The town’s most recent open-air maze was opened in August 2016 by world expert Jeff Saward to mark the beginning of the third Saffron Walden Maze Festival and, appropriately for a gateway to the town’s historic attractions, its internal layout announces that ‘Saffron Walden Amazes’.
The use of reconstituted stone paving for the walkways, dark blue slate pieces to infill the subdivisions, woven willow for the fence enclosure and external ground cover planting of pachysandra and miniature daffodils is intended to complement the natural surroundings of willow trees and the nearby duck pond.
Miniature finger labyrinths and mazes are set into the tops of pre-cast planters featuring a Greek key design and provide the opportunity of added interaction for young children as they move around the turns of the maze’s pathways. There are two entry/exit points from the adjacent public footpath, each of which link to the north-east corner where a large angular head overlooks the whole installation.
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