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.

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Compton Bay Beach Water Quality

Water samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
  - Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
  - Good: generally good water quality
  - Sufficient: meets minimum standards
  - Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.

7 Day Weather Forecast

Expect a temp in the range 3.6℃ to 4.8℃ with wind speed 7.5 m/sec (N)
Saturday, Jan 28partlycloudy_night
Expect a temp in the range 0.6℃ to 1.8℃ with wind speed 4.8 m/sec (NNE)
Sunday, Jan 29cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 1.8℃ to 4.1℃ with wind speed 2.3 m/sec (WNW)
Monday, Jan 30cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 7.3℃ to 9℃ with wind speed 7.4 m/sec (WSW)
Tuesday, Jan 31cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.5℃ to 7.9℃ with wind speed 4.7 m/sec (W)
Wednesday, Feb 01clearsky_night
Expect a temp in the range 5.7℃ to 6.6℃ with wind speed 7.6 m/sec (WNW)
Thursday, Feb 02cloudy
Expect a temp in the range 5.5℃ to 6.3℃ with wind speed 6.6 m/sec (WNW)

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.

Fri 27 Jan
   High Tide at 04:02 (Height 2.21m)
   Low Tide at 07:30 (Height 0.87m)
   High Tide at 13:27 (Height 2.12m)
   Low Tide at 19:51 (Height 0.81m)
Sat 28 Jan
   High Tide at 04:45 (Height 2.16m)
   Low Tide at 08:20 (Height 1.10m)
   High Tide at 14:31 (Height 1.96m)
   Low Tide at 20:44 (Height 1.09m)
Sun 29 Jan
   High Tide at 05:27 (Height 2.10m)
   Low Tide at 09:25 (Height 1.31m)
   High Tide at 17:41 (Height 1.92m)
   Low Tide at 22:10 (Height 1.34m)
Mon 30 Jan
   High Tide at 06:05 (Height 2.04m)
   Low Tide at 11:54 (Height 1.34m)
   High Tide at 18:40 (Height 1.89m)
Tue 31 Jan
   Low Tide at 00:23 (Height 1.35m)
   High Tide at 06:43 (Height 2.00m)
   Low Tide at 12:52 (Height 1.23m)
   High Tide at 21:17 (Height 1.95m)
Wed 01 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:11 (Height 1.28m)
   High Tide at 09:31 (Height 1.99m)
   Low Tide at 13:34 (Height 1.10m)
   High Tide at 22:15 (Height 2.05m)
Thu 02 Feb
   Low Tide at 01:52 (Height 1.19m)
   High Tide at 10:23 (Height 2.02m)
   Low Tide at 14:13 (Height 0.94m)
   High Tide at 22:56 (Height 2.10m)

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