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Compton Bay on the Isle of Wight is one of the best beaches in the UK according to the travel experts at Rough Guides.


The leading publisher of travel guides and travel content, the Rough Guides editorial team have chosen Compton as the “much-loved haunt of the Isle of Wight’s surf (kite and board) dudes and the place “where the Tennyson Trail laces its way along the coastline”.


Also known as a great place for fossil hunting and paragliding, Compton offers a two-mile stretch of contrasting golden and dark sands, with rolling seas, tumbling multi-coloured sandstone cliffs, and the white chalk cliffs at Freshwater in the distance.


It is one 15 of UK’s beaches listed in “The UK’s Best Beaches” category, which includes Porthcurno in Cornwall, Bamburgh Beach in Northumberland, Rhossili Beach in Wales and Blackpool Pleasure Beach in Lancashire.


David Thornton, CEO, Visit Isle of Wight welcomed the news and said: “Island beaches are a big draw for visitors and we are therefore thrilled to be listed by this highly respected publisher of travel guides.


“Whether you’re a thrill seeker looking for excitement or a parent planning a short break, Compton, like so many of the Island’s beaches, provides plenty of inspiration.”


There are currently 17 award-winning beaches on the Isle of Wight, including the four Blue Flag beaches at Sandown, Ventnor, Yaverland and Colwell. 


Councillor Shirley Smart, Executive member for economy and tourism at the Isle of Wight Council, said: “It is fantastic that an Island beach has been recognised as one of the UK’s best beaches by such an internationally renowned travel guide. We have so many wonderful beaches to choose from, visitors are spoilt for choice.”


Compton was recommended by the Marine Conservation Society for the quality of its waters in 2012 and has now been named as one of the UK’s top beaches by travel experts Rough Guides.   Read more:   http://www.roughguides.com/gallery/the-best-british-beaches/#/6


For all tourist information, visit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk.




For further information, please contact:   Sue Emmerson, Press Officer, Tel: 01983 201048, 07766 705672, E-mail: sue@visitwight.org


Notes to editors


Image of Compton Bay attached, please credit www.visitisleofwight.co.uk


Visit Isle of Wight Ltd


Working in partnership with Visit England, Visit Isle of Wight Ltd (VIOW) is responsible for developing tourism and attracting more visitors to the Isle of Wight.   As well as the consumer website (www.visitisleofwight.co.uk) the DMO also operates a small industry website containing recent research and tourism news along with links to Visit England reports and opportunities: www.visitwight.org


Rough Guides


For further information on Rough Guides please contact: Duncan Campbell, Press Officer, Tel: 020 7010 3591, E-mail: Duncan.campbell@uk.roughguides.com


Isle of Wight beaches and their ratings, according to the Marine Conservation Society’s (MCS) annual Good beach Guide Survey, are below. Those listed as ‘not maintained by council’ are owned/maintained by other organisations.


Totland Bay – Recommended

Colwell Bay – Recommended

Gurnard – Recommended

Cowes – Recommended

Ryde – Recommended

Seagrove – Recommended

St Helens – Recommended

Bembridge (not maintained by council) – Mandatory Whitecliff Bay (not maintained by council) – Recommended Yaverland – Recommended Sandown – Recommended Shanklin – Guideline Ventnor – Recommended Compton Bay (not maintained by council) – Recommended