charging facilities

Chemical disposal

Gas cylinders available

Recycling available

Renewable energy

Touring and motorhomes

Tourer storage facilities


Barbecues allowed

Campfires allowed

Commercial vehicles allowed

Dogs allowed

Dogs allowed all year


Gastronomic delight

Leave the car at home


Remote location

Spectacular scenery

Walkers' paradise

Wildlife haven

Nearby leisure

Canoeing/kayaking nearby

Climbing nearby

Cycle hire nearby

Cycling nearby

Fishing nearby

Golf nearby

Horse riding nearby

Indoor pool nearby

Mountain biking nearby

Outdoor pool nearby

Restaurant nearby

Sailing nearby

Surf school nearby

Tennis nearby

Watersports nearby

Groups welcome

D. of E. welcome

Family friendly

Motorcycle friendly

Rallies welcome

Single-sex groups welcome

Student groups welcome

Nearby amenities

Bar nearby

Public transport nearby

Shop nearby


Large (51-200 pitches)

Pub campsite

Camping 2.0

Bell tents


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  • Pondwell Hill, Seaview, Ryde, Isle Of Wight, England, PO33 1QA
  • Timezone Europe/London BST (GMT+01:00)   GPS 50.7164°N 1.1232°W

Nearest transport

Coach stations
Southsea: Clarence Pier Coach Stop — 4.9 miles
Portsmouth: Southsea Coach Stop — 5.6 miles
Portsmouth: The Hard Interchange — 5.7 miles
Train stations
Smallbrook Junction Rail Station — 1.4 miles
Ryde St Johns Road Rail Station — 1.6 miles
Ryde Esplanade Rail Station — 2.0 miles
Ferry ports
Ryde Hoverport — 1.9 miles
Ryde Pier Head Ferry Terminal — 2.3 miles
Fishbourne IOW Ferry Terminal — 4.1 miles
Southampton Airport — 19.2 miles


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.

We are only a short 12-minute journey from Ryde Esplanade on bus line #8. By car, follow signs to Ryde and continue towards Pondwell Hill / Seaview.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel using the Get directions button above.

Local attractions

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 Wishing Well Campsite 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, Wishing Well Campsite 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.

Must see

  • Isle of Wight Steam Railway (4.1 miles)
  • Dinosaur Isle (4.1 miles)
  • Royal Navy Submarine Museum (5.0 miles)

National Trust

  • Bembridge Windmill (2.5 miles)
  • Newtown Old Town Hall (12.3 miles)

Cycle routes

Find local routes on the National Cycle Network - over 12,000 miles of cycling routes.

Please note: All distances on this page are calculated "as the crow flies" - please check actual distance depending on your mode of travel.


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Terms and conditions

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Additional terms

Please note that on August bank holiday weekend the Isle Of Wight has its annual scooter rally. Please bear this in mind if booking this site, there will be over 400 scooters staying at Wishing Well Campsite between the 27/08 and 31/08.

Admission is only permitted after registering at reception.
Unsupervised minors must have a letter of authorisation from their parents or legal guardian.

Arrivals and departures
Late arrivals must notify the campsite/park as soon as possible. Your booking will be held for 24 hours. After this period the management reserves the right to relet your unit.
No refunds for late arrivals or early departures.
Units will be allocated on arrival.

Dogs must be kept on leads and supervised at all times.
Fouling must be cleaned up immediately.
We do not accept breeds/crossbreeds listed in the Dangerous Dogs Act.
Your dog must be tattooed and microchipped.

Please note, the car is only included in the rate if you are travelling with a touring caravan or a tent.

All damages must be paid for.
Bookings are nominative and non-transferable.
Guests are asked to avoid any noise or nuisance that may disturb other clients.
It is compulsory to wear the campsite wrist-band for the entire stay.
Radio, music and TV players must be kept at a low volume. Car doors and boots must be closed quietly.
The management reserves the right to deny access or terminate the stay of those guests whose behaviour is deemed unsuitable. No refunds will be offered.

Occupancy cannot exceed the number stated on the booking form.

Dirty water, rubbish and any waste must be disposed of in the indicated areas.
Hang your laundry in the room provided. Laundry may be hung up on the pitch provided it does not interfere or disturb neighbouring pitches and must not be suspended from trees under any circumstances.
Please be considerate of the natural surroundings, plants and trees. It is forbidden to put nails/tent pegs in trees and to cut any branches.
Please keep your pitch and the facilities tidy and clean.
The establishment is not liable for any damages to guests’ equipment. Guests must have civil liability insurance.
You must follow the management directives when pitching your tent/unit and related equipment.

All payments to be made at reception within opening hours.
Our reception team is available to help and provide all kinds of information, help and suggestions.
Reception is open from 9am to 11pm between 01/04 and 30/09.
Reception is open from 9am to 6pm between 01/10 and 31/03.

Barbecues are permitted but must be raised off the ground and attended by an adult at all times.
Children must be supervised by their parents at all times.
Fire extinguishers and first aid kits are available on site.
Open fires are prohibited and any electric appliances used on site must not be faulty.
The campsite shall not be responsible for your personal belongings.

Only one car is to be parked by the pitch. Extra cars must be parked in the designated area.
Parked vehicles must not obstruct car traffic or other pitches.

Hosts are responsible for their behaviour.
Visitors must register at reception and pay their fee.
Visitors’ cars are not permitted on the campsite.