After the detour round the aviary we took our chances and walked into the Maze.  The puzzle was quite challenging and we thought we had tried all avenues to get to the centre, but we were still lost within the Maze.  I decided we should test out plan B, a tested way to reach the centre of the labyrinth, it worked (it always has done in the past).  One of my party members divulged what we had done to the ‘guardian of the labyrinth’ who advised that the thinking was erroneous and that, my strategy would only work from a certain point in the Maze…

I need to go back and test out the theory!!

Once in the centre of the labyrinth the only way out is via the underground grotto containing the elements of earth, air, fire and water; not to mention a legendary giant.

From the guide book:

Planted in 1988 with 2400 yew tree, the Leeds Castle maze leads to a spiralling path up to a raised viewpoint overlooking the park.  Reminiscent of the traditional geometric style of planting, the maze takes the form of a topiary castle.  The pattern includes a chalice and a queens crown, which can only be seen only once the puzzle has been solved.  The only way out of the maze is through the underground grotto, where the elementals of earth, air, fire and water are joined by the legendary giant Typhoeus, who tried to overpower the Greed gods but was vanquished by Zeus and placed under a volcano, where he became the source of fire.

Trapped within the Labyrinth

In Ever decreasing circle ;-)

6 Comments CherryPie on Feb 15th 2011

6 Responses to “Leeds Castle – Maze”

  1. Steve Hayes says:

    I’d love to know what the theory was!

  2. So long since I’ve been in or on a maze. Time to head for Saffron Walden and get both sorts!

  3. Janice says:

    So what happens if you can’t make it out or to the center – does one just call out for help? Think I’d be a touch claustrophobic…

    • CherryPie says:

      There is a member of staff nearby in shouting distance. He came in and helped some people who had got totally stuck. One in the centre you can’t get lost on the way out, it is one way only :-)