Winchester Mizmaze on St. Catherine’s Hill

Sharon Lathan

Sharon Lathan is the best-selling author of The Darcy Saga, a ten-volume sequel series to Jane Austen’s Pride & Prejudice.

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Jake F

I tolled the labyrinth at the top of St Catherine’s Hill this morning with my 9 year old son. We had lunch in the city, then headed back to our car, parked in the layby at the twyford motorway junction 2 hours later.

Heading back I felt a feeling quite unlike anything else I have felt on my 48 years alive. I was floating and couldn’t feel or hear my foot touching the ground, ( we were both on push scooters). It was a bit like a serious flu, except not weak or nauseous with it, in fact it felt amazing. No alcohol was had at lunch. I wondered if the particular circling motion of walking the labyrinth might do something in the brain. So Googled it when I got home, hence coming here. Perhaps there is a power in these ancient labyrinths that humans have long forgotten? Otherwise, why would they have gone to all the effort of digging the things back in times where human effort was not routinely wasted? Perhaps it was a dodgy steak in Whetherspoons in Winch?

I’ve no answers, but perhaps anyone else who feels extremely odd after they walked the maze on st Catherine’s Hill will see this and comment. Ps, this morning, I didn’t even know what it was, we just discovered it on our walk and it made sense ( to us) to follow it all the way to its centre. Next time I’m going to follow it all the way back out again, as this morning we were getting hungry so walked straight back out over the grass. Perhaps you need to follow it both ways for the full effect!

Heidi Longfield

Winchester had in times past a bishop, the holder in John’s reign Peter Dee Roaches. John got himself excommunicated trying to interfere with the appointment of the archbishop of Canterbury. The Pope appointed Stephen Langton. Who had a great deal to do with the drafting of Magna Carta which John was forced to sign at Runnymead. He also is the one who decided the books of the Bible into chapters. That we know today


This is definitely the most complex of the three featured here. The climb up to it would tire me out so I might just stand and admire the maze from a distance! Judging by how fast my lawn grows I can imagine how much time it takes to keep them so pristine.

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