National Trust Fossil Walks

New for 2023!

We’re working with the National Trust to provide fossil tours at Compton Bay!

These tours are 1 hour in duration.

During the tour, your guide Megan will take you back in time to the Cretaceous, some 130 million years ago. Megan will use the fossils and clues in the rocks to build a picture of the dramatic changes the island has undergone, as well as showing you how to find your own piece of prehistoric treasure!

The walks finish with the indisputable evidence that dinosaurs once roamed across the island – the famous Hanover Point dinosaur footprints!

Please find the booking form below to book your National Trust walk!

Dates and times

9th December, 13.00 – 14.00

22nd December, 11.00 – 12.00

6th January, 11.00 – 12.00

20th January, 11.00 – 12.00

3rd February, 11.00 – 12.00

17th February, 11.00 – 12.00

9th March, 15.00 – 16.00

23rd March, 15.00 – 16.00

A large dinosaur footprint
A large chunk of fossil wood covered in fools gold


£5 per adult

£3 per child

Please fill in the form below to book your walk!

Please be aware that our booking form is not a automated system. During busy periods, there may be a delay in our response to your enquiries as our guides are out providing fossil tours!

We will reply to your enquiry as soon as we can.

About Compton Bay

Compton yields many different fossils, all lying on the beach waiting to be discovered. From dinosaur bones, fossil shells, and many ancient beasties in the flintstones!

Our walks are suitable for all ages, however please note that Compton beach is accessible by a set of wooden steps. There is ample parking in the National Trust car park with toilets on-site.

View of the white chalk at Compton