The Hilton Maze: More Questions Than Answers

The Hilton Maze: More Questions Than Answers

At first sight it is similar to any other English turf maze. But the labyrinth at Hilton, in Cambridgeshire, has one or two unusual features. Not only do we know the exact date on which it was cut, but that date is in the 17th century, rather than the more usual...

Being Amazed by the Saffron Walden Maze

Being Amazed by the Saffron Walden Maze

Last week I wrote about my fascination with old walls. Now I’m turning to another of my obsessions: medieval turf mazes. I’ve been on a quest to visit all of the eight remaining English turf mazes, and I’ve managed to tick three off the list in the last month. The...

Walking Through Newcastle on The Hadrian’s Wall Path

Walking Through Newcastle on The Hadrian’s Wall Path

If you’re walking the Hadrian’s Wall Path, you might be tempted to skip the first few miles, the part that goes through the city of Newcastle upon Tyne. After all, apart from the Roman fort of Segedunum, at the start of the trail, there is no Wall to be seen until you...

History and Archaeology at Vindolanda Roman Fort

History and Archaeology at Vindolanda Roman Fort

Older even than nearby Hadrian’s Wall, Vindolanda Roman Fort is the most important Roman site in Britain. It has been a source of inspiration to historians and archaeologists for centuries, and has been a fruitful source of artefacts and information about Roman...

Discovering History on the Ledbury Heritage Trail

Discovering History on the Ledbury Heritage Trail

From the top of the High Street I could see the old coaching inn on the left and the wooden Market House on the right. In between were dozens of centuries’ old buildings. I was following the Ledbury HeritageTrail, a half mile walk through the historic town centre, and...

Learning About Cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery

Learning About Cheese at the Wensleydale Creamery

I had often wondered how there could be so many types of cheese. Over 700 varieties in Britain alone, and hundreds more across the world – what makes them all unique? So I decided to visit the Wensleydale Creamery, at Hawes in the Yorkshire Dales, to find out more...

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