Geoparks and Geotrails

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The Category Geoparks and Geotrails is a subset of Protected Areas in the UK. Browse through the Brief Records in the Category or look at the broader Category to find a List of the Titles of all of the Geoparks and Geotrails which have so far been described in this Directory. Clicking on a Title will link you to the Entity's Full Record.

www.bgs.ac.uk/discoveringGeology/geologyOfBritain/geoBritainMap/

Overview

'The British Isles host a wide range of fascinating geology providing "secret" walks through breathtaking scenery, literary inspiration, idyllic holiday destinations and the building materials for historic monuments. There are also many groups who organise lectures and excursions to help enthusiasts learn more about geology, as well as museums, discovery centres, geoparks and other important geological sites open to the public ...'

Description from

British Geological Survey

www.englishrivierageopark.org.uk

Navigate the Website>>> Trails
Overview

'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 20 mile coast path is part of the South West Coast Path and is complemented by many miles of country rambles and beautiful nature reserve.'

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Area

www.fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk/geotrails/

Starting fromFforest Fawr
Overview

'A series of nine leaflets has been published to help you to get more out of Fforest Fawr Geopark. Each Geotrail introduces you to one of the natural and man-made landscapes of this area. Some are easy strolls, others are more physically demanding. There are some that focus on the underlying rocks, others that look at how man has shaped the place.'

Area

www.geomon.co.uk

Overview

'There are a range of geotrails and picnic areas and thought provoking, informative displays and tactile exhibits which encourage adults and children alike learn about the wonder of the world around them. '

Area

www.shetlandamenity.org/trails-and-exhibits

Overview

Details of ten self-guide Trails amongst much else of interest about Shetland's Geology: [1] Journey into Shetland's Volcano - - - : [2] Explore the Shetland Ophiolite - the floor of an ancient ocean.

Description from

Shetland Amenity Trust

Area

geologistsassociation.org.uk/geotrails-building-stones-walks/

Overview

'Geotrails and Building Stone Walks produced and published by the Geologists' Association and its Local and Affiliated Groups (arranged in regions). In due course there will be a link to the British Geological Survey (BGS) interactive GeoBritain which will show locations. The BGS Map already shows the BGS Holiday Geology Guides.'

Description from

Geologists' Association

lochabergeopark.org.uk/thingstodo/lochaber-geotrails/

Starting fromLochaber
Overview

'Lochaber Geopark Association has created a series of Geotrail Leaflets to help you find out more about the variety of geology in the area and see a different side to the scenery ... Lochaber is well known as the home of the UK's highest mountain, Ben Nevis. But did you know that Lochaber's dramatic Highland landscape also contains some of the most outstanding natural features in Scotland?'

Description from

Lochaber Geopark

www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com/activity_categories/walking-hiking/

Starting fromMarble Arch Geopark
Overview

'Contains some of the finest landscapes in the north of Ireland. Ranging from rugged uplands, lakes and forests through to gently rolling drumlins, the landscapes of the Geopark represent a complex Earth history dating back as far as 650 million years ago. With evidence of mountain building and destruction; searing hot deserts and warm tropical oceans; and of icy wastelands and water-worn caverns, the rocks and landscapes of the Geopark are nothing short of amazing.'

www.nwhgeopark.com

Starting fromNorth West Highlands
Overview

'Located in the far north of the Scottish mainland. With stunning mountain landscapes, clean sandy beaches, ancient settlements and thriving communities, there is plenty to see and do!'

Nearby

www.bucksgeology.org.uk/books_and_leaflets.html

Overview

PDFs of 'a number of Geological walks and guides which are available to download'.

Description from

Bucks Earth Heritage Group

srigs.staffs-ecology.org.uk/Geotrails/Churnet/index.html

Starting fromFroghall Wharf
Overview

'This geotrail is designed to give the visitor a glimpse of the rocks, minerals, fossils and industrial heritage of the area which is intimately linked to the local geology. The whole trail is 25km long, which is probably too long to be tackled all in one go. We strongly recommend that it should be completed in sections from the access points at Froghall Wharf, Oakamoor, Rambler's Retreat, Hawksmoor Nature Reserve and Highshutt. Alternative routes to make shorter circular walks are indicated in this guide ...'

coigach.com/see-and-do/the-coigach-geotrail/

Starting fromDrumrunie
Overview

'Discover the oldest rocks in Britain, fossils of early life and evidence of a massive asteroid impact. Learn about Coigach’s journey across the planet in the last 3 billion years and how it has been shaped in deserts, floods and under ice. The trail takes you on a series of geological excursions around the peninsula and visits spectacular coastline, beaches and hills with commanding views of the Summer Isles and the mountains of Coigach and Assynt.'

explorenorthpennines.org.uk/recreation-opportunity/walking

Navigate the Website>>> Cow Green Geological Trail [PDF]
Starting fromCow Green Reservoir Car Park
Overview

'The trail will introduce many of the rocks which make the Teesdale landscape so special and which make the dale a haven for rare and interesting plants.'

