The Saffron Walden maze is the largest of the eight historic turf labyrinths still in existence in England. Although probably created in the Middle Ages for religious purposes, the maze has more recently been used for games and festivities.


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Founded: Probably medieval
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Michelle Lawson (11 months ago)
The staff were so welcoming. The food is freshly cooked and so delicious.
Michelle Rowe (11 months ago)
What a little gem! Food was lovely, staff really friendly and attentive! Nice, relaxed atmosphere for a Saturday lunch catch up! Will definitely be returning!
Stefanie F (13 months ago)
Popped in here for a bite to eat for dinner with a friend. It was really really good. We both loved it. Staff friendly and welcoming. Food was delicious. Atmosphere was lovely and it was only a wednesday. Great place to eat.
Kasia Slonka (13 months ago)
Hello. I visited the restaurant on Friday. It was my first time. Even though i dont live in Safron Walden, i would like to visit the this place again. Very lovely and caring staff. And the food was super delicious, each bite. Love, Kasia.
Mike Lee (13 months ago)
Thank you Alison. A wonderful evening for our large group, you and the team looked after us so well. Your recommendations made for a superb and memorable meal. The lamb was particularly good.
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Monte d'Accoddi

Monte d"Accoddi is a Neolithic archaeological site in northern Sardinia, located in the territory of Sassari. The site consists of a massive raised stone platform thought to have been an altar. It was constructed by the Ozieri culture or earlier, with the oldest parts dated to around 4,000–3,650 BC.

The site was discovered in 1954 in a field owned by the Segni family. No chambers or entrances to the mound have been found, leading to the presumption it was an altar, a temple or a step pyramid. It may have also served an observational function, as its square plan is coordinated with the cardinal points of the compass.

The initial Ozieri structure was abandoned or destroyed around 3000 BC, with traces of fire found in the archeological evidence. Around 2800 BC the remains of the original structure were completely covered with a layered mixture of earth and stone, and large blocks of limestone were then applied to establish a second platform, truncated by a step pyramid (36 m × 29 m, about 10 m in height), accessible by means of a second ramp, 42 m long, built over the older one. This second temple resembles contemporary Mesopotamian ziggurats, and is attributed to the Abealzu-Filigosa culture.

Archeological excavations from the chalcolithic Abealzu-Filigosa layers indicate the Monte d"Accoddi was used for animal sacrifice, with the remains of sheep, cattle, and swine recovered in near equal proportions. It is among the earliest known sacrificial sites in Western Europe.

The site appears to have been abandoned again around 1800 BC, at the onset of the Nuragic age.

The monument was partially reconstructed during the 1980s. It is open to the public and accessible by the old route of SS131 highway, near the hamlet of Ottava. It is 14,9 km from Sassari and 45 km from Alghero. There is no public transportation to the site. The opening times vary throughout the year.