The attractive valleys of Snipe Dales, fretted by streams, offer wonderful views of the southern Lincolnshire Wolds.
Snipe Dales is one of the few semi-natural wet valley systems still surviving in Lincolnshire. It is an area of two halves with mixed woodland in the Country Park and wet valleys, grassland and scrub in the nature reserve. This diversity supports a wide range of birds and other wildlife including butterflies and dragonflies.
Walking through the landscape is pleasant at any time of year. In autumn and winter, treecreepers and goldcrests forage in the woodlands, along with siskin and bramblings. In the spring, with the return of migrating warblers and the breeding season getting underway, the valleys and woods are filled with bird song.
Snipe Dales is open at all times.
Paths are steep in places. Many are hard surfaced, though those in the Nature Reserve can be muddy. Sturdy footwear or wellingtons are advisable.
Access to the eastern corner of the Country Park and the permissive path from Beckside Field to Furze Hill will be closed on Monday 19 December 2016 for woodland management work.
Dogs can be taken to the country park provided they are on a lead or kept under close control.
Dogs are not allowed in the nature reserve.
How to get there
Snipe Dales is between Horncastle and Spilsby off the B1195. It is well signposted from the A158 and B1195.
Buses from Horncastle or Spilsby can make a diversion to stop at Snipe Dales using the CallConnect service.
There is a small charge for parking at Snipe Dales.
Income from the parking charge supports the work across the site.
A combined car parking season ticket for Gibraltar Point and Snipe Dales is available for £10.00 for 12 months.
The season ticket is available at the Snipe Dales Office, Gibraltar Point Visitor Centre or by post from: Banovallum House, Manor House Street, Horncastle LN9 5HF
Please make cheques payable to "Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust". Mark your envelope CPST and enclose a stamped addressed envelope.
Snipe Dales Country Park and Nature Reserve are owned by Lincolnshire County Council and are managed jointly by the Council and Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust.