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Discover Dudley - The Limestone Way

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Countryside walks in Dudley

The walk is a linear route from Dudley to Sedgley via the four limestone hills: Castle Hill, Wren’s Nest, Hurst Hill and Sedgley Beacon. Mining and quarrying of the rock over the centuries has helped shape the Dudley we see today. The origin of the rocks lies over 400 million years ago in the Silurian period of geological history. The Dudley area, and much of the Midlands, was at that time covered by a shallow tropical sea in which there were coral reefs. Gradually the shells of sea creatures settled on the lime rich mud of the sea floor. In time this mud became limestone whilst the shells were preserved as fossils. Immense earth movements squeezed the rocks into huge folds, making the four hills that you will see today.

All the hills have been quarried in the past. In early times the stone was used for building, notably at Dudley Priory and Dudley Castle. Later it was discovered that lime, made by burning limestone in kilns, was a good fertiliser. During the Industrial Revolution, limestone was used in the iron industry as a ‘flux’ to absorb impurities from the molten ore.

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