Rowley Hills

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View from transmission tower on Turner's Hill

The Rowley Hills are a range of hills located in the West Midlands county in England. The range comprises Turner's Hill, Bury Hill, Portway Hill and Darby’s Hill;[1] the ridge forms part of the east/west watershed between the River Severn and the River Trent, with rainfall on the western side going to the Bristol Channel via the Severn, and rainfall on the eastern side ending up in the North sea via the Trent.[2] The hills are situated east of the town of Dudley in Rowley Regis, on the border between the metropolitan boroughs of Dudley and Sandwell.

The largest hill, Turner's Hill, is the highest point in the West Midlands, with an altitude of 269 metres (883 ft) above sea level.[3] Views from the summit include the Clee Hills, Clent Hills, Cannock Chase, and much of Birmingham and the Black Country; the height has also led to the construction of two radio transmission towers on the summit.

Rowley Rag, a form of Dolerite notably used to make kerbstones, was formerly quarried from the Rowley Hills.[1][4]

Over the centuries that the hills have been inhabited there have been four churches located there, all named St. Giles, in the village of Rowley.

Nature Reserve[edit]

Rowley Hills Nature Reserve
The Rowley Hills are located between Dudley and Rowley Regis
The Rowley Hills are located between Dudley and Rowley Regis
Location of the Rowley Hills Nature Reserve within the West Midlands
TypeNature reserve
LocationRowley Regis, West Midlands, England
Nearest cityDudley
OS gridSO977890
Coordinates52°29′56″N 2°02′02″W / 52.499°N 2.034°W / 52.499; -2.034Coordinates: 52°29′56″N 2°02′02″W / 52.499°N 2.034°W / 52.499; -2.034
Created2011 (2011)
Operated byBirmingham and Black Country Wildlife Trust
OpenAll year

In 2011, the Rowley Hills Nature Reserve was established on a small area of Portway Hill by The Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country, with a view to eventually expand the site over the larger area.[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Friends of Rowley Hills Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  2. ^ Recollections of Darlaston, by Dr Carl Chinn Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  3. ^ "West Midlands". Destinations. Live for the Outdoors. Archived from the original on 1 November 2012. Retrieved 9 October 2012.
  4. ^ "Geology" Friends of Rowley Hills. Retrieved 20 January 2019.
  5. ^ "Rowley Hills Nature Reserve". Nature Reserves; the Wildlife Trust for Birmingham and the Black Country. Retrieved 9 October 2012.

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