Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail
Snaizeholme Red Squirrel viewing area
The Snaizeholme red squirrel viewing area lies in the heart of the Widdale Red Squirrel Reserve. Although coniferous woodland is ideal habitat for red squirrels, they can be difficult to see in such densely planted woodlands. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority and local landowners have created the red squirrel viewing area for the public at Snaizeholme, so you can see them in the wild.
The viewpoint and surrounding woodland offer an excellent chance of getting superb views of red squirrels as they visit a feeder in a woodland clearing. With luck you may also see roe deer, along with a variety of woodland birds, such as siskin, lesser redpoll and perhaps even a common crossbill.
Snaizeholme lies just outside the market town of Hawes. The Little White Bus operates a pre-book service to the start of the Red Squirrel trail from the Dales Countryside Museum. The bus ride takes about ten minutes. Your friendly Little White Bus driver will drop you off at the top of the track, which leads to the start of the trail. Make sure you arrange a time for the bus driver to come back for you!
It is a 2.5 mile circular walk to the red squirrel viewpoint. Allow 40 minutes to walk to the viewing area from Mirk Pot. Once at the viewing area, sit down, take the weight off your feet and take the time to appreciate this very special place. Allow a minimum of 45 minutes to return to the start point from the viewing area.
The route includes an initial steep descent down a series of steps, followed by an uneven footpath on the edge of the woodland. It passes over ground which can become very muddy. The return route includes a steep climb up a track to the single track road.
For more information and a map of the route, download a copy of our red squirrel trail leaflet from the link on the right.