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Snaizeholme Red Squirrel Trail

Snaizeholme Red Squirrel viewing area

Location: Snaizeholme, Widdale, Wensleydale

Grid reference: SD828863

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. However, they don’t always arrive on cue, so be aware it’s not a guarantee that you’ll see any.

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.

Getting there

You can take advantage of the Little White Bus service from the Dales Countryside Museum that will take you to Snaizeholme. From the drop-off point, it is a 2.5 mile circular walk to the red squirrel viewpoint.

You can find full details of the Red Squirrel Trail at Snaizeholme by picking up a copy of “Go Nuts for Red Squirrels” leaflet from any of our National Park Visitor Centres or call into the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes.

See also this page on our website.