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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 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.

Park opening times

Pooley opening times
Month Opening times
October - February 9am - 4pm
March 9am - 5.30pm
April - September 9am - 6.30pm

Visitor Centre & Tea Room opening times

Parking

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.

Information on parking permits

Car park costs
Vehicle Charges
Car parking per day £3.30

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Additional information

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. 

Events

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

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

Toilets

Toilets open during park opening hours only. Baby change and disabled facilities available.

Dogs

Dog waste bins available.

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.

Arts

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).