St Catherine's Mizmaze

Winchester, United Kingdom

One of eight historic turf labyrinths remaining in England. St Catherine's mizmaze was built, possibly in the 17th century, on the edge of an Iron Age rampart and near the site of a Norman chapel destroyed in 1537.

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Founded: Possibly 17th century
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Amar Tailor (6 months ago)
The top was magical, looks like somewhere elves would live.
Robb D (7 months ago)
Just a warning.. it looks very different when you're up there,. Completely forgot the route i took up and took me a minute to find my bearings. all in all a great little excursion!
Mark R (8 months ago)
Fantastic hike
Thiru kazhal (8 months ago)
It is good hangout spot on a weekend. Need to climb roughly 300 steps but it is not steep and can be climbed with ease. We get a good view of the city of Winchester. If one can find a good spot to sit then easily we can relax for couple of hours. Parking is available and it is well connected by local bus transportation as well. Overall a must visit place on a weekend provided weather is good.
D P (9 months ago)
Great place to bring the family to relax, exercise and have a picnic. Parking was free and no problem. Walks clearly laid out.
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