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View of Dudley from the Reef Mound
Dudley from the Reef Mound

Black Country Walk Through Time

Wren's Nest, Priory Park and Castle Woods

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Walk details:
Start point: Wren's Nest car park, Dudley
Reserve Wardens' office: 01384 812 785
Dudley Museum: 01384 815 575
Ordnance Survey: Explorer 219
Start: OS grid ref (394250, 291750)
Distance: Approx 2 miles (3.2 km)
Time: 1 - 2 hour
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Without wanting to blow our own trumpet (too much), the Black Country is one of the UK's most fascinating areas for natural history.

The name 'Black Country' refers to the black coal abundant in the area, which is now famous for its industrial heritage. Human beings have had a big impact on this landscape - the rock from hills around Dudley has been quarried for hundreds of years both at the surface and underground.

The Wren's Nest, where this walk starts, is very special - it's well known to geologists from all over the world who get rather excited by it. On this walk, you'll go back in time to come face to face with ancient creatures and see ripples on a 420 million year old seabed. You'll then walk back to the present day, finding out about the first settlers in Dudley, the rare bats who live in the old mines and why this area is so important in Britain's history. You'll see birds, wild flowers and evidence of Dudley's industrial past. And hopefully, you'll be able to take home some fossils!

Getting there:
By bus: The nearest bus stop to the start of the walk is on Priory Road. Call the Centro hotline for bus routes and times on 0121 200 2700 or visit the Centro website
By rail: Dudley Port and Tipton railway stations are a half hour walk away from the start point. Visit the National Rail website for train times.
By car: Drive to the start point. It's well signposted off Priory Road in Dudley (see map). There's room for up to 100 cars in the free car park. Do NOT leave valuables in the car.
We recommend that you use public transport.
Walk conditions
You will walk along concrete, grass and rubble paths, which can get muddy. Although there is no incline walking, there are several flights of steep steps, both up and down. Alternative routes are detailed within the pages.
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