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Compton Bay Beach

Totland, Isle of Wight

Compton Bay is a two mile stretch of sand and rocky shore and is one of the most unspoilt beaches on the Isle of Wight. The south west coast of the island is a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI), a Heritage Coast and an Area of Outstanding Natural

Beach Type



Toilets with disabled facilities
A camp site at Compton Farm is nearby - access by road from Brook (east end only)


Surfing and sea canoeing take place from the beach
It provides excellent rock pooling

Nature and Wildlife

There are a range of lovely coastal walks to the nearby downland owned by the National Trust. The coastal footpath is closed from Hanover Point to Freshwater Bay.

Water Quality




Cleaning and Litter

The beach is cleaned daily during July. August and September and weekly between Easter and October. There are no litter bins or dog bins.


but dogs are banned from 1st June to 30th September.

Awards and Recommendations

Marine Conservation Society Recommended

Tourist Information

Isle of Wight Tourism. The Quay. Yarmouth. Isle of Wight. Tel: +44 (0)1983 760015 . OR: South Street. Newport. Isle of Wight. Tel: +44 (0)1983 525450.


Nearest town: Totland
County: Isle of Wight
Latitude/Longitude: 50.6548, -1.46662
Postcode: PO30 4HB
(postcode is for sat-nav purposes only, and may not represent the actual address of the beach)

Explore more of the area around Totland, Isle of Wight at Explore Britain.


Follow the coastal footpath from the A3055 Freshwater - Ventnor road. This road is closed from February to at least August 2003. However. access to the beach is still open by road from the Brook (east) end. The two car parks (Hanover Point and Compto

Public Transport

Trains run from Ryde to Shanklin. The No. 7 Bus from Ventnor. the 7A Bus from Freshwater and the No. 12 usually pass the beach regularly. This summer. due to the closure of the Military Road between February and August. these buses will turn off the

Nearest Railway Stations

Lymington Pier (Approx. 8 miles away)
Lymington Town (Approx. 8 miles away)
Sway (Approx. 11 miles away)
New Milton (Approx. 11 miles away)

Important! Distances are as the crow (or seagull) flies. Road distances may be considerably longer, especially at estuary locations.


The car parks are pay and display during the summer.

Nearby Car Parks

Hanover Point, Compton Bay (Unknown stay).
About 0 miles away
Brook Chine, Brook (Unknown stay).
About 0.5 miles away
Compton Chine, Freshwater Bay (Unknown stay).
About 0.8 miles away
Whiteways, Freshwater (Unknown stay).
About 1.1 miles away
Mottistone Manor, Mottistone (Unknown stay).
About 1.7 miles away
Freshwater Cliffs, Freshwater Bay (Unknown stay).
About 1.9 miles away
Strawberry Lane, Mottistone (Unknown stay).
About 2.1 miles away
Gate Lane - Freshwater Bay, Freshwater (Long stay).
About 2.2 miles away
Chilton Chine, Brighstone (Unknown stay).
About 2.3 miles away
Mottistone Down, Mottistone (Unknown stay).
About 2.6 miles away

Accomodation Links

Hotels and Guest Houses in Totland