The Dry Stone Wall Maze is a partnership project between Mark Ellis, who conceived the idea, Friends of Dalby Forest and the Forestry commission. The Maze sits at the heart of Dalby Forest (North Yorkshire, UK). Built by Mark Ellis and other local dry stone wallers, the maze will measure 80 x 80 metres, with walls 2m high and 1m wide at the base. The maze has been aligned with the sunrise on the Summer Solstice. Special stone features traditionally found in field and garden walls across the North Yorkshire Moors and Dales will be incorporated within the walls of the maze, to help or hinder the visitor on their journey to the goal. These will include features such as stone step stiles, squeeze stiles, smout holes, kissing gates, phantom gates and moon gates: a showcase of the waller’s craft.
The Inner Circle of the maze (the goal) is now complete, and foundations set in place for the second of four circular walls.
You can be part of this enormous and exciting project!
- You can buy a stone with yourinitials carved into it, or those of friends or family: for a birthday, wedding or anniversary gift, or to remember someone special. Your purchase supports the construction of the maze.
- Alternatively, donations of all sizes are welcome.
If you want to become more involved and learn how to carve your own initials into a stone, we are holding workshops in 2017, tutored by sculptor Charles Smith. See stone initial carving workshop details below.
Once built, you can take up the challenge of finding the centre. Try and explore the many intriguing paths, features, nooks and crannies and see if you can locate your initials.