Live camera looking across ‘The Solent’ from Ryde to Portsmouth.

Where does this webcam live?  – Click here for video tour.

Visiting Ryde?

Here’s a few options to stay or to eat…


The video that inspired

 In the Summer of 2016 we installed a time-lapse camera on All Saints Church tower in Ryde. The video below was viewed thousands of times on social media and led to calls for a permanent webcam to be installed.



Solent View — 14 Comments

  1. Brilliant website. One of the best Cam sites anywhere. Excellent quality pictures. Is it possible to sometimes change the panning view for a change of scenery and maybe show a closer up pan of the mainland shore?

  2. Excellent webcam setup and has been for a good period. Interested too hear about the new Cowes camera. Is that going to replace the one which seems to have disappeared from the Camsecure site?

  3. Great cam, I married an island girl and we have a small apartment in Ryde which I can just about see the roof of in the picture. We live in Switzerland now and I like to watch the hovercraft arrive and depart when I know my wife is on it during her regular visits.This has to be one of the most interesting see views with so much passing sea traffic.

  4. Fantastic camera work following HMS Queen Elizabeth back into port watched it travel through Appley beach cam then on to Solent cam. Watching from Buckinghamshire.

  5. Hello friends, you can not imagine how much it means to me to be able to have a daily look at the beautiful Solent and Ryde. Thank you so much for your work, please keep it up. Lots of love from Romania xx

  6. Fantastic views from this camera but the best view is when it occasionally swings right round towards Fishbourne creek and you can see as far as Southampton water. i wish it did that more often, especially when the liners are coming out.

  7. Fantastic camera site. I use it for checking out the conditions before I come down to my boat in Langstone Harbour! Live near Epsom, Surrey, so can save me a wasted journey. I can see if its windy, raining snowing, whatever and make the call to come down or not.
    Thank you for setting up such good cameras.
    One question, are the cameras manually controlled? (especially when viewing vessels in the Solent) or do they employ some special software to track large objects?
    BTW, a bit of tech details on the cameras used would be interesting.

    • Hi, We can take manual control of the cameras as you have just seen, but most of the time they are automated. Glad you like what we’re up to and hope you come and visit the Island on your boat soon.

  8. It is wonderful to see the Spithead as I used to when I lived in Union Street, 1947 – 1963. If only you could arrange another Fleet Review, what a sight that would be!

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