Spirit of Place
English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark Spirit of Place
The English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark has been created over the millennia: it is a place where earth and sea come together, a unification of many worlds and habitats. The 22 miles of coast have been shaped by natural processes to create the environment we know today, providing homes and holidays for people past and present. The diverse landscape encompasses natural caves, beaches, green rolling hills, red sandy rocks, dramatic limestone headlands and sparkling blue seas.
The ever-changing light and weather patterns across Torbay work to create an evocative canvas and backdrop to this remarkable place which contains natural caves that were once home to some of Britain’s first people. It continues to inspire explorers, scientists, writers and artists, alongside pioneering engineering, fishing and farming communities. A variety of innovative local businesses provide unique opportunities to connect with this magical place.
The Geopark remains an intriguing place of discovery where past meets present to create a stunningly beautiful, intricate landscape providing wild experiences and tranquil walks, it is perfectly formed for adventure or for those who are culturally curious. There is no shortage of places or experiences for all to explore. Immerse yourself within this extraordinary terrain and allow your body and spirit to reset and recharge.
Around every cove the geology changes, and so do the worlds within them. The extraordinary landscape and blooming biodiversity that live here are the world’s best teachers: allow yourself to listen to the stories they tell.
The Geopark is a place where you can transport yourself back in time, a unique destination managed for future generations. All who tread here are curators of our cultural and natural history and caretakers of the urban diversity and wilderness on our doorstep.