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 Post subject: More mazes - Real this time!
PostPosted: Sat Feb 04, 2012 8:52 am 
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What with all of the topics about mazes recently I'd thought that I'd present Longleat Hedge Maze, England:
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This maze was for a long time the longest hedge maze in the world. It was designed by Greg Bright in 1975, and consists of 7 bridges and a central viewing tower. The maze covers an area of around 1.48 acres (0.6 hectares) with a total pathway length of 1.69 miles (2.72 kilometres).

When I was there several years ago the design was slightly different with only 6 bridges: now, once you have reached the centre there is a quick route to the exit; then, you had to work your own way out, and you could easily get lost again.

Anyhoo, some time ago I decided to make a Sketchup model of the maze for Google Earth:
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I was very pleased with the result. Unfortunately, I got a bit carried away in the detail of the design, and the model size was too big to upload to Google Earth :cry:

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 7:40 am 
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Thanks for this!

(I already knew about Longleat House, but the map is very nice. Longleat House is on the list. See my sig)

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 1:25 pm 
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Then what do you think about this?



Every year they make their corn field to a different maze, this is last year's

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It is only in Hungarian, but for further photos, I recommend the "Arhívum"

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
PostPosted: Mon Feb 06, 2012 2:27 pm 
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Cornfield or "maize" mazes tend to be the biggest, but they are temporary. Even then, some have bridges etc. to add to the fun. I'd love to try one out some day.

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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For the last 2 years I've made it to the Liberty Corn Maze. This was last years design:

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and the year before that:

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I've really enjoyed it both times I've gone.

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Carl I don’t think the real challenge is making it there, but rather making it back :lol:
There’s are all really cool, I was meant to go to a corn maze this fall but the plans fell through.


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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Carl I don’t think the real challenge is making it there, but rather making it back :lol:
They give you a map and there are actually 4 seperate mazes . You start at the large circle at the top. All 4 mazes start and stop there and they are color coded. The shortest is usually under a mile in total length and the longest can be over 4 miles. Each maze has 6 punch stations in it that are indicated on the map they give you. The object is to get your map punched at all the punch stations and you can't cheat as the punch outs are different shapes. Though even with a map it can be very easy to get yourself lost. My wife followed me and I got to all 24 stations and in the correct order too. My two teenage boys ran off on their own and only got to about half the punch stations and had no clue where they were half the time. What can I say... they are boys. Even following the map trying to take the shortest paths you can expect to be walking for about 2 hours. Both times I've been there its been day time but they are also open into the night and let people go in after dark with flashlights. Trust me its hard enough to know where you are when you can see everything. There are actually several corn mazes here in the Kansas City area. Last year, I don't think it was this maze but there was a news story about a couple that went into a maze with a young baby and got lost and couldn't find their way out before it got dark and they called 911.

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Carl, I'm very jealous :mrgreen: You must be near to the centre of the amazing maize maze world. How long do the mazes last? Can they be destroyed by bad weather? How easy is it to cheat?

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Awesome!

Anyone any idea how long it takes first to mowe/make such a large maze in maize?

(at least you need a huge field for this)

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Gus wrote:
How long do the mazes last?
I believe they are open to the public for about 2 months (September and October).
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Can they be destroyed by bad weather?
Typically no though you wouldn't want to go on a day that is raining or just after a rain. You'd probably end up covered in mud. Not sure they may even be closed to the public if things are too wet. But I guess a tornado could destroy one if it were in its path. Can't say that I've ever heard of that happening though.
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How easy is it to cheat?
If you are asking if you can simply walk through the corn the answer is yes. I'm sure my boys did it many times. However you are breaking some of the posted rules:

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    Only walk on the trail provided to you.
    No picking ears of corn or tearing down corn plants.
    No throwing corn ears or kernels.
    No SMOKING!
    No ALCOHOL!
    No PETS!
    No running, the ground is uneven in places and you could be injured.
    No Climbing on Bridges
Here is some other info I pulled off the Libery Corn Maze site:

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    Liberty Corn Maze ... Open until Sunday October 28th.
    Fridays 5 pm to 10 pm (last admission)
    Saturday 10 am to 10 pm (last admission)
    Sunday 10 am to 5 pm (last admission)
    This year the 1000 by 1000 ft. corn maze brings a salute to the Comets Indoor Soccer Team.

