ENGLISH RIVIERA GEOPARK (United Kingdom)
The English Riviera Global Geopark is situated within the stunning, rolling hills on the south coast of Devon, southern England, combining the towns of Brixham, Paignton, Torquay and Babbacombe.
Conservation, Education & Tourism
Unique in Western Europe, the Geopark is geologically renowned for its 350-400 million years old Marine Devonian limestones of great historical importance. The rich faunas yielded by these rocks were used, in part, to characterize the original Devonian System of the pioneering geologists Sedgwick and Murchison. In addition, excellent exposures of classic desert sandstone and breccia in the 300-250 million years old Permian "Red Bed" sequences are recorded. The limestones themselves also include important Quaternary karstic features such as Kents Cavern. Pengelly's excavations of the caves in the nineteenth century influenced public opinion worldwide as to the antiquity of man. Whilst more recently the area influenced the work of Agatha Christie, the famous crime writer who was born in Torquay.
A network of Visitor Centres celebrate the links between the geological heritage and all other aspects of the area’s natural, cultural heritage from the rare limestone grasslands, bird colony and Napoleonic Forts at Berry Head to the history of early man at Kents Cavern. Educational activities and events run all year and for the more adventurous the Geopark Discovery Packages provide exciting ways to enjoy all the Geopark has to offer.
The Global Geoparks Network is supported by UNESCO at the request of Member States