Field Trips

The field trip day provides an opportunity to experience what makes the English Riviera UNESCO Global Geopark, the first urban Geopark, so special. Visit some of our key sites, experience a journey through time, unravel the incredible stories of our past, or soak up the atmosphere of our heritage and cultural sites.

The cost of the field trip is included in the conference registration fee, and you can make your choice when you register on-line for the conference.

Whatever your preference we’ll have professionals on hand to guide you through our landscapes and a packed lunch of local goodies to keep your strength up!

Whether you are interested in the geology of our area, want to explore and enjoy the spectacular coastline and wildlife, soak up the atmosphere of our historic houses, see crafts people at work or meet the incredible community behind the now world famous Paignton Geoplay Park, we have a field trip for you.

Please be sure to read the descriptions below and pick the trip that is suitable for your level of fitness and agility.

This trip will visit geologically significant locations across the Geopark, to provide you with an understanding of the geological evolution of the area from the Devonian to Pleistocene. This trip will be led by geology professors from one of our key strategic partners, the University of Plymouth.

The trip will visit fossiliferous Devonian carbonate platforms and shallow clastic seas, see structural evidence for Variscan deformation, evaluate Permian desert environments, see evidence for Mesozoic gold mineralisation and investigate how Pleistocene climate change influenced environments, landscape and life in Torbay.