Compton Cliffs in bloom

Compton cliffs are one of the most dramatic natural features of the Back of the Wight, fringing the graceful curve of Compton Bay these magnificent chalk walls mark a clear land edge on this changable coast. Being chalk on a clear day they gleam like those at dover


These cliffs have a unique formation because owing to tetonic activity that has lifted and twisted the layers so thats ancient rocks are now exposed by erosion.


These layers contain many fossils of prehistoric life, particualy famous are the plentiful dinosaur bones and fossils that are regulally found in the exposed strata. These dinosaurs are kept in several local museums including the (late) Dinosaur Farm and Dinosaur Isle.