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Car parks and toilets

We own and manage a number of car parks around the National Park, as do local councils and other independent providers. Income from our car parks goes directly towards our work to keep the Yorkshire Dales a special place, including maintaining footpaths and conserving our wildlife.

Our car parks

You can use the links below to navigate to our car parks using Google Maps or what3words

Toilets

Toilets are open, and remain open 24-hours a day. Please note that there is a charge of 20p for use of our public toilets in Grassington car park, the toilet with RADAR facilities is free of charge.

All our car parks have toilets including a toilet with RADAR facilities with the exception of Linton Falls. Purchase RADAR keys from the Disability Rights UK website. Please park responsibly, within marked bays if they exist, keeping away from verges and leaving enough room for manoeuvre.

If you need to report any problems or issues in relation to the above list of car parks or toilet facilities managed by the Authority, please contact us.

Car parking charges

We increased our prices in April 2020 for the first time in five years. This modest increase will help us to continue maintaining public rights of way and ensuring our national park remains a special place.

Cars/Minibus (up to 16 passengers)

  • £2.70 for up to two hours
  • £4.80 for over two hours

Long stay tickets

Permit overnight parking of unoccupied vehicle

  • 24 hours £5.00
  • 48 hours £7.50

7 day ticket

£15.00 – Valid in all National Park Authority and Richmondshire District Council car parks

Car parking machines

All YDNPA car park machines have options for cash, card or contactless transactions. However, we are experiencing some issues at Aysgarth car park with card and contactless transactions at present so advise cash should also be carried when visiting car parks.

Annual passes for residents and regular visitors

If you are a resident of the National Park (or a regular visitor) you may wish to purchase an annual permit. The following charges will be made:

  • Residents / Visitors / non-residents – £50 (valid until 31 March 2021)
  • Business Pass (for local businesses that don’t have enough parking spaces) – £85 (valid until 31 March 2021) up to maximum of 5 passes (not transferable between different car parks)

Please note that Annual passes can currently only be obtained online and are valid for up to a year from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. After the 1 October an annual pass can be purchased for £25 and this will be valid for up to six months until 31 March.    A business pass can be purchased at a reduced rate of £40 and this will be valid until 31 March 2021.  There are no further reductions or discounts based on when the pass is purchased, or on availability of spaces in the car parks.

Purchase your Annual Pass online now or at weekends from our National Park Centres at Grassington, Aysgarth and Hawes.

Camping and overnight occupation of vehicles

Overnight occupation of vehicles is prohibited in all National Park Authority-owned car parks. Camping and overnight occupation of motorhomes is also prohibited.

Gritting Statement

The YDNPA is responsible for the management of ten public car parks in the National Park.

The Authority provides public car parks to assist the public to enjoy the National Park. It manages and maintains the car parks in a manner that enables, as far as possible, and within the resources available, the safe movement of vehicles and pedestrians.

The car parks will remain open throughout icy and winter conditions, however they will not be gritted or cleared of snow. The decision on whether to use the car park rests with the public. In order to assist the public assess the situation at any given time, each car park will display a standard ‘ice hazard’ highways warning sign together with the following information within the car park threshold sign:

‘Car park and paths not gritted, please take additional care’

The Authority reserves the right to close a car park as a result of extreme events.

Revised: December 2017

Give your car a break

Why not help the environment and have a carefree day out without your car? Much of the National Park is easily explored by bus, train, bike or boot. Take a look at our Travel information page.

Dark Sky Discovery

The car parks at Buckden, Malham and Hawes are designated as Dark Sky Discovery sites, car parking charges at these sites do not apply between the hours of 7pm and 6am if you are using the car park for stargazing purposes.