Why is there a car parking charge?
Over the last few years we've invested more than £1million in the Essex Country Parks for the benefit of our visitors, with improvements to footpaths and accessibility, facilities, signage and play equipment, and there are plans for further investment to come. We need to make sure we continue to invest in our country parks for you and future generations to enjoy. Car parking income is reinvested into the upkeep and development of the parks and protection of the wildlife within.
To find the cost of parking at your local park, find the park under places to go. Costs are also displayed at each of the parks on the tariff boards by each payment machine.
Costs apply to all vehicles, including Blue Badge holders and tax-exempt vehicles. Coaches and minibuses of over 15 seats are charged £15 a day. Motorcycles park free.
We are continuing to try to make it easier for you to pay, investing in new methods that are rolling out across the parks. Whilst all machines should accept cash, there is also a new way to pay via an online app.
MiPermit is a versatile, cashless service that means you can arrange your parking by telephone, SMS from your mobile, online or through smartphone apps. You can also extend your stay easily. It is free to register your vehicle, and you can do this in advance of your visit. MiPermit is a fully electronic system, meaning you do not need to display a paper ticket in your vehicle.
For two cars, register your first car and it will then give you the option to add another.
In 2019 we are pleased to launch a new Explorer Pass to benefit our visitors.
Our new Explorer Pass gives you the opportunity to discover 9 different sites within Essex as well as receiving great offers.
The cost of the pass per year: £75/car or £50/car for over 60’s/blue badge holders. You can purchase the Explorer Pass through MiPermit, or at the parks’ visitor centres.