A journey through the rhododendron labyrinth

Very early on Easter Sunday we visited the Labyrinth at Beacon Hill Country Park in Leicestershire.  At this time of day it was completely empty and we were able to listen to the birdsong all around us.  We also took a video, so that you could travel into the centre of the rhododendron tunnels with us, from wherever you are in the world.

The carvings in the Labyrinth are created at this woodwork hut in the centre of the forest, by a chainsaw-carver-in-residence…

… and the surrounding woodland is dotted with these beautiful wood sculptures.

If you’re watching with children, see if they can spot the crocodile, the teapot, the bridge, a bird flying past and the hidden den in the centre of the labyrinth with little wooden benches.

-Time for home-




    1. Thank Eddy – and funny you should say that – we played the Crystal Maze theme whilst our children did their Easter egg hunt this year πŸ˜€ (they’re bringing it back to TV this year)

  1. Goodness! Except for the walkway,parts of it looked like you might be walking in Mirkwood. Totally cool!

      1. Quite an adventure! What a cool read aloud. Especially since you live so close to Mirkwood. Watch out for giant spiders!

    1. πŸ™‚ It’s brilliant fun. We’re off to a place on the Welsh borders called PuzzleWood in the summer, where a lot of the Star Wars forest scenes were filmed, which should look even more otherworldly πŸ™‚

  2. I used to live very close to Beacon Hill and loved to walk up there to blow away the cobwebs. Happy memories! Good to see they have embraced the rhododendrons in some way – I know they had to clear quite a few as they had been taking over.

    1. Oh my photos of Beacon, Outwoods and Bradgate must look very familiar to you! We live nearby too πŸ™‚ You’re right about the rhododendrons, they were taking over the place entirely when I was little, much more sunlight gets through to the forest floor now they have cut them back πŸ™‚

  3. I enjoyed seeing the rhododendrons. I think it’s a bit creepy and spooky in there, but very cool. Here, in Oregon, USA, our rhodies are just in full bloom (Mid May), and although we do have some huge ones in the area, I’ve never seen an entire forest of them.

    1. Really glad you enjoyed the post … I was just reading your article on the tulip fields, they look stunning! There’s nothing like that near here, and I always associated tulip farms with Holland, and had no idea they had them in Oregon πŸ™‚

Leave a Reply