Compton Bay and Downs

Walkers follow the coast path behind Compton Bay, with red sandstone and white chalk cliffs in front

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

Compton Bay and Downs

Things to see and do

Family bodyboarding at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

Surfing at Compton Bay 

The place to surf on the Isle of Wight is at Compton Bay. It offers some of the best surf and facilities in the south of England, so come along.

Walk our trails

View from Freshwater Bay of Tennyson Down, Isle of Wight

More about visiting the Isle of Wight 

Whether its walking, cycling, family fun, wildlife or history that interests you, you can find it all on the Isle of Wight.

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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?

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What's on 

Upcoming events

Compton Sandcastle Competition

Tue 15 Aug 2017
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.
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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.

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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.