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Park Activities

Visitors to Polkemmet Country Park can enjoy the Adventure Play Area, Walking, Cycling and many more activities.

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Play Area

Our 'Miners play area' is a award winning facility set in mature trees and grassland near the Visitor Centre and toilets. There is a wide range of play equipment for all ages to enjoy, including features such as a sand pit, castle, flying fox, nets and swings. There are some nature inspired seats and art works as well. This space has a lovely open design to it, making it easier to keep an eye on playing children. The play area is free to use and open all year.

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Polkemmet sits conveniently between Harthill and Whitburn and, as such, is very popular with cyclists looking for a bit of breathing space in a beautiful  environment. Many cyclists will cycle to the Park on the wide paths that sit alongside the old Glasgow road. There is a securable cycle rack in the 'Dardanelles' train car park.



There are some beautiful woodland and riverside walks, including two, easy to follow, colour coded waymarked trails for visitors to enjoy. The routes are circular, starting and finishing at the Visitor Centre.  Most of the paths are surfaced or firm, but can get muddy and wet after heavy rain or in the wintertime. Enjoy a walk down to the giant horn sculpture or follow the interpretative tree trail.

Horse Riding

We have a few tracks in the Park that are suitable for horses and ponies. Please call the Visitor Centre to check the route details. Please note that horse-riders are asked to be considerate to other user groups by removing horse droppings whenever possible or kicking to the side of the road/track and to avoid using the tracks when the going is particularly wet or soft.


Polkemmet Country Park offers a 17 marker permanent fixed course with introductory, intermediate and hard courses. All orienteering maps are available from Interlopers Orienteering Club (opens new window).

Park run
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Free, weekly, 5k timed run around Polkemmet Country Park. Every Saturday at 9.30am in front of the bowling green. Please register before your first event (opens new window)!

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Please remember to respect the interests of other people, care for the environment and take responsibility for your own actions when visiting the countryside.