Lake District Kind

Car Parks status

Whether you’re new to the area or a seasoned visitor, please be #LakeDistrictKind and help us look after the landscape you love. Tips to help you plan ahead and thing to know before you go.

Safer Lakes Officers patrol the National Park 24/7. We update this page everyday from 9am - 5pm. Look out for our volunteers too, helping visitors in busy places to stay safe and enjoy their day.

We use links to What3Words maps to show you the exact location of each car park, they look like this: ///possible.snooping.region


  • Around Windermere and Ambleside

    • Updated: 2 August 2021 11:33pm
    • Ambleside

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Ambleside

    • Waterhead, Ambleside

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display

      Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

      🚾 Toilets

      Location: ///possible.snooping.region

    • Troutbeck

      Not very busy

      There are a few small public parking areas and lay-bys in and around Troutbeck. Please park safely and considerately.

    • Brockhole on Windermere

      Not very busy

      Enjoy a day on the shore of Windermere with outdoor activities, outdoor dining, and boat hire.

      Between Windermere and Ambleside on the A591

      £ Pay and Display

      Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk

      🚾 Toilets

      Electric vehicle charging

      One of The Lake District's most visited sites

      Children's adventure playground, beautiful gardens, lakeshore, magnificent views

      The Gaddum Restaurant fine dining
      Café and take away food
      Shop showcasing artisan and local products
      Information centre
      Exhibitions of local culture, landscape and natural history

      Activities including boat hire, archery, laser clay shooting: pre-book online at
      www.brockhole.co.uk

      Location: ///bleak.dries.cooked

    • Bowness town centre

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Bowness town centre

    • Windermere Town

      Not very busy

      Windermere town parking. If Broad Street is busy try Windermere School which opens for public parking during the school holidays.

      See car parks within Windermere Town

    • Rayrigg Meadow, Windermere

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display

      Toilets CLOSED

      Access to lakeshore

      Location: ///gratuity.jobs.spindles

    • Hammarbank, Windermere viewpoint 600 metres NW of town

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display

      Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

      Long stay and weekly parking available

      Ideally located for short walks to:
      Queen Adelaid's Hill viewpoint, Millerground lakeshore & woodlands
      Orrest Head viewpoint above Windermere town

      Location: ///airstrip.skews.lyrics

    • Beech Hill, Windermere east lakeshore

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display

      Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

      🚾 Toilets
      Picnic area, lake viewpoint, access to lakeshore

      Location: ///ultra.bloom.warms

    • Gummers How

      Not very busy

      At 160 metres above Windermere, this is the closest parking for an ascent of Gummer's How (viewpoint at the SE tip of the lake).

      Location: ///crystal.barefoot.arranges

    • Fell Foot, Windemere

      Not very busy

      Location: ///butchers.televise.vocal

    • Lakeside for Windermere Lake Cruises

      Not very busy

      300 spaces available 7 days a week.
      £ Pay and display.

      Park here for Windermere Lake Cruises Lakeside pier.

      Location: ///headed.reflected.newly

    • High Dam, near Finsthwaite

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display

      Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

      Farmer and Emergency Access Required 24/7 - don't obstruct lane

      Location: ///broadens.unstable.says

    • Stott Park Bobbin Mill

      Not very busy

      NB there are two car parks, which are only open during Bobbin Mill Museum opening times. The more westerly one may be used by the general public.

      £ Pay and Display

      🚾 Toilets open during museum opening times only

      https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/visit/places/stott-park-bobbin-mill/

      Location: ///firm.overused.cost

    • West side Wray area

      Not very busy

      See car parks within West side Wray area

      • Red Nab, Windermere western lakeshore

        Lakeshore parking
        Access is along a dead-end single track road that has few passing places

        Location: ///populate.dice.questions

      • Wray Castle, Windermere north western lakeshore

        £ Pay and Display - Coins only, or using the "Pay to Park" app

        🚾 Toilets

        Location: ///snacking.dizziness.buzzards

    • Brathay lay-by, Clappersgate near Ambleside

      Not very busy

      Location: ///solutions.note.trifle

    • Ferry area east side

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Ferry area east side

      • Ferry Nab, Windermere lakeshore

        £ Pay and Display

        This car park also serves the Ferry Nab boat launching facility
        On busy days, the car park may be closed to allow for boat launches to take place.

