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Photo of Daw End Railway Cutting

Geosite No 29

Daw End Railway Cutting & Linley Wood

This is a nationally important site for geoscientific interest, featuring a reef formation from the marine Silurian. Its geology is Much Wenlock Limestone Formation and Coalbrookdale Formation, forming a steep embankment alongside an active railway. There is no public access. Interpretive information exists for the site and it is important in the history of geology in the Black Country. At the eastern end of the section there is an important unconformity with the Pennine Lower Coal Measures Strata and a geological fault. It is in close proximity tothe other Much Wenlock Limestone Formation and Coalbrookdale Formation features of Walsall, and provides a number of good comparative sections to understand the regional variation in these units.

The Linley Wood part of this geosite has important mining heritage, and is currently subject to private interest as a potential cave diving centre, parts of the accessible mines are flooded, and as such there may be future tourism potential here, but for the time being this geosite remains the sole preserve of scientific specialist enquiry.

Black Country History - Lime Works

Geosite facilities

There are no on-site facilities at this geosite and none are planned due to the nature of its ownership and access. 

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