Our private fossil walks can be either 1 or 2 hours in duration depending on the length of experience you’re interested in!
1 hour – £55.00 per group
2 hour – £70.00 per group
(Price is inclusive for a group of 5. For groups larger than 5 there is an additional £5 per person).
We offer 4 fantastic fossil-hunting locations for you to choose from for your private walk! From walking with herds of Iguanodon on the sandy shores of Compton Bay to diving beneath the Cretaceous seas at Shanklin! Our locations are designed to allow you to explore and encounter the diversity of our island’s fossil-hunting fame!
Footsteps of Giants
Location – Compton Bay
Our most popular fossil walk along a beautiful stretch of National Trust land! Footsteps of Giants offers a unique experience focusing on the famous 130 million-year-old Wessex Formation dinosaur footprints and trackways found at Hanover Point! Learn how the footprints formed, the different species of dinosaur tracks we can encounter, and what they tell us about dinosaur biology and life on ancient floodplains.
Location – Grange Chine
Embark on a guided tour of the world-famous 130 million-year-old floodplain deposits of the Wessex Formation at Grange Chine! Learn why the Isle of Wight is the best locality in Europe for dinosaur fossils, gain an insight into life in this fascinating ancient environment, and see evidence of the vast rivers that once flowed here, all whilst hunting for your own dinosaur fossils!
Location – Shanklin Chine
115 million years ago the Isle of Wight lay under a sandy coastal sea, home to a diverse marine ecosystem. Powerful tidal currents deposited sands, mud, and pebbles across the shallow seafloor, forming the towering cliffs we now see at Shanklin. Beautifully preserved marine molluscs, ammonites, fossil driftwood, and the rare remains of dinosaurs litter the beach here. Please note: We only offer 1 hour walks at this locality.
Location – Thorness Bay
34 million years ago during the Eocene epoch, the Isle of Wight lay on a sub-tropical coastal plain, home to alligator-infested wetlands and lush forests with ancient mammals. Travel back to the Eocene at Thorness Bay and discover the fossils of alligators, turtles, fish, and mammals, learning why the Isle of Wight is one of the most important Eocene localities in Europe!