Geoparks are not just about rocks, there are a range of ways in which you can discover just what makes the area so special.
England’s Seafood Coast
The English Riviera is home to the UK’s finest seafood and the world-famous Brixham Fish Market, where some of the nation’s best chefs source their seafood. The waters around Brixham are richly populated with a wide variety of marine life, the busy fishing fleets deliver fish to the market and local restaurants, ensuring fish is no more than 24 hours out of the sea.
You can discover the South West Coast Path as you walk the Seafood Coast, from rocky cliffs and quiet coves to long sandy beaches, the coastline around Torbay is spectacular and beautiful. With access to the highest quality fresh fish, it’s little wonder some of the country’s top seafood chefs choose to work in this beautiful corner of the world. Acclaimed chef Mitch Tonks runs a series of restaurants and takeaways locally, with a strong commitment to taste and sustainability.
England’s Seafood Coast will play host to a feast for all the senses between 20 September and 6 October 2019. For 2-weeks you will be able to immerse yourself in England’s Seafood FEAST, eating some of the best seafood in the world and experiencing the very best the English Riviera has to offer.
Learn more about the Seafood Coast.
Brixham Fish Market Tours
For a unique chance to see behind the scenes and the hustle and bustle of the world famous Brixham Fish Market, you can join in with one of the regular fish market tours which culminate in a delicious fish breakfast at Rockfish.
These marketing tours are now in their 10th year and are still proving to be very popular, even with the early 6am start! For more information on these tours and to book your place visit this website.
Exploring the Geopark from the sea
There is no better way to explore the Geopark than from the sea. Our Associate Partners, Reach Outdoors, Sea Kayak Torbay and Paignton Pleasure Cruises offer a range of tours and exploration options; from paddle boarding, kayaking, coasteering through to a more relaxing sunset cruise. All tours are led by local and experienced experts who offer a wealth of knowledge about the area, its coves, landmarks, history and wildlife.
To know more about exploring the Geopark from the sea visit our Associate Partners page.
Diving in the Geopark
The varied geology of the Geopark and relative shelter of Tor Bay makes for a varied and interesting coastline with an abundance of coves and underwater features to be explored. There is a great variety of marine life to be seen in the bay with corals, sponges, sea anemones, fish and marine crustaceans as well as the flowering seagrass beds. One of the Bay’s more noted diving features is the wreck of the German submarine U-269 sunk in 1944 by HMS Bickerton.
Find out more about diving in the Geopark.
Geopark sea safety
Whether you are in or out on the waters of Torbay, it’s important to remember that anything can happen. In order to stay safe, planning ahead is the best way to go, the RNLI and Tor Bay Harbour Authority offer a wealth of advice to help you stay safe.
Remember in an emergency dial 999 and ask for the coastguard.