Navigational tips and beauty spots around the north-east coast of the Isle of Wight.

Player’s Beach

Players Beach

Photo: Peter Bruce

Around 1.5km west of Ryde Pier, close inshore, is an arc of rocks, hooking into the west that forms a sheltered natural drying harbour for small boats on Players Beach. The beach is named after Thomas Player who bought and developed much of the farmland of Upper Ryde in the early 1700s, eventually merging it with the fishing and boatbuilding hamlet of Lower Ryde. There are two obstructions extending off – a pipeline and Binstead Boom, both of which can be avoided by passing to seaward of a red can marking the end of the pipeline.

  1. 1. Introduction
  2. 2. Bembridge Ledge
  3. 3. Around Bembridge to Seaview
  4. 4. St Helen's Fort
  5. 5. Priory Bay
  6. 6. The Debnigo
  7. 7. Ryde - the loss of the Royal George
  8. 8. Player's Beach
  9. 9. Quarr Abbey
  10. 10. Along Peel Bank
  11. 11. King's Quay Creek
  12. 12. Osborne Bay
  13. 13. Old Castle Point
  14. 14. Saunders-Roe
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