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Black Country Geopark

Geosite 034

This geosite sits within the wide Smestow Valley, which is a major geomorphological feature of the Black Country on its western margin.

It has been an important access route through the local sandstone ridge and hills. This glacial meltwater enhanced valley now holds  the Smestow Brook and was the obvious route to place an industrial railway line and the Staffordshire & Worcestershire canal.  The exposed geology in the valley includes , a series of narrow, twisting, ribbon-like sand and gravel areas that are cut into the upper part of the exposed bedrock, the Triassic Wildmoor Sandstone Member. These are enigmatic channel features infilled with sediments relating to the Quaternary Devonsian glaciations of the area. Such features are unique in the Black Country and make this an important geoscience site. The quarries here also include a variety of sedimentary structures, and showing both dip and strike sections of the bedrock making this a potentially important geoeducational site.

Geosite facilities

There is a vintage inspired tea room called 'Cupcake Lane'  in the old railway station building at Smestow Valley Local Nature Reserve serving homemade cakes, light lunches, hot and cold drinks. Free car parking available. 

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