A walk to Compton Bay and back over the hills Compton Bay link
  Length 7.4 miles
Duration 3 hours 25 minutes
Overview This may well be one of the best walks you will ever go on. Starting the walk at the beautiful Freshwater Bay, you climb a wooden stairway at the end of the beach up to the cliffs. The views along the chalk cliffs are dramatic and stunning. When you reach Compton Bay you have a choice of walking along the sandy cliffs or going down to the beach via a long wooden stairway. Although the National Trust beach at Compton Bay has few facilities it is one of the best loved beaches on the island.......
  ......The beach is famous for finding dinosaur bones and fossils. Dinosaur footprints can be seen at low tide. Then pass by the small, quiet, rural village of Brook and turn left along Badger Lane. Once you reach the top of the Downs you'll notice several ancient mounds, these are barrows from the bronze age, marked as 'five barrows' on maps, although in fact there are eight mounds. From here it is all downhill to Freshwater Bay with amazing views of either side of the island and passing through probably one of the most scenic golf courses you'll ever see.   Traveling to Freshwater From Brockenhurst (on the main London Waterloo to Weymouth line) take the branch line to Lymington Pier (2 stops). The Wightlink ferry takes about 30 minutes to Yarmouth. You can purchase a rail ticket that includes the ferry travel to Yarmouth. There is a large car park at the Lymington ferry terminal for car users. Buses run every half hour from Yarmouth - Only the Needles tour bus (March 16th 2013 to end of October) now goes from Yarmouth to Freshwater Bay (fare £10, all day travel, half-fare age 5-18 yrs, £20 group up to 5).  
Map of Compton Bay
Freshwater Bay   Freshwater Bay   Stairway to Compton Bay   Cliffs near Compton Bay
Cliffs near Compton Bay   Badger Lane   Hills above Compton Bay   Hills above Compton Bay
 
         
 
       
 

 

 

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