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Isle of Wight Walking with Dinosaurs Trail Map

Isle of Wight Walking with Dinosaurs Trail

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The Walking with Dinosaurs Trail Map uses augmented reality to give visitors to the Island the chance to be seen standing alongside dinosaurs in the very place they were discovered.

Along the Dinosaur Trail, which hugs the coast between Yaverland in the east and The Needles in the west you will find 6 special interactive meteorites which not only give information about different dinosaur species but they also trigger the augmented reality technology in the Walking with Dinosaurs App. which quite literally brings the dinosaurs back to life!

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Walking with Dinosaurs on the Isle of Wight

The 6 Meteorite Locations (see map above)

Meteorite 1 - Yaverland

Walking with Dinosaurs meteorite 1 at Yaverland

To the East of the resort town of Sandown, in the shadows of the spectacular Culver Cliffs lies Yaverland Beach. Above the beach at the end of the main car park the Dinosaur Island meteorite can be found looking out to sea.

The dinosaur at Yaverland is an Iguanodon.

Meteorite 3 - Ventnor

Walking with Dinosaurs meteorite 3 at Ventnor

To the western end of Ventnor Esplanade is a long coastal car park with panoramic views out across the sea. Continue to the end of this car park and you will join the coast path which leads directly to the Dinosaur Island meteorite.

The dinosaur at Ventnor is a Valdosaurus.

Meteorite 5 - Compton

Walking with Dinosaurs meteorite 5 at Compton

Compton Bay can be found along the southern coast in the West Wight, close to Afton Down. Hanover Point lies by the main Compton car park to the eastern end of the Bay, and here the Dinosaur Island meteorite sits at the top of the cliff.

The dinosaur at Compton is a Neovanetor.

Meteorite 2 - Bonchurch

Walking with Dinosaurs meteorite 2 at Bonchurch

Bonchurch can be found on the outskirts of Ventnor. At the top of the village to the East is the landslip car park. From here take a short journey into the woods on foot and you will find the Dinosaur Island meteorite in a beautiful grassy clearing.

The dinosaur at Bonchurch is a Polacanthus.

Meteorite 4 - Blackgang

Walking with Dinosaurs meteorite 4 at Blackgang

Above Blackgang Chine, on the Southern-most tip of the Island is the Blackgang Viewpoint car park. Here the Dinosaur Island meteorite overlooks the sea with St Catherine’s Down and the medieval "Pepperpot" above.

The dinosaur at Blackgang is a Caulkicephalus.

Meteorite 6 - The Needles

Walking with Dinosaurs meteorite 6 at The Needles

The iconic lighthouse and rocks of The Needles lie at the most westerly point of the Island, at the top of which is an old military gun battery. The Dinosaur Island meteorite sits here, facing the multi-coloured cliffs of Alum Bay.

The dinosaur at The Needles is a Pelorosaurus.

How to get there

If travelling by car: after arriving at East Cowes, head for Dinosaur Isle at Yaverland (PO36 8QA), the Island's purpose built dinosaur museum. There is a large car park and conveniently, the first meteorite is located nearby. You can then either drive to the other 5 meteorite locations (there are car parks near all of them) or you can hop aboard the new Dinosaur Trail Bus (see below).

Walking with Dinosaurs Trail Bus

If travelling by public transport: We have published a connecting ferry and bus timetable from Southampton to Yaverland and The Needles travelling via West Cowes and East Cowes (see link below). The Island Coaster operates during the summer calling at all the Dinosaur Trail meteorite locations so you can hop-on and hop-off at your will - the bus even carries bicycles to save your legs on the hilly stretches!

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