Where to find mysterious mazes

Now here’s a challenge for all the family. Who will be first to find their way to the middle of one of these mazes, and more importantly, will they be able to find their way out again? Prepare to lose your way among laurel bushes or to be puzzled in a rhododendron forest. Here are the best, most baffling mazes at the places we look after.

Children playing in the garden at Basildon Park, Berkshire

Basildon Park, Berkshire 

The mini maze at Basildon Park was made by staff especially for youngsters. So after exploring the house, which starred in ITV's Downton Abbey, head outside to the gardens.

Children in the maze at Belton House, Lincolnshire

Belton House, Lincolnshire 

The maze at Belton House was laid in 1890, but later removed. Hedges were planted to recreate the garden puzzle in 2000, and it's now a source of entertainment for the whole family.

Visitors in the garden at Cliveden, Buckinghamshire

Cliveden, Buckinghamshire 

Cliveden's maze is made from more than 1,000 two-metre-high yew trees, creating 500m of winding paths. It’s a great challenge for all the family.

Visitors exploring the tree hut at the centre of Nelly's Labyrinth, Cragside, Northumberland

Cragside, Northumberland 

Nelly's Labyrinth at Cragside, Northumberland, is a hit with young visitors. The maze, which is named after a reputed witch, is made up of secret paths running through a rhododendron forest.

Looking down onto the cherry laurel maze at Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall

Glendurgan Garden, Cornwall 

The cherry laurel maze at Glendurgan Garden has been entertaining families for more than 175 years. Who will win your family’s race to the middle?

View of Lyveden New Bield, Northamptonshire with rosehips in the foreground

Lyveden New Bield, Northants 

Visit the National Trust’s Lyveden New Bield in Northamptonshire and the kids can play around the pattern of a labyrinth that once stood there.

Children playing outside at Speke Hall, Garden and Estate, Merseyside

Speke Hall, Merseyside 

Visit Speke Hall in Merseyside and lose yourself in its mysterious maze. Designed by world's leading maze designer, Adrian Fisher, it has five bridges, 12 gates and a tower.