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 - September 9.00am-6.30pm
  • Warwickshire’s Country Parks operates a cash-less car parking pay and display system to make it easier for visitors on arrival. Please note that we are now able to accept payments via a smartphone or smartwatch as well as contactless cards. Parking Charges apply for all, including blue badge holders.

    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.

    Parking charges apply at this country park. If you fail to display a valid day ticket or permit then you may be issued a parking charge notice and a fine of up to £50.

    More visitor information on the changes

    Information on parking permits

    Vehicle Charges
    Car parking per day £3.00
    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

    We offer hot and cold drinks, pre-packed cakes, snacks and ice creams.

    Visitor Centre & Tea Room opening times

    11:00am - 3:00pm weekends, Bank Holidays and Warwickshire School Holidays. Closed Christmas Day.

    Accessibility and help

    The Visitor Centre has disabled access, and a mobility scooter is available for a small charge. Please email us for more details on parks@warwickshire.gov.uk

    Room hire

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


    Toilets open during park opening hours only. Baby change and disabled facilities available via the RADAR key scheme.


    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

    Countryside Code

    Natural England and Natural Resources Wales have updated the Countryside Code advice for countryside visitors. Please read the Countryside Code so we can all enjoy the outdoors responsibly.


    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

    Electric e-scooters, quads, go-peds, mini-motos, hoverboards and Segways

    We do not allow use of these items by individuals within any of our Country Parks (mobility scooters are permitted).


Contact us

Pooley Country Park - Contact us

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

Telephone: 01827 872660