fly agaric mushroom in grass at Snipe Dales Country Park
fly agaric mushroom in grass at Snipe Dales Country Park

Lincolnshire - Snipe Dales Country Park & Nature Reserve

Experience the Wolds as they once were

Snipe Dales is a country park and nature reserve in the Lincolnshire Wolds near Hagworthingham in Lincolnshire, England. Both are owned by the County Council, but are managed by the Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.

The reserve is one of the few remaining examples showing the Wolds as they once were and has one of the very few surviving semi-natural wet valley systems, and has a range of woodland walks with plenty of opportunities for wildlife spotting.

It's an area of two halves with wet valleys, grassland and scrub in the Nature Reserve and mixed woodland forming the Country Park.

The diversity of the area supports the range of birds in the park and the other wildlife which includes butterflies and dragonflies.

Walking and cycling through this landscape is enjoyable at any time of the year. In the autumn and winter, goldcrests and treecreepers forage in the woodlands, as well as siskin and brambling. In the spring, there's the return of migrating warblers and the beginning of the breeding season when the valleys and woods are filled with bird song.

Snipe Dales offers three waymarked trails that can be enjoyed throughout the year. These include the 'There and Back Trail' - a one mile linear walk; the 'Country Park Trail' - a one and a quarter mile circular walk through the Country Park woodlands; and the 'Snipe Dales Round' - a three and a half mile circular walk through the reserve.

The first two of these walks are also suitable for dogs as they only pass through the Country Park.