Fossil Walks

A guided fossil walk with Wight Coast Fossils can be a perfect way for all ages, interests and abilities to get out onto the breath-taking coastline of the Isle of Wight, and get hands on with the world-famous palaeontology and geological heritage that makes our island so unique, and has put us on the fossil hunting map!

Whether you’re a seasoned fossil hunter or just looking to try something new for an afternoon, we’ve got the Isle of Wight fossil hunting experience for you! Our local guides are all life-long Isle of Wight fossil hunters, who have extensive field and professional guiding experience.


Public Walks

Guided public tours at iconic Isle of Wight fossil sites. These walks are perfect for families and individuals that are looking to spend a relaxed afternoon or morning on the beach with our fossil guides, discovering and learning about the island’s ancient past.

Duration: 2 hours

Private Walks

Exclusive experiences, designed for small groups looking for a more in-depth or simply personal fossil hunting experience. An excellent opportunity to come face to face with the prehistoric past, on the UK’s very own dinosaur island!

Duration: 1 or 2 hours

Pricing:

1hr – £40.00 per group

2hr – £50.00 per group


We offer walks at 8 different fossil hunting sites around the Isle of Wight, giving you the opportunity to dive into different chapters of the island’s ancient story from the dinosaur footcasts at Hanover Point to ammonites on the shores of Shanklin!

NOTE: Due to COVID-19 Rocken End, Yaverland, Atherfield and Bouldnor Cliff are NOT available for 2020/2021.


Footsteps of Giants

Our most popular walk! Footsteps of Giants offers a unique guided tour focusing on the famous early Cretaceous dinosaur footprints and trackways found at Hanover Point. At 130 million years old these footprints are a fascinating and unique record of life on the floodplains of the world-famous Wessex Formation. Learn how the footprints formed, the different types of dinosaur tracks we can find and what they tell us about life on the island’s ancient floodplain.

Location: Compton Bay

Greensand Seas

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, muds and pebbles across the shallow seafloor, forming the towering cliffs we now see at Shanklin. Beautifully preserved marine molluscs, fossil driftwood and the rare remains of dinosaurs litter the beach here.

Location: Shanklin

Eocene Everglades

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 in time at Thorness Bay to a time when the Isle of Wight resembled the Florida! Hunt for the fossils of alligators, turtles, fish and mammals and learn why the Isle of Wight is one of the most important Eocene localities in Europe!

Location: Thorness Bay

Dinosaur Floodplains

Embark on an expert guided tour of the world-famous early Cretaceous floodplain deposits of the Wessex Formation! 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: Grange Chine