This geosite was a former limestone quarry working the Wenlock Limestone Formation strata that outcrop here. Long abandoned quarries known locally as ‘the pits’ now contain beautiful clear pools surrounded by mature beech woodland and species rich calcareous grassland and meadows.
This makes it a prime geobotanical asset of the Black Country due to its lime rich soils giving rise to over 300 species of plants species being recorded. There is speculation that the limestones from these quarries was used by the romans during their occupation of Britain in the first to fourth centuries for paving at the main roman road in the area – Watling Street a little to the north of the site, however large scale extraction occurred much later and is associated with the Industrial Revolution.
During that main period of activity, limestone was transported from the pits by pony-pulled rail trucks and local canals to the iron foundries of the Black Country. When quarrying ceased some 150 years ago the Victorians landscaped the old workings and the quarries became flooded to form the pools that occupy the site today.
There is no visitor centre, café or toilets at the site, so plan your visit with this in mind.
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