The Saxon Maze behind the Herb Farm at Sonning Common has a wide appeal and is especially popular with families and group visits from schools or other organisations.
The beech hedge maze opened in 1991, the Year of the Maze, and was designed by maze maker Adrian Fisher. It now covers more than an acre of countryside and has more than a mile of hedging. Adrian’s original advice was that a maze be grown based on the rich style of decorative imagery of the Celtic and Saxon periods in an 8th Century illuminated manuscript. It depicts four mythical sea creatures found in the artwork of the Saxon period. Visitors are invited try to find the eye of each creature before reaching the central point from where the entire maze can be viewed.
More recently the maze was formally recognised by the Chilterns Woodlands Project, a charity dedicated to promoting and encouraging the sustainable management of small woodlands.
Admission to the Herb Farm is free and it costs £1.50 for anyone aged five years and over to enter the maze which is open throughout the summer in good weather (please check with the Herb Farm on 0118 972 4220 if in doubt).
The full illustrated history of the maze can be foud here