Make 2020 an eco-friendly year of travel with socially-conscious experiences that reduce the impact on the planet and preserve the Naturally Inspiring setting of the English Riviera.

Protect and Enjoy the Natural Environment

The English Riviera’s Naturally Inspiring landscape has designated UNESCO Global Geopark status. The world class environment has incredible local geology with fascinating places and rare and protected wildlife. One of only 7 geoparks in the UK and 140 in the whole world, the area’s cultural heritage and natural setting makes it one of Earth’s extraordinary places. The remarkable setting is the perfect backdrop for nature watching and responsible outdoor adventure such as wild swimming and kayaking. WeSUP offers a range of soulful stand up paddleboard experiences and yoga sessions to enjoy positive energy in amazing, natural settings. Be a responsible tourist and take part in a coastal clean-up with group litter picking events organised by Torbay Cleaner Coasts Initiative with local organisations including Living Coasts, a Coastal Zoo and Aquarium and Torbay Coast and Countryside Trust

Visit a Socially Responsible Tourist Attraction

Berry Head Nature Reserve is a place of outstanding natural beauty perched high up on 200 feet cliffs. It is a key gateway site to the UNESCO Global Geopark and a Special Area of Conservation. The guillemot colony is protected by the only Area of Special Protection in the UK with visiting boats prohibited from entering during breeding season. Enjoy the unbelievable sunsets, regular sightings of pods of dolphins and humpback whales and the incredible natural history which stretches back 400 million years.

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park is part of Wild Planet Trust, a registered education, scientific and conservation charity making a global impact. Paignton Zoo supports projects in the UK and overseas that aim to conserve wildlife in the wild and play a key role in breeding programmes for rare and endangered species. There are over 2,500 animals set across 80 acres. It has won numerous awards including the Social Responsibility and Sustainable Tourism Award and uses a variety of waste reduction and energy saving initiatives including solar panels.

Green Travel

Consider your carbon footprint when you book your next holiday or short getaway in 2020. Leave the car behind and travel to and around the English Riviera by public transport. As one of the UK’s top seaside holiday destinations the area has well established links to national rail and coach networks, connecting with all parts of the country. Getting about Torquay, Paignton and Brixham couldn’t be easier with regular bus services including an open-top double decker sightseeing bus, ferry boats and land trains. The English Riviera’s 22 miles of glorious coastline has beautifully winding roads as well as relatively flat promenades to thrill all cycling abilities and ramblers can enjoy walking the famous, South West Coast Path.

Sample Locally Sourced Produce from the Naturally Inspiring Landscape

Shop locally and support South West based food and drink suppliers. South Devon is known for the finest quality produce including homemade pasties, freshly baked scones, Devon clotted cream and handcrafted real ales and ciders developed in local microbreweries and speciality gins from coastal distilleries.

The Naturally Inspiring area is also known as England’s Seafood Coast for the freshest and world class fish landed locally in Brixham. Rockfish is a sustainable seafood restaurant serving the freshest local and sustainable fish, ensuring that healthy stock levels of fish are maintained in the ocean. The Michelin-starred restaurant, The Elephant uses sustainable ingredients and free-range meat from their dedicated farm in Brixham whilst Occombe Farm café uses seasonal produce grown in their organic vegetable garden.     

Places to Stay with an Ethical and Environmental Focus 

Torquay is home to The 25 Boutique B&B, bronze winner of Visit Devon’s Ethical, Responsible and Sustainable Tourism Award in 2019. Their environmental policy includes reducing printed paper use by providing iPads in the guest rooms instead of daily newspapers and magazines and producing booking and registration confirmations in digital form. Long life containers are used to store items reducing use of cling film and food waste. Earlston House is an environmentally friendly B&B in Paignton that uses enzyme-based and vegan cleaning products. Haven House in Torquay has a charging point for electric vehicles.

Be eco-conscious this year and discover more remarkable places to Stay, Visit, Eat and Drink on the English Riviera. Visit our Naturally Inspiring webpages to find out more.

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Berry Head Nature Reserve
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Berry Head Nature Reserve

Berry Head National Nature Reserve guards the southern half of Tor Bay. One of the main gateways to the English Riviera Global Geopark, it is an internationally-acclaimed heritage site, home to a fascinating variety of wildlife and history, with recently-restored Napoleonic War fortifications. Enjoy the stunning views and superb local food at the Guardhouse Cafe, visit the Visitor Centre, enjoy one of the many events, and walk the ramparts as the soldiers did 200 years ago. It's also a great site for some serious rock climbing and kayaking for the more adventurous. Berry Head is free to visit and open all year. Dogs: Welcome in the Nature Reserve and the Guardhouse Café on a lead

Paignton Zoo Environmental Park
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Paignton Zoo Environmental Park, Paignton, Devon

Paignton Zoo is one of Britain’s top zoos, home to some of the planet’s rarest and most amazing creatures. Discover all your favourites, including gorillas and orang-utans, giraffes, lions, tigers and rhinos, and be ready for a few surprises along the way too. Do you know what a coati is? Have you ever seen a capybara? And don’t forget the plants – there are hundreds of rare and beautiful specimens around the site. A must-see is Crocodile Swamp. Here, amid the lush tropical foliage and steamy atmosphere, you’ll come face-to-face with huge crocodiles plus large snakes, turtles and fish – enter if you dare! Then there’s Amphibian Ark, the Avian Breeding Centre and Monkey Heights.

South West Coast Path
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South West Coast Path

The English Riviera has 22 miles of coastline and a UNESCO Global Geopark, all of which can be discovered on the South West Coast Path, which runs along South Devon's beautiful bay between Maidencombe in the north and Sharkham Point in the south.

Rockfish Brixham
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Rockfish Brixham

Rockfish is a speciality, sustainable seafood restaurant set in beautiful Brixham on the English Riviera. Whether you’d like oysters, Dover sole and a bottle of Chablis for a special occasion or fish and chips for lunch after walking the dog, Rockfish brings seafood to everyone for all occasions.

The Elephant Restaurant by Simon Hulstone
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Elephant Restaurant - Torquay

Fine dining at its very best! The multi award-winning Elephant is a Michelin star restaurant, overlooking beautiful Torquay harbour. Award winning chef Simon Hulstone runs the restaurant with his wife Katy and his talented team of chefs and friendly front of house staff. Simon has won multiple awards for his creative cuisine, and has represented Great Britain in prestigious competitions around the world. At the Elephant, they offer a changing menu based around local and sustainable ingredients, using the abundance of fantastic produce available in South Devon. They have a dedicated farm, based in Brixham which provides the team with delicious seasonal produce and free range chicken, lamb, pork and Kelly Bronze turkeys.

The 25 Boutique B&B
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The 25 Boutique B&B

Winner - Best B&B in the world!  (TripAdvisor Travellers' Choice Awards 2019). If you think of Fawlty Towers when you think of Torquay then think again! Funky design meets cutting-edge technology in this recently refurbished boutique B&B which is multi-award winning. The 25 offers six individually styled luxurious bedrooms to relax in, each with a fabulous en-suite.

Earlston House Paignton
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Bedroom at Earlston House, Paignton, Devon

Earlston House is small but with a big reputation for good home cooked food, comfortable beds and a warm and friendly atmosphere. It is ideally situated to walk or cycle to Paignton harbour, Goodrington, Preston and Paignton beaches.

Haven House
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Front of Haven House, Torquay, Devon

Delightful small family-run hotel. Relaxed and comfortable. Good food. Off Belgrave Road, close to beach, shops and Riviera centre.

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