Our region’s story begins hundreds of millions of years ago, in prehistoric landscapes of oceans, forests and icy tundra. This unique geology has created an area packed with medieval intrigue, industrial history and modern innovation.
Whether you’re on foot on getting around by pedal power, our local waterways are a fantastic way to see the area. Make the most of miles of beautiful natural settings in the heart of the industrial Black Country, home to vibrant wildlife.
The rocks of the Black Country have made the region what it is today. Hundreds of millions of years of changing environments in the area laid down rocks such as limestone, coal, iron ore and clay that would go on to be used as the raw materials of the industrial revolution.
You can see the influence of our unique and fascinating geology everywhere, but we’re also lucky to have many internationally important geological sites in our local area that you can explore.
Go fossil hunting at the Wren’s Nest Nature Reserve, talk a walk at Saltwells Nature Reserve or discover an ancient extinct volcano at Barrow Hill – you’ll be spoiled for choice!
If you’re interested in what’s beneath your feet, check out our region’s bid to become a UNESCO Global Geopark! The project’s website is packed full of sites to visit, information and more.