Type of Website: Geopark

Type of Website
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 ...'

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British Geological Survey

Category Torbay
Type of Website
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.'

Category Brecknockshire
Type of Website
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.'

Category Anglesey
Type of Website
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. '

Category Shetland
Type of Website
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.

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Shetland Amenity Trust

Category Across the UK
Type of Website
Overview

'Geotrails and Building Stone Walks produced and published by the Geologists' Association and its Local and Affiliated Groups (arranged in regions).'

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Geologists' Association

Category Inverness-shire
Type of Website
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?'

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Lochaber Geopark

Type of Website
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.'

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Cuilcagh Lakelands Geopark

Category Sutherland
Type of Website
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!'

Category Buckinghamshire
Type of Website
Overview

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

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Bucks Geology Group

Distance (miles)45
Type of Website
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.'

Category Bishop Auckland
Distance (miles)5
Type of Website
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.'

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Explore North Pennines

Category South Shropshire
Distance (miles)109
Type of Website
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.'

Category Bedford
Distance (miles)9
Type of Website
Overview

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

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Bedfordshire Geology Group

Category London
Type of Website
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.'

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UCL Earth Sciences

Category Northumberland
Type of Website
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'

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Northumberland Coast AONB

Category Ribble Valley
Type of Website
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.'

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GeoLancashire

Category West Cornwall
Distance (miles)7
Type of Website
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.

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South West Coast Path

Category Wiltshire
Type of Website
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.'

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Wiltshire Geology Group

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