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Place Category: Beaches
Compton Bay Beach is a large sandy beach about two miles long and the beach is famous for its geological history going back to the dinosaurs and the views and the cliffs make a perfect backdrop for bathers.
To get there you will have to find the car park near Shippards Chine just off the A3055 and you will see the sign welcoming you to Hanover Point and the Fossil Forest. Steps lead down from the car park on the beach and there are toilets right there too.
It can be really windy on this beach but the surf is good and therefore very popular with the surfers! There is very little else on this beach as it is known for its wildness! Great for walks, picnics, surfing and fossil hunting. At low tide dinosaur foot prints can be seen imprinted in the rocks.
The south west coast of the island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty.
Facilities include car park, toilets and sometimes a refreshment van.
Dog restrictions 1st May to 30th September
Compton Bay Beach Weather Forecast
Light rain throughout the week, with temperatures falling to 17°C on Saturday.Light rain in the morning.Today's Forecast
14->1954% 47% 8 mph
5:04 am 9:04 pmLight rain in the evening and overnight.Sunday, May 28th
11->2131% 60% 6 mph
5:03 am 9:06 pmLight rain until evening.Monday, May 29th
13->1864% 81% 7 mph
5:02 am 9:07 pmPartly cloudy until afternoon.Tuesday, May 30th
11->180% 30% 11 mph
5:01 am 9:08 pmPartly cloudy until afternoon.Wednesday, May 31st
11->180% 18% 5 mph
5:00 am 9:09 pmMostly cloudy starting in the evening.Thursday, Jun 1st
13->170% 18% 8 mph
4:59 am 9:10 pmMostly cloudy throughout the day.Friday, Jun 2nd
12->170% 84% 8 mph
4:59 am 9:11 pmDrizzle overnight.Saturday, Jun 3rd
11->1726% 33% 1 mph
4:58 am 9:12 pm
Compton Bay Beach Tide Times
Compton Bay Beach Water quality
Samples are taken at regular intervals during the bathing season and at the end of the season the water quality is classified as:
- Excellent: the highest classification meaning the water is cleanest
- Good: generally good water quality
- Sufficient: meets minimum standards
- Poor: You are advised not to swim. The beach will stay open and an action plan should be in place to improve the water quality.
Photos from around the surrounding area