Please use the monthly menu above to navigate your way to the time of year you are interested in. Additional trips are sometimes added nearer the time due to demand; details are then added to this webpage. For supplementary information on fossil walks please see the yellow box at the beginning of each month.All of our beach walks take place on sand, and sometimes there are pools of water so please wear sensible footwear (wellingtons are a good idea in the winter).Please note that past events are left advertized on this webpage to give an idea of what we do throughout the year.
ALL FOSSIL AND LANDSCAPE WALKS MUST BE PRE-BOOKED AND PAID. Discount vouchers apply only to museum admission and are not refundable against fossil walks.
The booking lists for fossil walks during Easter and the summer holidays are usually full two days prior to the walk so please book early enough to ensure a place.
YaverlandA few minutes walk along the seawall from Dinosaur Isle, and then via a short flight of steps onto a sandy beach.We have a beach wheelchair which is available for children during the Yaverland walks. The child must be capable of supporting their own back, and will need to be capable of walking or being carried down the short flight of steps between the carpark and the beach. Please let us know when you book the walk if you require the chair so that we can ensure that it is ready. Please visit our School field trip webpage for a picture of the chair at Yaverland.ShanklinThe sandy and pebbly foreshore is reached by a wide concrete ramp. The beach is crossed by wooden groynes and so participants may need to step over these if the tide is higher than normal. Further on the beach can be covered by larger boulders, and there may be rockpools depending on the sand conditions on the day.Brook BayAccess is via a muddy path (during the winter, or after rain) with a cobbled surface onto a sandy beach. In places the beach is crossed by sandy ridges and those who take part may need to step over these. The shore platform can be slippery and wet so wellingtons with good grip are advisable.Compton BayThis beach is accessed by a flight of wooden steps and a final set of steep metal steps. The surface is mainly sandy, but underneath can be muddy and there are often wet pools or streams to cross. Wellingtons with good grip are advisable.Ventnor GeowalkThis takes place along steep paths and steps so is not suitable for buggies or wheelchairs. Due to the unguarded nature of some edges this walk is for adults and teenagers only, with dogs on leads please.
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4th to 19th
FREE family event to celebrate the Island's coast, countryside and wildlife at the newly refurbished Fort Victoria Country Park.Lots of fantastic displays and children's activities taking place throughout the day including rockpooling, fossil hunting, Forest School activities, woodland walks and rural crafts. A free park and ride service is available from Golden Hill Fort car park throughout the day. A partnership event co-ordinated by Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wildlife Trust. Tel. (01983) 760018Fort VictoriaWesthill LaneNortonYarmouth PO41 0RRNO BOOKING REQUIRED.
Cycle Ride&Fossil Walk'Shanklin, Shells and Sycles'.
Sunday 15th1 pm
Friday 20th(Southampton)andSaturday 21st(Isle of Wight)
Current Events Past EventsSummer Exhibition