        Location: ///tasteful.belief.deeply

      • Braithwaite Fold, between Bowness and Ferry Nab

        £ Pay and Display

        This car park is 800 metres south of Bowness town centre, and 500 metres from the Windermere Ferry

        Location: ///oatmeal.punctuate.months

    • Ferry area West side

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Ferry area West side

      • Ash Landing, Windermere western lakeshore

        Lakeshore parking close to the ferry landing on the western shore

        £ Pay and Display - Coins only
        Or you can pay using the Pay to Park app

        Location: ///nozzles.bitter.biked

      • Harrowslack, Windermere western lakeshore

        Lakeshore parking close to the ferry landing on the western shore

        £ Pay and Display - Coins only
        Or you can pay using the Pay to Park app

        Location: ///bother.mermaids.nearly

      • Lay-bys, Harrowslack, Windermere western lakeshore, north of ferry landing

        Location: ///lend.piglets.stuck

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  • Around Keswick, Borrowdale, Buttermere, Bassenthwaite and Whinlatter

      • Updated: 2 August 2021 11:33pm
    • Keswick town centre

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Keswick town centre

      • Town centre car parks, Keswick

        Allerdale Borough Council car parks

        £ Pay and Display

        These are within 200 metres of Keswick town centre:

        Bell Close
        Otley Road
        Central (on Heads Road)
        Rawnsley Centre (Main Street) CLOSED until and including 6 August 2021
        Pencil Museum (Carding Mill Lane) CLOSED until and including 6 August 2021

        🚾 Public toilets in Bell Close car park. Includes accessible toilet

    • Bassenthwaite Lake, West side

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Bassenthwaite Lake, West side

    • Ouse Bridge (Banks Point) Bassenthwaite Lake northern end

      Not very busy

      You can buy fishing and boating permits for Bassenthwaite Lake online

      Location: ///available.altering.outdoors

    • Dodd Wood, Bassenthwaite (south east)

      Not very busy

      £ Pay in car park

      🚾 Toilets
      🍴 Café - The Old Sawmill Tearoom

      Location: ///feathers.outwit.detergent

    • Derwentwater East side

      Not very busy

      On busy days, most parking areas between Great Wood and Kettlewell fill up quickly. For summer 2021 there is a prime location, lakeshore parking field near Barrow Bay, only 300 metres south of Ashness Jetty: this often has space when other car parks are full. Please do not park obstructively on the roadside.

      See car parks within Derwentwater East side

    • Ashness Bridge and Surprise View

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and display - Coins only

      If Ashness Bridge car park is full, try the Surprise View car park 500 metres further up the road

      Location: ///revisits.scary.objective

    • Borrowdale

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Borrowdale

    • Honister Pass

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display - Coins only

      Location: ///digress.lads.purses

    • Buttermere village

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Buttermere village

      • Buttermere LDNP in village

        £ Pay and Display - coins and cards.

        Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

        🚾 Toilets

        Buttermere becomes congested at peak times. Please only park in the designated car parks. Please don't cause highway obstructions by parking badly on roadsides and verges in the valley.

        Location: ///attend.bikers.swims

      • Buttermere NT in village

        £ Pay and Display - Coins only

        Fishing and boating permits can be bought from this car park machine

        Buttermere becomes congested at peak times. Please only park in the designated car parks. Please don't cause highway obstructions by parking badly on roadsides and verges in the valley.

        Location: ///wolves.towers.blurts

    • Lanthwaite Wood, Crummock Water north end

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display - Coins only

      Buttermere becomes congested at peak times. Please only park in the designated car parks. Please don't cause highway obstructions by parking badly on roadsides and verges in the valley.

      Location: ///vivid.mealtime.broad

    • Watendlath

      Not very busy

      Watendlath is three miles from Derwentwater along a steep and winding single track road.

      🚾Toilets (not open all year round)

      £ Pay and display - Coins only

      Location: ///fitter.custard.brilliant

    • Threlkeld

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Threlkeld

    • Whinlatter Pass East and Braithwaite Village

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Whinlatter Pass East and Braithwaite Village

    • Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

      • Whinlatter Forest Visitor Centre

        🚾 Toilets
        £ Pay in the car park 
        🍴 Cafe 
        Cyclewise Bike Shop

        Location: ///denote.motion.proposals

      • Revelin Moss, Whinlatter Pass

        £ Pay in the car park
        This car park is 300 metres from the main Whinlatter Visitor Centre facilities

        Location: ///danger.lines.community

    • Whinlatter Pass West

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Whinlatter Pass West

    • Cat Bells and Derwentwater West

      Not very busy

      #parkNsail is a great way to access fells, attractions and villages around Derwentwater to the south of Keswick, including Cat Bells. Leave your vehicle in Keswick at the Rugby Club Car Park for only £4, and get 15% off tickets for Keswick Launch and sail to your destination across Derwentwater.

