There’s no need to pick between coast and countryside with a day out at Compton Bay as not only is this one of the most popular beaches on the island but it’s surrounded by a huge expanse of sprawling downland. So, if the children want to take their bucket and spades to the beach and you grown ups want to stretch your legs this day out is perfect.
You’ll find Compton Bay and Downs right at the heart of the south west of the island and the beach has a section that welcomes dog walkers throughout the year. The wide beach means that there’s plenty of room on the sand even on a busy summer’s day, and if you fancy taking the board along this is a popular spot for surfing.
If you’re not from the Isle of Wight then you’ll never stop appreciating the sight of the coloured cliffs, and the ones that back Compton are beautiful. The beach is sheltered by colourful cliffs and the area’s history dates right back to the time when dinosaurs roamed. They make a striking backdrop to the sandy beach and their geological history stretches right back to the days when dinosaurs roamed.
The downland is a haven for butterflies and flowers, so it makes a nice place for a coastal walk. The Tennyson Trail passes the top of the ridge but if you want a gentle stroll than you’ll have your pick of shorter walks.