Compton Bay and Downs

One of the island's favourite beaches and biggest expanses of open downland

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Compton Bay and Downs


Compton Bay and Downs

What's on 

Upcoming events

Butterfly Walk

Mon 30 Jul 2018
Our ranger will guide you across two miles of Compton Down, one of the best sites for butterflies on the Isle of Wight.

Compton Sandcastle Competition

Wed 01 Aug 2018
Pit your wits and creative skills against the elements for the 'Last Castle Standing' competition or use your design skills to create a spectacular sand sculpture in our 'Design' competition.
Compton Bay and Downs

Places to stay

View of Compton Farm holiday cottages and Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

Stay by the sea 

Watch the waves rolling in against the dramatic backdrop of the cliffs from your holiday cottage at Compton Farm.

Compton Bay and Downs

Our work

A view from Dunsbury westwards to Tennyson with a setting sun

Dunsbury Farm – protecting a butterfly paradise 

Securing the future of one of the UK’s rarest butterflies: Dunsbury Farm on the Isle of Wight – our largest English coastal acquisition in over 20 years – will help protect the Glanville fritillary butterfly, and champion wildlife-friendly farming.

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Get involved

People sitting on the chalk cliffs at Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

Isle of Wight Association 

Find out more about how you can join the Isle of Wight Association, and support the work of the National Trust.