      See car parks within Cat Bells and Derwentwater West

    • Northern Fells, including Caldbeck, Hesket Newmarket, Mungrisdale

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Northern Fells, including Caldbeck, Hesket Newmarket, Mungrisdale

    • Keswick edge of town

      Not very busy

      These car parks tend to fill-up less quickly than town centre car parks, but they're only  5 - 10 minutes' walk from the town centre.

      See car parks within Keswick edge of town

      • Lakeside, and Theatre by the Lake, Keswick

        Five hundred metres south of Keswick town centre. Adjacent to The Theatre By The Lake and boat landing stages.

        £ Pay and Display
        🚾 Toilets

        Location: ///alienated.ranked.they

      • Crosthwaite Road, Keswick

        Adjacent car parks operated by:
        Fitz Park Trust (£ Pay and Display)
        Keswick Football Club (£ donation)
        600 metres walk from the town centre (via Fitz Park and surfaced riverbank path)

        Location: ///user.overlaid.departure

      • Keswick Rugby Club

        250 spaces

        £4 all day (Summer 2021) Pay and display

        #parkNsail is a great way to access fells, attractions and villages around Derwentwater to the south of Keswick, including Cat Bells. Leave your vehicle in Keswick at the Rugby Club Car Park for only £4, and get 15% off tickets for Keswick Launch and sail to your destination across Derwentwater.

        Location: ///gilding.rarely.hairspray

      • Keswick Old Station and K2T Trail

        Access to the Keswick / Threlkeld Old Railway Line Trail

        £ Pay and Display

        NB there are two car parks with different operators - one is Allerdale  Borough Council's, the other is owned by The Keswick Country House Hotel: use the correct ticket machine for the area you're parking in.

        Location: ///eats.shining.marsh

      • Brundholme Road for Skiddaw and Latrigg

        Cashless payment only using RingGo http://ringgo.co.uk/

        Location: ///cooked.videos.beaker

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  • Around Grasmere and Rydal

      • Updated: 2 August 2021 11:32pm
    • Grasmere village

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Grasmere village

      • Stock Lane, Grasmere village

        £ Pay and Display

        Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

        🚾 Toilets

        This is the first car park on entry to the village from the south. If it's full, try the Broadgate Meadows car park - two minutes' away.

        Location: ///spite.zaps.camera

      • Broadgate Meadow, Grasmere village

        £ Pay and Display

        Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

        When Grasmere village is very busy, this car park is the one that's most likely to have space.

        Location: ///sprouting.inventors.shielding

      • Red Bank Road, Grasmere village

        £ Pay and Display

        Location: ///recently.cubes.heightens

    • White Moss Common, Rydal

      Not very busy

      See car parks within White Moss Common, Rydal

      • White Moss Upper, Rydal

        £ Pay in car park.
        🚾 Toilets are beside the lower car park, on the other side of the main road (100 metres)

        Location: ///grandest.plans.worker

      • White Moss Lower, Rydal

        £ Pay in car park.
        🚾 Toilets

        Location: ///trips.limiting.handover

    • Dunmail Raise, pass between Grasmere and Thirlmere

      Not very busy

      Roadside parking in lay-by

      Location: ///acclaimed.teaspoons.rare

    • Pelter Bridge, Rydal

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display

      Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

      This small car park is often very busy. Alternative public parking nearby:

      (i) White Moss Common (1.5Km north west along A491)

      (ii) Grasmere village (3Km north west along the A591)

      (iii) Ambleside Cricket Club car park is sometimes open to the public (700 metres south on the A591 towards Ambleside).

      Location: ///optimists.comfort.blushes

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  • Around Coniston, Hawkshead and Grizedale

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  • Around Ullswater, Glenridding and Haweswater

      • Updated: 2 August 2021 11:33pm
    • Pooley Bridge

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Pooley Bridge

    • Laybys Ullswater west lakeshore

      Not very busy

    • Glencoyne

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display - Coins only
      Or use Pay to Park app

      Location: ///slang.kingpin.exclusive

    • Cowbridge, Brothers Water north end

      Not very busy

      Location: ///pelt.kennels.racing

    • Patterdale

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Patterdale

      • Patterdale King George V Playing Field

        £ - cash only

        Open most days, but might be closed to the public on cricket match or other sports and local community days.

        Location: ///lunching.reports.sailors

      • Patterdale Hotel

        £ Pay & display - coins only

        Location: ///stop.vans.duty

    • Kirkstone Pass

      Not very busy

      A large car park opposite the legendary Kirkstone Pass Inn

      Location: ///trains.garden.turntable

    • Aira Force and Gowbarrow

      Not very busy

      Aira Force waterfalls, on land owned by the National Trust. The Falls are within a kilometre's walk of all three listed car parks, which all fill-up at peak times on busy days. If Aira Force car park below the Falls is full, try Park Brow or High Cascades (both a short drive up  the hill).

