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