Appley Park and Beach is one of the largest and most popular open spaces in Ryde, and includes the Isle of Wight’s largest beach.
The site is woodland and grassland, sloping down to the shore where the beach is accessible at all stages of the tide. There are gentle, surfaced walks along the shore in both directions, towards Ryde to the west and Seaview to the east. These are very popular for promenading, and are often busy with walkers, pedestrians, cyclists and dog-walkers.
Appley has panoramic views to the mainland coast of Hampshire, including the Spinnaker Tower at Portsmouth. It also has views of the 1860s forts of No Man’s Land and Horse Sand built on artificial islands in the Solent. The public park totals approximately 11 hectares (27 acres).