Other UK Geoparks
Geopark Shetland, Scotland: Walk on an ancient ocean floor, explore an extinct volcano and stroll cross shifting sands all in the space of a day. Along the way you will discover some of the most stunning scenery in the UK and find out how geology has influenced every part of life in Shetland.
North West Highlands Geopark, Scotland: At 3,000 million years old, the far north west of Scotland presents one of the most ancient landscapes in Europe. Here you will find rugged and wonderful scenery, where the rocks tell their history of huge crustal forces, oceans, deserts and grinding ice sheets.
Marble Arch Caves Global Geopark, cross border Ireland: Located in the rugged mountainous uplands and the gentle rolling lowlands of counties Fermanagh and Cavan. Taking in the world-famous Marble Arch Caves, this Geopark boasts some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland and offers a window into the area’s 650 million year past. www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com
North Pennines AONB and European Geopark, England: A stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales and hay meadows, tumbling rivers and wonderful woods. As well as being home to some of the country’s most special birds, animals and plants, the North Pennines also has outstanding geodiversity, including world-class mineral deposits and a rich mining heritage. www.northpennines.org.uk
GeoMon, Wales: Anglesey’s Geopark has a stunning coastline of Precambrian and Palaeozoic rocks visible along its 125-mile-long coastal path, which provides access to more than 20 varied geosites on the 24 superb beaches around the island. It also has a higher density of archaeological sites in a small area than anywhere else in Britain and its beauty, special culture and language mark it out as a unique place. www.geomon.co.uk
Fforest Fawr Geopark, Wales: From the valley floor to the mountain top and everything in between, Fforest Fawr, which translates as ‘Great Forest’, is a swathe of upland country included within the Brecon Beacons National Park.