Overnight parking is being introduced in car parks owned by the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority (YDNPA) to help walkers wanting to plan longer hikes.
From April 1, visitors will not have to limit their routes to ones that can be covered in a few hours.
Instead they will be able to buy a parking ticket for either 24 or 48 hours at a cost of £5 or £7.50 respectively so they can go further afield and break their journey overnight at some of the National Park’s hotels, guest houses or bed and breakfast businesses.
The new service has been introduced after consultation with car park users, according to Dr Malcolm Petyt, the Authority’s Member Champion for Recreation Management.
“We have listened to what people have said they want and we have come up with this facility so they can leave their vehicles for longer periods,” he said.
“It will be ideal for visitors who want to extend their stay and go off walking for a weekend, for example.
“We will also be introducing a 10-minute ‘free pee’ facility in each car park – again at the request of visitors.”
For the first time in more than three years, there will be a rise in the cost of all-day tickets – up by 30p to £3.50 for cars and up 60p to £7 for larger vehicles.
Dr Petyt said: “All the revenue from the ticket sales goes towards the maintenance of the car parks and toilets and to National Park projects, and we have kept the increases to an absolute minimum.
“All other ticket costs – including short stay – will be frozen at last year’s prices and the popular £10 weekly passes will continue in conjunction with Richmondshire District Council (RDC) providing access to National Park and RDC car parks.”