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Compton Bay

Compton Bay, United Kingdom

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About Compton Bay

A prime location for surfing and watersports, but its sandy beach and fine views over to Tennyson Down and The Needles make it ideal for just a day on the beach. Compton is a great place to pick up fossils, including those of dinosaurs, and you can book tours on the beach to see the dinosaur footprints in the sandstone ledge and also there are opportunities for so many other leisure activities too.


Attractions near Compton Bay

Compton Beach0.67km from Compton Bay

A beautiful sandy beach which was located beside the coast road between Freshwater Bay and Brook.  It offers a two-mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands snuggled between rolling surf and multi-coloured sandstone cliffs. The bay is popular with wave and kite surfers due to the waves that form when the prevailing south-westerly wind is blowing onshore.

Dimbola Museum & Galleries3.32km from Compton Bay

Dimbola was the home of the celebrated Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron. It is now a museum and galleries dedicated to her life and work, which also showcases contemporary exhibitions from photographers around the globe. The gallery hosts an annual programme of exhibitions on contemporary photography and art, as well as a permanent display on the history of the Isle of Wight music festival including original memorabilia.

The Longstone3.55km from Compton Bay

The Longstone is a beautiful megalithic monument near the village of Mottistone. It consists of two pieces of local greensand sandstone probably from a vein 100 metres away. The larger stands at 3.9 metres and the smaller lies at its foot. It has now been shown that the stones are what remains of a 6,000-year-old Neolithic communal long barrow for burying the dead.

Tennyson Trail4.76km from Compton Bay

Tennyson Trail is a beautiful 21.4 kilometer moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Newport, Isle of Wight, England that features beautiful wildflowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, running, and nature trips. One of the good trekking destinations and also you can spend some good time in the middle of nature.

Tennyson Down4.78km from Compton Bay

Tennyson Down is a life-enhancing place, where you can enjoy striding over the springy, flower-rich turf in the footsteps of poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892). This grassy, whale-backed ridge of chalk which rises to 482 ft/147m above sea level. It is part of the chalk ridge that forms the backbone of the Isle of Wight, this ridge extends to the west for 3 miles.

Tennyson Monument4.79km from Compton Bay

This imposing memorial to Alfred, Lord Tennyson, the Victorian Poet Laureate, stands on the highest point of Tennyson Dow, a long chalk ridge with sheer cliffs on its south side. After the poet's death in 1892, a fund was set up to pay for the memorial. It stands on the site of the old Nodes signal beacon that used to give warning of invasion threats. The inscription on the memorial pillar reads: 'In memory of Alfred Lord Tennyson this Cross is raised as a beacon to sailors by the people of Fres

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The Isle of Wight is a ceremonial county and the largest and second-most populous island in England. It is in the English Channel, between two and five miles off the coast of Hampshire, from which it is separated by the Solent. The island has resorts that have been holiday destinations since Victorian times and is known for its mild climate, coastal scenery, and verdant landscape of fields, downland, and chines. The island is part of the historic county of Hampshire. It is designated a UNESCO Bi