Geosite No 38
Coseley Canal Cutting & Tunnel
This geosite exposes a rare section of the softer sedimentary succession of the Carboniferous Pennine Middle Coal Measures Strata. It is the best exposure of these rocks on the Dudley-Sedgley anticlinal ridge and plant fossils can be found here. It is located within a high sided rock cutting where the adjacent canal is cut into the landscape such that at its base, the canal enters a short canal tunnel. The sequence exposed is of pale coloured sandstone, mudstones and ironstones. Its position on the well-used inland waterway of the canal makes it an easily visited and viewable site for geotourism and geoeducation, although close examination of the rock faces is discouraged due to the nature of the exposure here.