Maze from Without

This maze was designed in 1980 by John Scofield and planted with 1500 Leyland Cypress trees donated by NICHOLAS SAUNDERS.  The first tree was planted by Anna Vaughan, the youngest child in the Traquair school.  In 1982 after an extremely severe frost two thirds of the Leyland Cypress died and were replanted with Beech.

The maze consists of four subcentres which must be visited in turn before reaching the middle – a distance of a quarter of a mile from the entrance.  To leave quickly a shorter route may be used.  On Easter Sunday an Easter Egg hunt for  younger children is held here.

We were lucky enough to have the maze all to ourselves when we took the challenge.  You can see a picture of  the FOOLS EXIT (the short route) here.

Maze Map





12 Comments CherryPie on Mar 20th 2014

12 Responses to “Traquair – The Maze”

  1. Sean Jeating says:

    Amaz(e)ing. Almost labyrinthing, even. : )

  2. Claude says:

    Nice challenge. But I would panic. I’m claustrophobic. I wouldn’t breathe trapped in a maze. Specially with high walls.

    • CherryPie says:

      You can never be trapped in a Maze. You just need to choose left or right and keep turning in that direction. Eventually you will find your way out of the Maze.

      However… Leeds castle have created a two tier Maze where that theory doesn’t quite work…

  3. ....peter:) says:

    This is a wonderful presentation of the Maze Cherie… i don’t think that i would try it… i would spend most of my time sitting on one of the stumps… until someone came to find me :-)

  4. Ginnie says:

    Oh, my, Cherry. I suddenly pictured this being used at night on Halloween for a Haunted Maze party! :D

  5. Steve Hayes says:

    I could see the long route, but couldn’t find the short one!

  6. J_on_tour says:

    Looks like I may need more than a day to cover Traquair :-)