is a bay
located on the southwest section of the Isle of Wight
. The northern edge of the bay is defined by a distinctive white chalk cliff
called Freshwater Cliff
, named after Freshwater Bay
which is located next to them and forms a small but piercing bay into them. The eastern edge of the bay is formed from soft red and orange cretaceous
rocks that are rapidly eroding.
The bay is popular with wave and kite surfers
due to the reliable and consistent waves that form when the prevailing south-westerly wind is blowing onshore. The beach is gently shelving and consists mostly of sand.
There are dinosaur footprint
visible in Compton Bay when the tide
is low this is one of the best areas to see the Dinosaurs of the Isle of Wight
. At high tide the sea covers the beach almost completely.
The Isle of Wight Coastal Path
runs along the cliff edge for the entire extent of the bay.
<gallery>Image:Compton Bay.jpg|Compton Bay looking north west to Tennyson Down
Image:Near hanover point isle of wight.jpg|Shore at the southern end of Compton BayImage:Low tide at hanover point isle of wight.jpg|Low tide at Hanover Point</gallery>
Compton Bay is the Isle of wight's most famous surf spot, With a choice of a rocky reef
break or a slightly tamer but heavier sandbar break to choose from Compton Bay is the Island surfers spot of... Read More