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Train offers alternative as Dales imposing parking charges

Posted 7 March 2011
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Train offers alternative as Dales imposing parking charges
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The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority is introducing new car parking charges as it seeks to deal with the new financial situation created by government grant cuts.

From April 1st, the cost of parking at one of the authority's facilities will rise 14 per cent for a full day to £4, while a short stay will increase from £2.20 to £2.50, Grough reports.

However, flexible 24 and 48-hour tickets with the option of leaving a car parked overnight will be unchanged, while very short stays when people use toilets will remain free, ensuring it does not cost a penny to spend one.

Champion for recreation management at the authority Malcolm Petyt noted those coming in walking boots will benefit, stating: "It is important to point out that our car park revenue contributes to the upkeep of the national park."

Visitors may also consider using public transport alternatives, with these including the famous Settle to Carlisle Railway, which runs through the national park.

After leaving Settle on the edge of the national park, it stops at four stations within the boundary - Horton-in-Ribblesdale, Ribblehead, Dent and Garsdale.