Lake District car parks

Car park sign and four walkers, Seatoller, Cumbria

Our car parks in the Lake District remain open for local access. Please continue to follow government guidance on travel and exercise.

Plan ahead

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.

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.

NT Members park for free

Members park for free at 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, or pay for your parking on the day.

Two women walk their dog on a lead at Tarn Hows

Help us look after the Lake District  

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.

Our Car Parks
Woman stands on Derwent Water shore at Kettlewell car park

Car parks for Borrowdale and Derwent Water, near Keswick 

There are 9 National Trust pay-and-display car parks in the Borrowdale Valley from where you can access Derwent Water for canoeing and boating, go for an amble or get up on the high summits.


Car parks for Windermere west shore

Best explored on foot or by bike, Windermere west shore is the place to go for lakeside strolls, great views and picnics by the water. Here’s a handy guide to our car parks along Windermere west shore to help you plan your day.

Stickle Ghyll walk

Car parks for Langdale and Elterwater

Home to the majestic Langdale Pikes and mountain tarns, the Langdales are a natural playground. Whether you’re venturing on to the high fells, relaxing at Sticklebarn or exploring the area by bike, here’s a handy guide to our car parks in Langdale and Elterwater to help you plan your day.

Aira Force waterfall in Ullswater

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 reflective Tarn Hows at sunrise, Lake District

Tarn Hows car park, near Coniston

You can enjoy gentle walks with panoramic views from this classic Lakeland beauty spot within easy reach from Coniston, Ambleside and Hawkshead. This is a pay-and-display or pay-by-phone car park. Sat Nav: LA21 8DP

Wasdale in Autumn

Car parks for Wasdale

Home to towering mountains and the deepest lake in England, Wasdale is a great place for an adventure. Whether you want to climb a fell, take your dog for a walk in Low Wood or explore the shores of Wastwater, here’s a handy guide to our car parks in Wasdale to help you plan your day.