Warwickshire County Council
Warwickshire County Council

Pooley Country Park

There are so many things to see and do at Pooley Country Park. The 62.5 hectare site, one third of which is a designated Site of Special Scientific Interest, contains several pools caused by mining subsidence, woodland habitats and is situated on the Coventry Canal.

Take a stroll along the footpath used by miners as long ago as 1846 and visit the tea room during the course of your relaxing and enjoyable visit. A brilliant play area was opened to the public in March 2006, thanks to generous funding from Landfill Tax Credits, the Market Towns Initiative and Advantage West Midlands.

The Pooley Hall Colliery became the North Warwickshire Colliery in 1951 when the mine workings from Alvecote, Amington and Pooley met underground. It was the first mine to generate its own electricity (from excess steam) in the early 1920s, and also the first to have pit head baths, which were opened in 1928. Former Pooley and North Warwickshire miners have donated memorabilia, which can be seen in the Visitor Centre.

  • Month Opening times
    October - February 9.00am-4.00pm
    March 9.00am-5.30pm
    April - August 9.00am-6.30pm
  • Warwickshire’s Country Parks have introduced a new cash-less car parking pay and display system to make it easier for visitors on arrival.

    Permit holders do not need to buy a ticket from the machine and must clearly display their valid permit inside the vehicle with the end date visible.

    More visitor information on the changes

    Information on parking permits

    Vehicle Charges
    Car parking per day £2.50
    Coaches £20.00 per day
  • Please note that swimming in any of the lakes is not permitted.

    The water in the lakes is natural and untreated, and therefore could contain Weil's disease (a bacterial infection also known as Leptospirosis that is carried by animals, most commonly in rats and cattle). It can be caught by humans through contact with rat or cattle urine, potentially through water transfer although the risks are low. 


    There are various events at our Country Parks throughout the year, check out the Events Guide for the latest details.


    There are a wide range of activities at this country park.

    Visitor Centre & Tea Room (currently closed)

    Make the Visitor Centre your first port of call and you can get friendly advice and information to enable you to enjoy your day out in the country park to the full. We stock information leaflets on all the activities taking place in the parks, as well as maps to help you find your way around.

    Visitor Centre & Tea Room opening times

    April to September 10:00am-4:30pm*
    October to March 11:00am-3:00pm*

    * Weekends, Bank Holidays and Warwickshire school holidays

    Accessibility and help

    The Visitor Centre has disabled access, and two mobility scooters are available for a small charge. Please telephone 01827 897438 for more details. 

    Room hire

    • Education centre – £70 (half day) or £100 (full day)

    Toilets (currently closed)

    Environmentally friendly with baby changing and disabled facilities.

    Special needs

    Phone 01827 897438 for details. Mobility scooters are available for a small charge – please book in advance.


    Dog waste bins available. Dogs in the countryside.

    Barbecues and fires

    Barbecues and fires are not allowed, but picnics are welcome.

    Cash machines

    There are no cash machine facilities at this park


    How Could It Be Done Without The Other?

    How Could It Be Done Without The Other? is an art project inspired by a quote from Tony Mellors, a former miner at the site who has spoken about the teamwork that was essential to life down the pit.

    Golden Tower of Leaves

    A golden tower of leaves, was commissioned as part of the regeneration of Pooley being delivered by the county council and the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA). It was chosen following consultation with local people to help revitalise and create a strong identity for the area’s regeneration.

    Visit the artists website Dalziel and Scullion for information and images.

    Using drones

    • Hobbyist – We do not allow hobbyist drone flying in any of our parks, or greenways.
    • Commercial Operations – A pilot requires permission of the landowner (WCC) to take off and land the drone on their property. We only permit a CAA licensed pilot/company. Any requests must be in writing to the Parks Manager parks@warwickshire.gov.uk


Contact us

Pooley Country Park - Contact us

Address: Pooley Lane, Polesworth, Warwickshire. B78 1JA

Telephone: 01827 897438