Respect rural communities: Get in the zone

Respect rural communities: Get in the zone

Some of the most popular spots across the Peak District can be at full capacity by 9am at weekends, so don't forget to plan ahead. We highly recommend heading to the less busy car parks and avoiding ‘hotspot’ locations.

Planning your parking

Parking can get very busy on weekends, bank holidays and school holidays so make your day easier by finding the most suitable car park on the car park listings.

Many of the car parks are Pay & Display or require a membership card, so make sure you have loose change as card payments are not always possible in some locations. Irresponsible parking on the roadside, in villages or across access entrances can stop emergency crews, farmers and local communities getting through, so always stick to approved parking zones. Many areas are now patrolled, and penalty notices may be issued.

Respect rural communities: Get in the zone
Respect rural communities: Get in the zone
Respect rural communities: Get in the zone

NT members and non-members

For National Trust car parks across the Peak District, National Trust members park for free but need to bring their membership cards with them to scan at the car park machines. This will then print off a ticket for you to display on your car dashboard. Every time you scan your membership card this helps us to build a better picture of our visitor numbers and peak times throughout the day. When this option is not possible please display your NT car park sticker.

For non members you now have the option to pay for parking via the contactless Pay by Phone option or alternatively you can pay by cash but please remember to bring hand sanitiser with you. Please always bring the correct change as cash points are very limited across the Peak District. For 4 hours parking the charge is £3.50 and for anything over 4 hours it is £5.

These vital funds help to directly support our conservation work across the Peak District, from planting trees that help to tackle climate change, to increasing the diversity in wildflower meadows. For more FAQs around parking across National Trust sites, please visit our central page here.

Know before you go: Blue Badge holders
Know before you go: Blue Badge holders
Know before you go: Blue Badge holders

Blue badge holders

If you have mobility issues and you are a blue badge holder, remember that you're able to park for free in our pay-and-display car parks as long as you display your badge – there is no need to scan.

Though if you are with someone who can scan on your behalf, remember that the property will benefit from your visit. We are in the process of exploring what more we can do to support accessibility at our car parks.

Respect rural communities: Get in the Zone
Respect rural communities: Get in the Zone
Respect rural communities: Get in the Zone

Closing times

Many of our car park across the Peak District are open from 8:30am until dusk but we do not allow any overnight parking. There may be some occasions where our car parks are locked early or closed for the day, this is normally due to snow/ice, high winds or when maintenance needs to be carried out on the car park.

We do not accept any liability for any theft or damage incurred whilst parking in our car parks. In an emergency please call 999.

Respect rural communities: Get in the zone
Respect rural communities: Get in the zone
Respect rural communities: Get in the zone

Bike racks

Bike racks are available in the main car park at Longshaw (Woodcroft) and in the stableyard area at Ilam Park. Please bring your own bike lock if leaving your bike in the racks. We do not accept any liability for any theft or damage incurred whilst leaving your bike in the bike rack. In an emergency please call 999.

Savvy summary

  • Please only park in designated car park and not on grass verges, narrow roads and across access points.
  • NT members park for free in our parks: Mam Nick, Ilam Park, Dovedale, Woodcroft, Wooden Pole and Haywood.
  • If you need to pay for parking, please bring the correct change with you.
  • Overnight parking is not permitted across any of our National Trust car parks.
  • Fly-tipping is against the law, if you see any on roads/laybys report it to the local council. If you see any in the countryside report it to the landowner.
  • Camping (including motorhomes and campervans) is not permitted across the Peak District National Park countryside or in our car parks. Please book in at an approved camping and caravan site to avoid disappointment. Please be aware that due to very narrow roads and small spaces, that campervans and motorhomes will not be able to park at Dovedale car park, please use our Ilam Park car park. Both car parks have very limited capacity so please plan ahead before leaving home.

By parking responsibly and safely, you can set a positive example to others and be outdoor ambassadors of the landscapes that you love. Protect our countryside for the future of wildlife and for people - thank you.

Getting in touch with the right people can help keep you and others safe during your time spent in the countryside
Getting in touch with the right people can help keep you and others safe during your time spent in the countryside
Getting in touch with the right people can help keep you and others safe during your time spent in the countryside

Reporting irresponsible parking

If you need to report irresponsible parking that is causing damage to roadside verges, danger to pedestrians and other road users please call 101 and provide them with the location and as much detail as you can. Where possible, make a note of the incident number and follow this up with the local council for the area. If you find that your access from your house is blocked by a vehicle and you need to get out in an emergency, please ring 999 and provide them with the location and as much detail as you can.

Parking restrictions marked with lines or signs – such as yellow lines, clearways, parking bays with conditions on them, are enforced by Civil Enforcement Officers working for the relevant county council:

Parking and enforcement - Staffordshire County Council – report using web form

Civil Parking Enforcement (CPE) - Derbyshire County Council – report by email contact.centre@derbyshire.gov.uk

County councils can also enforce where a dropped kerb is blocked (such as a blocked driveway).

County councils are also the authorities which introduce new restrictions or changes to restrictions.

Other parking problems, such as dangerously parked or causing an obstruction but not on a restriction, should be reported to the police. Both Staffordshire and Derbyshire police websites indicate these should be reported online as antisocial behaviour:

Report antisocial behaviour | Staffordshire Police

Report antisocial behaviour | Derbyshire Constabulary

Car parks are the responsibility of the operator which will be on the signs – this may be the district council, a private company, or other organisation.