The conifer woods are one of the last strongholds of our native red squirrel. The Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority worked with the local landowners to create a red squirrel viewing area for the public in a remote side valley called Snaizeholme. To reach the viewing area book your place on the Little White Bus and follow the Red Squirrel Trail, a 2.5 mile (4km) circular walk. The Little White Bus runs from outside the Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes to the start of the trail at Snaizeholme.
Places to eat are few along the dale but the Old Dairy Farm, is worth finding. It offers food and accommodation, and was one of the original homes of the dairy herd used by the Wensleydale Creamery to make its famous Wensleydale cheese.
The main watercourse meandering down the dale is Widdale Beck. This runs into the River Ure near Appersett passing under an old railway viaduct. Near here you can find one of our carefully hidden geocaches.