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Dinosaur Island Trail

To come walking with dinosaurs on the Isle of Wight you will first need to download the FREE Dinosaur Island App on your smart phone or tablet.

ANDROID USERS: Go to Google Play Store and search for “Dinosaur Island Isle of Wight”. Click  “install” to upload the app to your device. 

IPHONE & IPAD USERS: Go to the itunes store and search for “Dinosaur Island Isle of Wight” then click “install” to upload the app to your device.

Please note there are minimum phone / device requirements for operating app, see foot of page for details. 


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Plan Your Dinosaur Expedition

Once downloaded, open the Dinosaur Island app.

Click on the “information tab” to map your current position and the location of the six meteorites on the Isle of Wight. You’ll need to visit one of the meteorites to trigger your dinosaur encounter. At each meteorite location you will meet a different dinosaur.

Screenshot taken from App

Click on the “question mark tab” to view a presentation of how the Dinosaur Island app works. You can take a picture of your family or friends walking with the dinosaur you encounter at each meteorite location and then save, email or share the image.

Please note! Your Dinosaur Island app can be downloaded from anywhere you can obtain a phone signal, but it will only show you a dinosaur when you are standing in front of one of the six special meteorites to be found on the Isle of Wight.

Meteorite 2 – Bonchurch

The village of Bonchurch can be found on the outskirts of Ventnor town, and 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 grassy clearing.

The dinosaur at the Bonchurch is a Polacanthus.

More info on the Bonchurch Meteorite.

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Meteorite 4 – Blackgang

Above the smugglers haven of Blackgang Chine, on the Southern-most tip of the Isle of Wight is the Blackgang Viewpoint car park. Here the Dinosaur Island meteorite point sits with the ever changing coastal landscape below and the rise of St Catherine’s down leading to the medieval “Pepperpot” lighthouse above.

The dinosaur at Blackgang is a Caulkicephalus.

More info on the Blackgang Meteorite.

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Meteorite 6 – Needles

The iconic lighthouse and rocks of The Needles sit at the most Westerly point of the Isle of Wight, at the top of which sits a historic military gun battery. The Dinosaur Island meteorite sits here, facing back across the multi-coloured sand cliffs of Alum Bay and the rest of the Island behind.

The dinosaur at The Needles is a Pelorosaurus.

More info on The Needles Meteorite.

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Head for the meteorite locations

Although it is possible to walk (or cycle) to all of the meteorite locations and car parks can also be found close by, the best way to get around the trail is on the Island Coaster Bus which stops off close to all the locations.

Island Coaster Bus Service

More info on Island Coaster Service

Meteorite 1 – 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.

More info on the Yaverland Meteorite.

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Meteorite 3 – 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.

More info on the Ventnor Meteorite.

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Meteorite 5 – Compton

Compton Bay is a regular stop for fossil hunters and can be found along the Southern coast in the West Wight, close to Afton Down and the site of the legendary 1970 Isle of Wight Festival. 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.

More info on the Compton Meteorite.

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Device Requirements

Supported Apple devices are:
iPhone 4 and newer
iPad 2 and newer
iPod touch 4th generation and newer

Minimum Android Requirements:
ARMv7 (Cortex) CPU - 1GHz processor is recommended
Android version 3.0
OpenGL ES 2.0 support
Back facing video camera
Gyroscope and accelerator support
Internet connection for sharing functionality

The app will require the following permissions from users installing it: