Discover dinosaur footprints on the beach

Brook, Isle of Wight

Everyone who has been to the beach has seen footprints left in the sand, but have you ever seen ones that have been left by a dinosaur?


The sea at Hanover Point on Brook Beach reveals an incredible secret at low tide, as the fossilised footprints of dinosaurs that roamed the earth millions of years ago are uncovered. These ‘footcasts’ are understood to belong to Iguanodon dinosaurs, or the slightly more common theropod.

The best way to find them is to book onto one of the many fossil tours that run along this beach. If you time it to catch the low tide you can spot the petrified forest at Hanover Point, which although heavily eroded by the sea you can still make out the structures of the trees that once stood there.

Once you’ve marvelled at the fossils you can keep walking west to Compton Bay, a favourite spot with locals. There’s usually an ice cream van ready to satisfy hungry fossil hunters.

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