Grassington car park A parking sign

Car parks and toilets


Please be aware that our National Park Offices, National Park Centres, Car Parks and Toilets are closed until further notice. See our latest update for details

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

  • Aysgarth Falls
  • Buckden
  • Clapham
  • Grassington
  • Hawes (Dales Countryside Museum)
  • Horton-in-Ribblesdale
  • Kettlewell
  • Linton Falls
  • Malham
  • Stainforth

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. 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.

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 (valid until 31 March 2020 for long stay, and until 20 April 2020 for daily charges)

All car parks are pay and display. Charges apply to all users including blue badge holders. Daily charges are valid between 6am and midnight and are non-transferable between vehicles or car parks.

Cars/Minibus (up to 16 passengers)

  • £2.50 for up to two hours
  • £4.50 for over two hours

Vehicles requiring more than one space (caravans, vehicles with trailers etc)

  • Please purchase 2 tickets.

Coach parking (over 16 passengers)

  • Free

There is no coach parking facilities at Horton-in Ribblesdale and Aysgarth Falls National Park Car Parks (alternative coach parking for Aysgarth Falls at The Falls, Church Bank, 50m from the Aysgarth Falls Hotel – charges apply).

10 minute parking

  • Free – park in the marked bays

Long stay tickets

Tickets are non-transferable between car parks – permits overnight parking for unoccupied vehicles.

  • 24 hour ticket – £5.00
  • 48 hour ticket – £7.50

Weekly tickets

Weekly tickets can also be purchased from ticket machines at a cost of £15.00. Valid for all YDNPA car parks and Richmondshire District Council car parks.

Parking for blue badge holders

Please note that parking charges apply to all users including blue badge holders

Car parking charges (after 14 April 2020 for daily charges, after 31 March 2020 for long stay)

We are increasing our prices in April 2020 for the first time in five years. This is only a slight increase and all of the money goes to maintaining public rights of way and ensuring that 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

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 per annum (it may also be possible to purchase a permit for a shorter period)
  • Business Pass (for local businesses that don’t have enough parking spaces) – £85 per annum up to maximum of 5 passes (not transferable between different car parks)

Annual passes can currently only be obtained online and are valid from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021. Due to Coronavirus outbreak please be aware there may be some delay in delivery and processing of these passes so existing passes will be valid if a new one has been ordered.

Revised March 2020


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.

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