Compton Bay, United Kingdom
Walking with dinosaurs at Compton Bay, Isle of WightIf you visit today you'll find this picturesque, windswept beach is a favourite with the island's surfers. It's also a welcome flat stretch of the coastal path before hikers reach the whaleback chalk hills of Compton and Tennyson Downs.
But rewind in time 125 million years ago, and this stretch of coast was a series of shallow, muddy lagoons; perfect conditions for capturing the footprints of the dinosaurs that roamed the area. Huge, three-toed casts of iguanadon prints are found at the foot of the cliff east of the car park, and other prints can be seen in the fossil forest around Hanover Point.
Take care at the foot of the cliffs as they are extremely friable, but this also means that new fossils are regularly uncovered.