other UK geoparks to visit
Geopark Shetland: Walk on an ancient ocean floor, explore an extinct volcano and stroll cross shifting sands all in the space of a day; experience stunning scenery and find out how geology has influenced every part of life in Shetland. www.geoparkshetland.org.uk
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. http://www.nwhgeopark.com/
Marble Arch Caves Geopark N. Ireland: Located in Fermanagh and Cavan, the world-famous Marble Arch Caves area boasts some of the finest natural landscapes in Ireland www.marblearchcavesgeopark.com
North Pennines Geopark: A stunning landscape of open heather moors and peatlands, attractive dales, tumbling rivers and wonderful woods with outstanding geodiversity, including world-class mineral deposits and a rich mining heritage. www.northpennines.org.uk
Fforest Fawr Geopark, Wales: ranging from valley floor to the mountain top, Fforest Fawr, (Great Forest), is a swathe of upland within the Brecon Beacons National Park. https://www.fforestfawrgeopark.org.uk/
English Riviera, Devon : Situated within the stunning, rolling hills of South Devon, Torbay’s geology has created the beautiful coastline of today which links the rich diversity of landscape with wildlife, people and culture. www.englishrivierageopark.org.uk/
The Black Country – the UK’s newest geopark, The Black Country UNESCO Global Geopark is in the West Midlands of England and takes in parts of Dudley, Sandwell, Walsall and Wolverhampton. Home to over 1 million people, it is truly unique in being a completely urban Geopark, which brings with it a special connection with the area’s geological heritage. The Black Country played a major role in the creation of the Industrial Revolution, with industrial minerals such as limestone, ironstone, fireclay and coal all providing the necessary ingredients for this to happen.
The UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks.
The UK Committee for UNESCO Global Geoparks coordinates activity between the UK UNESCO Global Geoparks. It also facilitates Geopark development across the UK; helping aspiring UNESCO Global Geoparks; it examines all new UK applications before they put in a formal submission and liaises with the UK National Commission to UNESCO to submit new UNESCO Global Geopark applications.