Compton Bay Beach

Compton Bay Beach is a large sandy beach about two miles long and the beach is famous for its geological history going back to the dinosaurs and the views and the cliffs make a perfect backdrop for bathers.

To get there you will have to find the car park near Shippards Chine just off the A3055 and you will see the sign welcoming you to Hanover Point and the Fossil Forest. Steps lead down from the car park on the beach and there are toilets right there too.

It can be really windy on this beach but the surf is good and therefore very popular with the surfers! There is very little else on this beach as it is known for its wildness! Great for walks, picnics, surfing and fossil hunting. At low tide dinosaur foot prints can be seen imprinted in the rocks.

The south west coast of the island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.

Facilities include car park, toilets and sometimes a refreshment van.

Dog Friendly Beach?

Compton Bay Beach has dog restrictions.
Compton Bay has dog restrictions 1st May to 30th September

Why not check other beaches nearby as we have 29 beaches in Isle of Wight, or check our list of Isle of Wight Dog Friendly Beaches.

Planning your visit to Compton Bay Beach


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Place Category: Beaches

Compton Bay Beach 7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 16.3℃ to 16.9℃ with wind speed 15.3 m/sec (WSW)
Friday, Sep 29heavyrainshowers_night
Expect a temp in the range 16.1℃ to 17.8℃ with wind speed 8.7 m/sec (SW)
Saturday, Sep 30partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 12℃ to 13℃ with wind speed 4.2 m/sec (WNW)
Sunday, Oct 01cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 17.5℃ to 17.8℃ with wind speed 6.1 m/sec (SW)
Monday, Oct 02lightrain
Expect a temp in the range 16.3℃ to 17.1℃ with wind speed 2 m/sec (WSW)
Tuesday, Oct 03cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 14.6℃ to 17.4℃ with wind speed 9.6 m/sec (WSW)
Wednesday, Oct 04cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 12.7℃ to 13.9℃ with wind speed 4.6 m/sec (W)

Totland weather forecast from Yr, delivered by the Norwegian Meteorological Institute and NRK

Compton Bay Beach Tide Times

Tide times are available at around 600 locations and the closest location to Compton Bay Beach is at Freshwater Bay 2.56 km (1.59 miles) away. Tides are displayed beneath for up to 7 days and we list both high and low water times along with the height, helping you to plan the best time to visit Compton Bay Beach. These times are not adjusted for BST.

Thu 28 Sep
   Low Tide at 02:18 (Height 0.43m)
   High Tide at 08:16 (Height 2.25m)
   Low Tide at 14:44 (Height 0.50m)
   High Tide at 20:20 (Height 2.39m)
Fri 29 Sep
   Low Tide at 03:05 (Height 0.27m)
   High Tide at 08:53 (Height 2.35m)
   Low Tide at 15:29 (Height 0.34m)
   High Tide at 21:02 (Height 2.46m)
Sat 30 Sep
   Low Tide at 03:49 (Height 0.19m)
   High Tide at 09:33 (Height 2.40m)
   Low Tide at 16:12 (Height 0.26m)
   High Tide at 21:46 (Height 2.48m)
Sun 01 Oct
   Low Tide at 04:33 (Height 0.22m)
   High Tide at 10:16 (Height 2.41m)
   Low Tide at 16:55 (Height 0.28m)
   High Tide at 22:30 (Height 2.43m)
Mon 02 Oct
   Low Tide at 05:15 (Height 0.34m)
   High Tide at 10:58 (Height 2.36m)
   Low Tide at 17:37 (Height 0.39m)
   High Tide at 23:15 (Height 2.32m)
Tue 03 Oct
   Low Tide at 05:57 (Height 0.54m)
   High Tide at 11:41 (Height 2.26m)
   Low Tide at 18:18 (Height 0.57m)
Wed 04 Oct
   High Tide at 00:00 (Height 2.18m)
   Low Tide at 06:40 (Height 0.81m)
   High Tide at 12:22 (Height 2.12m)
   Low Tide at 19:02 (Height 0.80m)

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