We are part of 400 million years of geological, historical and cultural heritage

Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust sites form an important part of the English Riviera Global Geopark. In September 2007 the English Riviera received international recognition for its rich geological, historical and cultural heritage, it became one of just 57 areas around the world to endorsed by UNESCO and welcomed into both the European and Global Geopark Networks. Since then the Global Geopark Network has grown and there are now over 100 Global Geoparks. 

Situated within the stunning, rolling hills of South Devon, Torbay's geology has created the beautiful coastline of today, which fundamentally links the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture. The shape of the Bay provided the naval fleet safety during times of crisis and thus was a catalyst for the building of the Napoleonic Forts while its sheltered natural harbours led to the growth of what, at one point, became the UK's largest fishing port. The beauty of the area influenced the early development of a tourism industry thus instigating the requirement for the exploitation of its geological resources in the form of extensive limestone quarrying, in addition to the marble and terracotta industries.

The English Riviera resort towns of Torquay, Paignton and Brixham lie around one of the most beautiful bays in England. The resort is a top destination for visitors from around the country and indeed the world and its history as a popular resort stretches back centuries.

There is a guidebook available for the English Riviera Geopark which you can purchase at Trust visitor centres. 

Visit the official English Riviera Global Geopark website here.

Coastpath
Coastpath

The coastpath runs for some 22 miles around Torbay and is a great way to experience the Bay's dramatic geology and scenery. There are multiple access points on to the path, more details here.

Berry Head National Nature Reserve
Berry Head National Nature Reserve

Berry Head offers stunning views across Torbay. This limestone headland jutting out in to the sea is home to rare wildlife including a Guillemot colony and Greater Horseshoe Bats. Visit the website here

The Seashore Centre
The Seashore Centre

Explore the Bay's marine wildlife at Goodrington Sands and go on a rockpool ramble. Visit the website here

Cockington Country Park
Cockington Country Park

450 acres of country park to explore, picture postcard village and Cockington Court Craft Studios. Visit the website here

Occombe Farm
Occombe Farm

Discover the good life down on the farm in Paignton. Visit the website here.

Kent's Cavern
Kents Cavern

Devon's most ancient secret! One of the most important Stone Age cave sites in Europe and the Ice Age home of Britain's earliest humans. Open all year round. Visit the website here.

Torquay Museum
Torquay Museum

History, geology and much more. Visit the website here.

Torre Abbey
Torre Abbey

This medieval abbey has been newly restored thanks to a Lottery Grant. Find out more here.

Brixham Museum
Brixham Museum

Celebrating the heritage of the historic town and fishing port. Visit the website here.

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