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.
At peak times, some of the valley car parks are often full, and with very limited informal parking available, it's important to plan ahead and be prepared to find alternatives. We ask all visitors to be aware of access needs for emergency services, farmers and local residents when parking up for the day. You don't need to book any of the car parks listed below.
Leave no trace
We're asking everybody to embrace the mountaineering principle of 'leave no trace' - whether that's taking rubbish home with you, keeping to designated footpaths to protect the countryside or following local information advice - this will really support our Rangers to concentrate on conservation work where it's most needed. You can read the full countryside code on the government website here.
Parking your campervan or motorhome
Campervans that are used for transport are welcome but are not permitted to stay overnight. We’re unable to welcome caravans and coaches. Please be aware that many of our car parks are located on very narrow, steep roads.
NT Members park for free
At most of our car parks in the Lake District, you can simply scan your membership card to ensure a contribution is given to the property you are visiting - this will ensure our local Rangers have much needed funds to support our important ongoing conservation projects. Not a member? You can join online by scrolling to the bottom of this page, or pay for your parking on the day.
What do you want to do from our car parks today?
Aira Force and Ullswater: For access to waterfall walks and lakeshore, takeaway drinks and snacks, services at Glenridding and Patterdale, Ullswater Steamers to Howtown and Pooley Bridge (currently closed) and a wide range of popular fell and bike routes including Helvellyn.
Borrowdale and Derwent Water, near Keswick: Great for lakeshore and riverside strolls as well as access to the high fells including Great Gable and Scafell Pike.
Elterwater and the Great Langdale Valley, near Ambleside: For leisurely valley and riverside ambles and direct access to high fell routes including the iconic Langdale Pikes.
Tarn Hows, near Coniston Water and Hawkshead: For gentle walks around an iconic tarn and woodland trails with panoramic views.
Wasdale: Park here for direct access to England's highest fells including Scafell Pike, Great Gable and much more.