Car parks for Aira Force and Ullswater

Whether you’re venturing on to the high fells, exploring the area by boat, or going for an amble by the lakeshore, here’s a handy guide to our car parks in Ullswater to help you plan your day.

A one way trail has been created to keep you safe at Aira Force

Aira Force car park

Best car park for access to Aira Force waterfalls and facilities. Located on the junction of the A592 and the A5091. During busy times (bank holidays, school holidays and sunny weekends) the car park usually fills up around 10am, so arriving early is recommended. Or why not come for an evening stroll, when the trails are usually quieter. There's a one-way system in place around the waterfall trails, please follow directed routes and way-markers. The main waterfall is a 1 mile round trip from this car park but longer walks are available. Tea-room on site, serving take away drinks, snacks and ice cream, please check opening times before you visit. Toilets open daily 10am – 4pm (closed periodically to allow for enhanced cleaning). Payment for parking is accepted by coins, via the Pay by Phone App or by card at the Welcome Building or Tea-room during opening hours. Sat Nav: CA11 0JS.

Aira Force in Ullswater Cumbria

High Cascades and Park Brow car parks

Best for accessing the high fells or walking to Aira Force. These smaller pay and display car parks are located just off the A5091. During peak times these car parks fill up quickly, usually around 10am, but tend to have a relatively quick turnover during the day. Park Brow offers a 0.5 mile round trip to the main waterfall and High Cascades offers a 1.5 mile round trip to the waterfall. Payment for parking is accepted by coins, via the Pay by Phone App (please note that not all mobile network providers get good coverage in these areas.) SAT NAV: CA11 0JY.

Paddle boarding on Ullswater

Glencoyne Bay car park

For access to beachside picnics, watersports and a longer trail to visit the Aira Force waterfall. Glencoyne has direct lake access (road crossing necessary, please take care) and is also the centre point between Aira Force and Glenridding village, with a 1.5 mile walk to reach either location on well made footpaths. The footpath to Glenridding is more rugged and has sections of uneven steps and a short span, of approximately 100m, on the road. Payment for parking is accepted by coins or via the Pay by Phone App. Located on the A592 at SAT NAV: CA11 0NQ.

A man prepares to go Mountain Biking in a car park at Ennerdale

Check car parking availability in the Lake District 

We're working with our partners in the Lake District to safely manage our car parks. You can find the most up to date information and a guide to how busy car parks are today using the Safer Lakes car park tool.

Car park sign and four walkers, Seatoller, Cumbria

Lake District car parks 

Whether you’re venturing on to the high fells, exploring the area by boat, going for an amble by a lakeshore, or mountain biking on off road trails, here’s a handy guide to our car parks in the Lake District to help you plan your day. Check capacity before you set off with the Safer Lakes car parking tool.

Two women walk their dog on a lead at Tarn Hows

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Please follow the Countryside Code when you visit the Lake District. By taking your litter home with you, keeping your dog under control, keeping gates, driveways and roads clear and sticking to designated footpaths, you can help us care for the Lake District and the wildlife and people who call it home.