A day out in Appley Park
A day out in Appley Park, Ryde
If you’re thinking about joining Goodleaf for a tree climb, then you may be interested to hear that there are other lovely things to do in Appley Park before (and after!) you’ve descended from our beautiful tree.
Appley is a little bit tucked away from Ryde town centre, and although it’s a popular spot with locals, we think it’s a bit of a hidden Isle of Wight gem. Whether you feel like making a whole day of it, just want to experience being out and about in this historic and peaceful park or simply relax with an ice cream after your climb, you’re sure to find something to enjoy in Appley.
Hanging out in Appley Park is a fantastic family day out and, as well as an assortment of pleasing eateries just minutes away from the Goodleaf tree, you can go swimming, build sandcastles, try orienteering, explore the park (it used to be the gardens of a manor house), visit the famous Appley Tower, enjoy a lovely adventure playground…plus take in a fantastic view of the Solent.
What more could you need for the perfect holiday day out?
Playing games the Appley Park way
The well equipped adventure playground is just next to the gorgeous sandy beach, giving younger kids the opportunity to enjoy themselves to the full. A pirate ship, slides, play huts, sand winches, swings and slides make it more fun than your little ones can imagine.
For the grown ups and older ones, there’s the glorious parkland to explore, with large grassy areas, perfect if you’ve got your four legged friend with you, ancient woodland and plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting; you might even see one of the Isle of Wight’s famous red squirrels.
Walk the Goodleaf way
Appley Park was once part of the grounds of Appley Towers and was landscaped in about 1798 by Humphry Repton (a mate of Capability Brown). And while the house may no longer stand, it’s easy to see why it was built facing the gorgeous views of the Solent – have a look when you visit and see if you can spot the Spinnaker Tower in Portsmouth.
There are lots of ways to explore the beautiful grounds of the park – have a wander down to Appley Tower and beyond past Puckpool Park and on towards the yachting village of Seaview. Or meander the other way, past Appley Beach Cafe and The Three Buoys where you’ll come to Ryde seafront with its range of traditional seaside entertainments. A walk into Ryde from the Goodleaf tree takes about 20 minutes.
For something a bit different – and lots of fun – you could try our very own orienteering walk around Appley. We wanted to provide a fun, alternative and off the beaten track way around the park – and it’s for anyone of any age. A great way to find your way around and uncover the less well known delights of the park, our orienteering map can be downloaded here – just follow the simple instructions for a walk to remember.
Take a dip at Appley beach
As our summer days are long and hot down here on the Isle of Wight, one of our favourite things to do is take a dip in the shallow, calm and welcoming water of Appley Sands – just the thing after tree climbing.
With an endless sandy beach (the local urban myth says the sand was imported from the Sahara Desert), there’s plenty of space for sandcastles and sunbathing, as well as paddling, swimming and beachcombing. The main part of the beach is dog-free from May to September but you can walk your four-legged pal on the beach just past Appley Tower, the eye-catching folly on the seafront.
The Tower is one of the first things visitors notice in Appley Park , built in 1875 its turret makes it look like a tiny fairytale castle. One of the most recognisable historic buildings on the whole island, the Tower is open every now and again, giving you the chance to climb up and experience the views from a unique vantage point. It’s also a popular marker for locals to meet up for coastal walks and excursions.
Ancient woodland walks
There is a vast green area in Appley Park, with plenty of room to run, walk, picnic or just laze about enjoying the scenery. Little Appley Park is an area of truly ancient woodland, worth rambling through for the peace, beauty and serenity – you could also quite easily spot red squirrels if you keep an eye out.
We love Appley!
We really love our special seaside location and spend lots of time in the park even when we’re not tree climbing. We hope you’ll agree that Appley Park is much more than a park – it’s somewhere you’ll want to return to again and again.