Car Parks

We own and manage several car parks within the National Park, as do district councils and other organisations including the National Trust, Forestry Commission and South West Water. Many other car parks within the National Park are managed by independent providers.

Income from the Authority’s car parks directly helps us to keep Dartmoor a special place by supporting our conservation projects, maintaining paths, trails and visitor facilities.

Car Parking Charges

Charges apply at these National Park Authority car parks :

  • Haytor Lower
  • Haytor Upper
  • Meldon Reservoir
  • Postbridge Visitor Centre
  • Princetown

Please note new charges apply at Haytor, Meldon and Postbridge from June 2018.

All car parks are pay and display and charges apply Monday to Sunday between the hours of 10.00am and 6.00pm daily.

Cars up to 3 hours£1.00
Cars over 3 hours£2.00
Blue Badge (all day)£1.00
Minibuses£4.00
Coaches£4.00

General Conditions

  • Tickets are valid for each car park only and are not transferable
  • Tickets must be clearly displayed in vehicle
  • Blue badges must be clearly on display
  • All vehicles and their contents are left entirely at owners’ risk
  • No Heavy Goods Vehicles permitted
  • No overnight sleeping in vehicles
  • No fires, cooking or camping

Frequently Asked Questions

Why is the National Park Authority introducing car park charges?

We have introduced charges to help us manage our car parks and visitor facilities.  The previous voluntary donation scheme showed that donation levels had fallen to as low as 15p per vehicle which is not sustainable and we are no longer able to rely on donations alone.

How do I pay for parking?

The ticket machines accept coins only.  Coins accepted are £2, £1, 50p, 20p, 10p.  We accept payments for car parking by debit card at the Visitor Centres at Haytor and Postbridge during normal opening hours.

Can I purchase a season ticket?

Not at the moment although this is something we will consider, depending on likely demand.

How long can I park for?

At Haytor a day ticket expires at 6.00pm, after which parking is free until 10.00am the following day.  Please note that the Haytor Lower car park  and coach park, may be locked during hours of darkness.

At Postbridge and Meldon car parks, a day ticket is valid for 24 hours.

Please note that the occupation of vehicles overnight is not permitted and is enforced under National Park byelaws.