Compton Bay and Downs, Isle of Wight

Family on the beach at Compton Bay, Isle of Wight

On the south west coast of the Isle of Wight, the rolling Downs meet the white and gold cliffs of Compton Bay. This family friendly beach is a prime spot for swimming and surfing.

For the best views at Compton Bay, take a walk, cycle or horse ride along the Tennyson Trail, which meanders its way along the coastline. Through the summer months, the surrounding Compton Downs are packed with wildflowers and butterflies.
But Compton Bay is most famous for its Cretaceous treasures. The Isle of Wight is the richest source of dinosaur remains in Europe, and the beach near Hanover point is the ideal place to hunt for them. Even dinosaur footprints remain- some of them have been preserved as footcasts, others can only be seen at low tide.