Compton Bay and Downs

Looking down the valley to Compton Farm and Tennyson Down in late autumn sunlight

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

Walk our trails

Compton Bay and Downs


A couple explore the beach in the sunshine at Compton Bay

Time travelling rocks 

Look at the different coloured cliffs in Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight. From right to left (east to west), the rocks become younger.

This footcast of a three-toed Iguanodon footprint at Compton is more than a metre wide

Searching for fossils around Compton Bay 

Forget the Jurassic Coast – the richest source of dinosaur remains in Europe is found on the Isle of Wight. And our beach between Brook Bay and Compton Bay is the best place to search on the island. So come and search for the remains of dinosaurs at low tide – who knows what you may be lucky enough to find?

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.

Compton Bay and Downs

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.