A village in the Lake District has introduced free parking in certain areas to encourage more visitors.

Five new bays in Hawkshead can now be found at the main car park in the village, with each one giving users 30 minutes of free parking.

The group 'I Love Hawkshead', comprised of locals wanting to support the area, said: "They're individually signposted, and are great if you're popping into the village to visit our shops.

"Thank you to the Lake District National Park for adding these - they will be a great benefit for locals and visitors."

The hope is that, with the reduction in restrictions, more people will be willing to travel into the village to boost the income of local businesses.

Whilst no ticket is required to use the select bays, the national park warned that fines would be handed out if people's stays extended past the allocated 30-minute window.