Description from

Explore North Pennines

www.earthheritagetrust.org/pub/category/the-geopark-way/

Starting fromBridgnorth
Overview

'The aims of the Geopark Way project were to establish a long distance Landscape and Geology walking trail through the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark, and to write and publish an accompanying trail guide. The project was conceived from the aspiration to highlight geology, landscape and associated heritage within the Abberley and Malvern Hills Geopark and to make these accessible to all.'

srigs.staffs-ecology.org.uk/Geotrails/HampsManifold/index.html

Starting fromHulme End
Overview

'Provides easy access for all, mainly following the Manifold Track, a resurfaced section of the old Leek & Manifold Valley Light Railway line, between Hulme End and Waterhouses.'

See also

Manifold Way

mediafiles.thedms.co.uk/Publication/BH-GO/cms/pdf/BLGG%20Jurassic%20Wa...

Starting fromBromham
Overview

'Walk between Bromham, Oakley and Stevington highlighting the geological features of the Jurassic limestone landscape.'

Walks described here by

www.ucl.ac.uk/earth-sciences/impact/public-engagement/londons-geology/...

Overview

'London has a very rich and varied geology in the built environment, allowing us to see a wide range of beautiful and interesting stone from all over the world in a relatively small area. The downloadable resources ... include a Guide to Common Rocks in Graveyards, which can be used to help identify rocks in any cemetery in London and the Southeast.'

Description from

UCL Earth Sciences

www.northumberlandcoastaonb.org/geodiversity/

Overview

'The Northumberland coast’s variety reflects the complex nature of the geodiversity that underlies it. Along the coast the action of the sea and human activities laid bare these foundations. They now provide clues to how the landscape has been created and why it has been colonised by nature and exploited by humankind ... To help you explore the fascinating geology of the Northumberland coast we have produced two self-guided geology trails for you to download as pdf files: [1] Howick and Cullernose Point - - - : [2] Bamburgh'

Description from

Northumberland Coast AONB

geolancashire.org.uk/geotrails/welcome-to-the-shedden-geotrail/

Overview

'Geological sites and landforms are protected in the same way as important biological sites. Nationally important locations are listed as Sites of Special Scientific Interest (SSSls) while regionally there are RIGS (Regionally Important Geological and Geomorphological Sites) which in Lancashire are known as Geodiversity Heritage Sites (GHS) ...  The Ribble Way provides a ready-made excursion into many of the geological landscapes of Lancashire and the Yorkshire Dales. These short geotrails provide a way of exploring them. A geological guide to the whole route is planned for the future.'

Description from

GeoLancashire

www.geo-village.eu/?page_id=1258

Starting fromMartley
Overview

Details of three local geology trails in the Teme Valley. Also: 'A 109 mile long distance trail, the GeoPark Way, runs partly through the Teme Valley'.

'By some series of terrestrial incidents, the rock types to be found in the parish of Martley, and in particular at one small site, enable an examination of samples from different periods probably without equal in the country.'

www.southwestcoastpath.org.uk/about-coast-path/about-SWCP/history-natu...

Starting fromNear Tintagel
Overview

'Have you ever wished that you could take a local expert with you on a walk, to seek out and show you special features of geological interest and explain how they were formed and their fascinating history? Here is the next best thing, in the form of two downloadable geological trails.' Unfortunately the Trails seem no longer to be accessible via the Cornwall Wildlife Trust - originally referenced here - so I have replaced the Link with one to the South West Coast Path.

Description from

South West Coast Path

Area

www.wiltshiregeologygroup.org.uk/publications/trails/

Overview

'The Wiltshire Geology Group aims to raise public awareness of Earth Sciences and draw people's attention to the way the landscape and the towns and villages within it are influenced by the underlying geology - Wiltshire's landscape is inextricably bound up with the rocks beneath the surface.'

Description from

Wiltshire Geology Group

Area

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