    The larger maze is divided into four smaller mazes. Total maze path mileage is 9.5 miles. The Lil’ Sprouts mini soybean maze is sponsored by Hy Vee adjoins.
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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Splinter wrote:
Anyone any idea how long it takes first to mowe/make such a large maze in maize?
I honestly have no clue. I did pull this off the the Libery Corn Maze website.
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The Liberty Corn Maze is comprised of a 50 inch wide trail cut out of a farmer's field of corn into an elaborate design. Using Global Positioning Satellite (GPS), the maze is cut with pin-point accuracy allowing an aerial viewer to see intricacies of the images and letters in the maze.
It doesn't comment on how long it takes them. It does say the trail is cut out of the farmer's field. However if I were to do this and go to the trouble of using GPS you would think you could have a planter that worked a bit like a large dot matrix printer. Have it plant corn where you want it and simply don't plant the corn in the trails. That way there is no need to cut anything.

Here are a few other corn mazes very close to me, but I haven't been through these:
http://www.shucksmaze.com/
http://www.kcpumpkinpatch.com/corn-maze/previous-mazes/

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Some yeas ago I red abut the corn field that I have posted the picture about.

They make it something like this:
- Plant corns like normal corn field.
- Wen the plants are start to grow 20-30 cm high, they go and cut out the ones they do not need
- Let the corn grow high
- open the maze for public
- after 1- 2 month (i do not remember) They close the maze
- Harvest the corn

With this method they earn more money, then simply just sell the corn, and they have fun as well.

I do not know how they make the pattern. But probably it is something like the UFO grain circles. Or they just use GPS.

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Using GPS to plan a maze would be awkward in practice. The standard accuracy of the various types of GPS are as follows:

Standard (e.g. car satnav) +/-15m
Differential GPS (uses 2 receivers) +/- 3-5m
Wide Area Augmentation (WAAS) +/- 1-3m

This last one is available in the USA. Even with this, the paths would have to be several meters apart to account for the possible position error, which I suppose help to stop people crossing between the paths, and explains some of the designs.

There is a type of GPS used for land surveys, costing several thousand $, which is accurate to a few cm.

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
PostPosted: Wed Feb 08, 2012 6:21 am 
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Gus wrote:
Unfortunately, I got a bit carried away in the detail of the design, and the model size was too big to upload to Google Earth :cry:
Tsk - you forgot to add a button on the blouse of the woman standing on the bridge, and the old train ticket that was dropped on the ground has the wrong date! Very sloppy and amateurish - where's the attention to detail??

PS. Very nice, that must have taken you some time!

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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KelvinS wrote:
PS. Very nice, that must have taken you some time!
Well, it was either that or wash the windows :wink: Actually, before I did the Sketchup model I designed it using a Quake (3D game) editor, so you could actually walk round the maze. I was so sad that I memorised the path to the centre and out again so that if I ever went back to Longleat I could impress the hell out of anybody I was with :lol:

I didn't mention this, but on the old maze the bridges had high sides and were covered in to prevent you looking out over the hedges and planning a route. You can see one of these bridges in the first picture of the post.

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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The hedge trimmers at Longleat have a great excuse for being late to work:

"Sorry I'm late, I got lost on the way in..." :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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KelvinS wrote:
The hedge trimmers at Longleat have a great excuse for being late to work:

"Sorry I'm late, I got lost on the way in..." :lol:
No! Because, like London cabbies, the workers have to pass "The Knowledge" and show that they have memorised the maze :D And like cabbies, they have to travel the routes with someone on (in) the back :shock:

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Well if they're anything like the cabbies I know in London, they probably won't trim the South side of the maze. :lol:

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Trimming the southern hedges? Isn't that something to do with Brazil? :wink:

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 Post subject: Re: More mazes - Real this time!
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Gus wrote:
Trimming the southern hedges? Isn't that something to do with Brazil? :wink:

GUS!!! :shock: :shock: :shock: :lol:

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