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Views from Rowley

Geosite No 23

Blue Rock Quarry  

This geosite provides the best and most easily accessible exposures of the largest dolerite intrusion in the Black Country (The Rowley Lopolith). This site comprises a 20m long relic quarry face in the restored - Samson/Blue Rock quarries. The exposed rocks are entirely weathered dolerite/microgabbro of Late Carboniferous  Westphalian C age. The site has been the recent focus of community geoconservation activities that saw a sculptural seating area put in place with an interpretive cairn installed in 2014. The rock faces exhibit excellent examples of columnar jointing, nodular exfoliation, and weak mineralisation. Good, safe access makes this a very useful geoducational and geotourism site where it links to the wider landscape of the Rowley Hills.

Sitting on the northern slopes of the Rowley Hills, the site offers a viewpoint across the developed plain of the coalfield to the north. This site is within working memory of local residents and has local quarrying heritage significance. The site has a friends group, is managed by the wildlife trust for Birmingham and the Black Country and volunteers from the Black Country Gelogical Society. It has good footpaths and adjacent meadow areas that are important for their biodiversity and make this an important, accessible site for the geopark.

Geosite facilities

There is no visitor centre, café or toilets at the site, so plan your visit with this in mind.

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Geosite 014 Sandwell Park Farm has an award winning tea room and toilet facilities. It has a range of small animals and a programme of events throughout the year. There is a small charge for car parking. For more information call +44 (0) 121 569 3070 - Sandwell Valley Country Park

Geosite 014 Sandwell Valley RSPB reserve has a visitor centre with toilet facilities and free car parking. Inside the visitor centre there is hot and cold drinks available with snacks and confectionary. There is a programme of events and exhibitions throughout the year. For more information call +44 (0) 121 357 7395 - Sandwell Valley RSPB reserve.

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Geosite 010 Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust - Singing Cavern Experience - take a canal narrow boat trip into the underground limestone mines.  Call + 044 (0) 121 557 6265 - Dudley Canal Trust

Geosite 018 The Black Country Living Museum - experience life in a Black Country mining and industrial village during the industrial revolution.  Call + 44 (0) 0121 557 9643 - Black Country Living Museum 

Geosite 001 Dudley Museum at The Archives, the geosite headquarters for all information relating to the aspiring Black Country Global Geopark - Dudley Museum at the Archives.