Park and protect - our car parks


The Peak District National Park Authority owns and manages 45 car parks throughout the National Park, with 27 of these free to use. The remaining 18 car parks have a Pay & Display system - please remember you may need change if card payments are not available.

We provide car parks to help handle the numbers of visitors to the National Park and reduce congestion. Fees from our Pay & Display car parks are re-invested into the care and protection of landscapes local to that area.

Please do not park on grass verges, by farm gates or other undesignated areas as this can reduce access for farm vehicles, the emergency services and damage protected habitats.

Regular visitor? Save with our annual parking pass

Our annual permit is just £40, and allows parking in any one of 18 Peak District National Park Authority Pay & Display car parks (plus of course, our 27 other free car parks).

For a visitor staying for a full day just twice a month, this represents a saving of almost £75 a year (normal day rate £4.75).

Ways you can apply

  1. Permits are available from all National Park Visitor Centres – this reduces costs to the National Park and lets us spend more on the places you love to visit
  2. Download and print the application form for an annual parking permit PDF icon (67KB)
  3. Receive a copy by email: email or call 01629 816 200
  4. Pay by card over the phone by contacting the Customer and Business Support Team on 01629 816 200

Please make cheques payable to PDNPA (Peak District National Park Authority)

Send your completed application form and the appropriate fee to:

Customer and Business Support Team
Peak District National Park Authority
Aldern House
Baslow Road
Bakewell DE45 1AE

Telephone: 01629 816200
Minicom: 01629 816319


Charges apply between 9am and 6pm. Card payments are not available in all locations, so please have spare change available to make your payment.

Parking Tariffs (from February 2019) Charge (£)
Up to 1 hr 1.50
Up to 2 Hr 2.50
Up to 4 hr 4.00
All day 4.75
Coaches (where permitted) 2 hr 4.00
Horse boxes/lorries up to 2 hr 4.00
Horse boxes/lorries all day 7.00
Motorcycles all day 1.50
Blue Badge holders Free
Cycles Free
Annual permit (previously visitors' permit) 40.00

How do we use car park fees?

  • To maintain the car parks
  • Pay for litter removal (around 70 tonnes across the National Park each year)
  • Improve and maintain on-site toilet facilities
  • Provide visitor information
  • Look after path networks from car parks, safeguarding landscape and habitats
  • Install CCTV cameras in collaboration with Derbyshire Police to reduce crime

Related documents

Finding our car parks

Our car parks usually have brown or grey entrance signs, and will reference the name/logo ‘Peak District National Park’ or ‘Peak Park’ Authority. National Park Authority parking permits are applicable in these car parks only, and we are unable to accept responsibility for fees or penalty charges incurred in facilities we do not manage.

For other car parks in the Peak District please visit the relevant website:

Share this page