Public Fossil Walks

Our public walks offer a casual and relaxed opportunity to explore the most iconic fossil hunting locality on the Isle of Wight, Compton Bay. Join us for a leisurely stroll along the shoreline, searching for the remains of ancient life from our geological past, learning about the unique geology, and encountering the world-famous dinosaur footprints!

Our public walks are held at our most popular localitiy, Compton Bay! Compton yields a very high diversity of fossils, all sat on the beach waiting to be found! From dinosaur bones, fossil shells and all the ancient beasties in the flint stones!

We also walk back in time to walk in the Footsteps of Giants, 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 the ancient floodplains.


Adult (18-60 yrs old) – £8.50

Senior (60+ yrs old) – £6.50

Child (5-17 yrs old) – £5

Child (0-4 yrs old) – FREE

Family ticket (2x adults, 2x children) – £22

Grandparent ticket (2x seniors, 2x children) – £18

Compton Bay at a glance…

Compton Bay is the island’s most famous fossil hunting location and with good reason! Located on the south west coast, the bay is famous not just for its iconic views and surfing, but for the ancient stories within its rocks.

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