Reservoir parking charges trial

Shoulder ride through the woods
Why are you are trialling parking charges?

During our 18 month trial, the parking charges will be reinvested into nature conservation, countryside management and our first ever Ranger Team. Our rangers are a friendly face to greet on site and will be helping to keep our sites clean, safe and enjoyable for all.

We hope during the trial we'll see incidents of fly tipping and antisocial behaviour decrease - making these sites safer and more enjoyable for everyone!

Which car parks will have parking charges?

We’re introducing parking charges at Swinsty, Fewston and Thruscross.

This applies to the four car parks at these reservoirs:

  • Swinsty Stack Point
  • Swinsty Moor
  • Fewston Blubberhouses
  • Thruscross
How much will parking cost?
Time Charge
1 hour £1
2 hours £2
6 hours £3
All day £5
Annual permit* £30
Annual blue badge permit* Free


*Annual permits cover all Yorkshire Water car parks

Are there disabled user parking bays and are Blue Badge holders exempt?

Yes, there are disabled user parking bays and Blue Badge holders will be able to park for free. To get a free Blue Badge parking permit, please create an account and complete the registration form before you visit.

Apply for a free Blue Badge parking permit

If you are parking on site and do not yet have a valid Blue Badge parking permit, you must make sure you pay for your parking session.

Can I bring my campervan?

Yes, but not for overnight camping.

Can I bring my motorbike?

Yes, the same fees apply for all vehicles.

How can I pay?

You can pay by:

What happens if I can’t pay on the day?

You can pay any time up until midnight of the day of your visit by RingGo or by calling 020 3046 0060.

If for any reason you have been unable to pay for your parking session the same day please contact Bransby Wilson at

Please note Bransby Wilson will not be able to help if you are outside of the 24 hour time frame.

Is the annual pass for one family or vehicle only?

With an annual pass there is the option for visitors to add an additional car to the pass, you will need to make sure you have the correct vehicle selected before visiting. You can do this online when logged in to your permit account.

I’m an Angler, if we purchase a day ticket will we still have to pay the parking charge on top?

Anglers are able to buy their ticket through the ticket machine which will allow them free parking.

Can I park my car overnight?

No, the car parks will not be available for overnight parking.