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Coseley Canal Tunnel

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. 

www.sedgelylocalhistory.org.uk/cos/costun.html

Geosite facilities

Geosite 001 Dudley Museum at The Archives, the geosite headquarters for all information relating to the aspiring Black Country Global Geopark. www.dudley.gov.uk/see-and-do/museums

Geosite 002  Wren's Nest National Nature Reserve  - world renowned site and one of the best places to find fossils.  Less than 1km from the museum.  Call + 44 (0)1384 812785 or visit www.dudley.gov.uk/wrensnestnnr

Geosite 009 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 or visit www.dudleycanaltrust.org.uk