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As of Friday July 10 we have officially become a UNESCO Global Geopark.  This is fantastic news for the Black Country. For now read more about this story

Black Country Geopark

Geosite

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.

 

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Geosite 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. 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. 

Geosite Dudley Canal and Tunnel Trust - Singing Cavern Experience - take a canal narrow boat trip into the underground limestone mines. 

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