      See car parks within Aira Force and Gowbarrow

    • Howtown and Martindale

      Not very busy

      The road to Howtown and beyond is a dead-end, and narrow in places. Public parking is limited to The Hause, and several small laybys.

      There are no alternative routes into or out of this area for emergency and large service vehicles.

      Don't leave your vehicle in a position where it obstructs the highway.

      See car parks within Howtown and Martindale

    • Glenridding

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Glenridding

    • Haweswater and Lowther Valley

      Not very busy

      On busy days the parking area at Mardale Head fills-up: please don't obstruct the road by parking inappropriately.

      See car parks within Haweswater and Lowther Valley

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  • Around Wasdale, Eskdale and Ennerdale

      • Updated: 2 August 2021 11:32pm
    • Wastwater

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Wastwater

    • Ennerdale Water

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Ennerdale Water

      • Bowness Knott

        The final 4Km of road to Bowness Knott car park is narrow and bendy, with few passing places, making vehicle travel difficult at busy times.
        No unauthorised vehicles allowed in the valley beyond the car park ⛔️

        Location: ///feathers.strikers.focus

      • Bleach Green

        If this car park is full, please try Bowness Knott car park.

        Location: ///fishnet.tweezers.costs

    • Silecroft

      Not very busy

      🚾 Toilets

    • Ravenglass

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display

      Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

      🚾 Toilets

      Location: ///diverts.pictures.eyeliner

    • Duddon Furnace, 150 metres NW of Duddon Bridge

      Not very busy

      Location: ///recording.crows.allergy

    • Muncaster Castle

      Not very busy

      https://www.muncaster.co.uk/

      The car park is outside the grounds, and is free for Muncaster Ticket Holders.

      People parking but not entering the Castle and Gardens are requested to make a cash donation of £5 per car.

      Location: ///twitchy.sunshine.reflected

    • Eskdale

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Eskdale

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  • Around Langdale

      • Updated: 2 August 2021 11:32pm
    • Langdale head of valley

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Langdale head of valley

      • New Dungeon Ghyll

        £ Pay and Display

        Cashless payment using Ring Go available at http://ringgo.co.uk/

        Location: ///unafraid.tailwind.honestly

      • Stickle Ghyll

        £ Pay and Display

        🚾 Toilets

        The National Trust's arrangements permitting overnight occupancy of campervans are currently suspended.

        Hence, overnight occupancy of vehicles is currently prohibited at this location.

        Location: ///verb.many.moved

      • Old Dungeon Ghyll

        £ Pay and Display

        Please respect the footpath diversion: When leaving (or returning to) the car park to access Mickleden, Raven Crag or Dungeon Ghyll, please use the permissive path between the hotel and Middle Fell Farm. Avoid the rear of the hotel. Please follow the signs / maps on site.

        Location: ///testy.flagged.hurry

    • Blea Tarn, Little Langdale

      Not very busy

      £ Pay and Display - coins only

      Location: ///otherwise.mole.lions

    • Elterwater and Skelwith area

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Elterwater and Skelwith area

      • Silverthwaite between Elterwater and Skelwith Bridge

        £ Pay in car park

        Location: ///evening.valued.cracker

      • Elterwater Village

        £ Pay and Display

        If you don't find space at this popular car park or in the village, try Silverthwaite car park (1.5 kilometres to the south east, towards Skelwith Bridge and Ambleside)

        Location: ///hiding.lived.reverted

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  • Around Thirlmere

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  • Around Kendal

      • Updated: 2 August 2021 11:33pm
    • Foulshaw, near Levens

      Not very busy

      Location: ///oppose.prevents.curly

    • Scout and Cunswick Scars

      Not very busy

      See car parks within Scout and Cunswick Scars

      • Scout Scar, near Kendal

        A medium sized car park that is great for walks on Scout Scar and the surrounding countryside.
        Please drive carefully as the surface is rough in places.
        Overnight stays are not permitted.

        Location: ///inch.probe.flames

      • Cunswick Scar, near Kendal

        A medium sized car park that is great for walks on Scout Scar and the surrounding countryside.
        Please drive carefully as the surface is rough in places.
        Overnight stays are not permitted.

        Location: ///river.daisy.shots

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Working together to keep the Lake District National Park safe for everyone

Allerdale borough Council

Cumbria Wildlife Trust

Forestry England

Lake District National Park

Lowther Estates

National Trust

South Lakeland District Council

United Utilities