There's no dark side to the Black Country - it's -all- dark.
Glad to see you recording the urban as well as the rural in your usual style...
Not long after I had uploaded this set of photos I noticed your article on the Secret Garden in Walsall;for us this walk was a hidden gem amongst the industrial sprawl, and was a pleasant surprise.
We started at Saltwell’s Wood Nature Reserve; followed the path up to the Dudley No. 2 Canal and further upwards to the Church on Netherton Hill. The path makes a lovely oasis at the side of the Business Park and there are great views from the Church of St. Andrew. It is quite a contrast to pass Merry Hill Shopping Centre on the way to Pensnett Pools and the Dudley Volcano. On the return the northern side of the wood there is Lodge Farm Reservoir and Doulton’s Claypit SSSI (former source of clay for Royal Doulton)
If anyone wants to follow the route start here for a further 18 photos.
The Black Country is alive with little hidden green places that few know about; many are on the canals - but others, like the Sandwell Valley nature reserve, Bumble Hole and suchlike are just Oases of nature in an otherwise harsh environment. I love Turner's Hill in Rowley Regis, and the area around Lapal and Coombeswood near Halesowen. I want to turn some of my photographic attention to them, but Staffordshire and Derbyshire still call me strongly back...
Best wishes on a great set, as ever
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Photo taken in Dudley, West Midlands, UK
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