Dartmoor parking charges are going up

Dartmoor National Park Authority is increasing its parking charges for the first time in five years. From May 1 parking charges will increase at Haytor, Postbridge, Princetown, Meldon Reservoir and Lydford car parks.

Guy Henderson www.devonlive.com

The new fees will be £3 for up to three hours and £5 if staying for more than three hours. Fees for minibus and coaches will be £10 all day. Blue Badge holders will pay £3 all day. All the car parks remain free for motorcycles.

Charges for Haytor, Postbridge, Princetown and Meldon run from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Sunday. Charges for Lydford run from 10am to 6pm from Monday to Saturday and from 1pm to 6pm on Sunday.

A spokesman for the authority said: “The reality of continued financial challenges means the authority has had to make a series of difficult decisions lately, including a review of parking fees.

“People who pay to stay in the car parks owned by the authority are keeping Dartmoor a special place. Money raised is reinvested back in important services such as maintaining car park surfaces, looking after toilets, improving accessibility and supporting conservation work.”

The authority has also invested funds in installing electric vehicle charging points with one already at Haytor and others planned for Postbridge and Princetown.

Director of Conservation and Communities Richard Drysdale added: “We have done our best to keep the increases as modest as possible and visitors will still benefit from free parking before 10am or after 6pm. We think the increase is still good value for a day out on Dartmoor – one of the country’s most important landscapes and among the first to be designated as a National Park in 1951.

“Fees are vital for us in maintaining our car parks and visitor services and continuing our conservation work to help keep Dartmoor special for everyone to enjoy.” Signs letting people know about the increases have been put up in car parks.