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Multi-periodSite Name: City Of Troy
Country: England County: Yorkshire (North) Type: Turf Maze
Nearest Town: Easingwold  Nearest Village: Dalby
Map Ref: SE6252871886  Landranger Map Number: 100
Latitude: 54.139017N  Longitude: 1.044414W
Condition:
5Perfect
4Almost Perfect
3Reasonable but with some damage
2Ruined but still recognisable as an ancient site
1Pretty much destroyed, possibly visible as crop marks
0No data.
-1Completely destroyed
4 Ambience:
5Superb
4Good
3Ordinary
2Not Good
1Awful
0No data.
4 Access:
5Can be driven to, probably with disabled access
4Short walk on a footpath
3Requiring a bit more of a walk
2A long walk
1In the middle of nowhere, a nightmare to find
0No data.
5 Accuracy:
5co-ordinates taken by GPS or official recorded co-ordinates
4co-ordinates scaled from a detailed map
3co-ordinates scaled from a bad map
2co-ordinates of the nearest village
1co-ordinates of the nearest town
0no data
5

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City Of Troy
City Of Troy submitted by kelpie : This is the only turf maze in North Yorkshire. It conforms to the pattern associated with Troy mazes. This example is quite small and well looked after. SE 62528 71886 (Vote or comment on this photo)
Turf Maze in Yorkshire (North Riding)

Known as 'City of Troy', this is situated beside the road, on top of the Howardian Hills, approximately 13 miles north of York, between the villages of Brandsby and Dalby. Sometimes called the Skewsby maze because of its proximity to that village, it is approached by following the B1363 out of Brandsby as far as the crossroads. Turn right (signposted Dalby and Terrington) then sharp left. Continue for a mile or so, past a small wood on your right and you will see the maze surrounded by a low white wooden railing. The maze is 26 by 22 feet, of 'classical' design and maintained in excellent condition. It is the smallest turf maze in Europe.
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City Of Troy
City Of Troy submitted by rldixon : The information Plaque at city of troy there is a proper information board too but it was covered in dirt and needs a good clean ....anyone going plz take some soap and water lol would be worth a pic when clean (1 comment - Vote or comment on this photo)

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City Of Troy submitted by Antonine : Photo taken in 2011 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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City Of Troy submitted by Antonine (Vote or comment on this photo)

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City Of Troy submitted by Antonine : Plaque, 2011 (Vote or comment on this photo)

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City Of Troy submitted by Antonine : Photo taken in 2011

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City Of Troy submitted by Antonine

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City Of Troy submitted by Antonine

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City Of Troy submitted by rldixon : city of troy 17-03-2010

City Of Troy
City Of Troy submitted by rldixon : City of troy turf maze taken 17th march 2010 i think this will be a lot nicer when the suns out

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Re: City Of Troy by Anonymous on Sunday, 14 May 2017
Definitely a labyrinth, with one way in and one way out... http://www.diffen.com/difference/Labyrinth_vs_Maze

I hope this is helpful,
Ken.
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Re: City Of Troy by Anonymous on Sunday, 03 January 2016
This is fantastic information I live in Australia and one day i would like to visit a Troy maze.
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Video of City Of Troy Maze by Anonymous on Thursday, 20 August 2015
I made a little video here - my friend Peter Mudge is an national expert on turf mazes. https://youtu.be/UHLjTzfEzPg

Peter measures and walks the Turf Maze in the Howardian Hills North Yorkshire. This is one of only 8 ancient unicursal Turf Maze constructions in the United Kingdom. Peter walks the maze with his friends, and gives his own hypothesis on the origins and purpose of the mazes, which include a symbolic trip to Jerusalem.
See also: http://www.mudge.screaming.net/MazeIndex.htm

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    Re: Video of City Of Troy Maze by Anonymous on Saturday, 26 August 2017

    Two Questions:

    1. Should Peter and friends be walking over an ancient site? If every tourist visiting this site did this there would be nothing to see!.

    2. Is Peters way of measuring the maze accurate and scientific ?
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      Re: Video of City Of Troy Maze by Runemage on Saturday, 26 August 2017
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      To answer your questions anon.
      1) Yes, anyone can and should walk the maze, it's an interesting experience. In common with many ancient places, (although its antiquity isn't determined) it's not exactly overrun with tourists, it's very easy to miss and drive by, even when you're looking for it. I've been many times and only once encountered someone else there. Also, it's very well maintained by the owner.

      2) Hardly, it's an amateur video made for that group's own record of their visit. It's not meant to be an accurate scientific appraisal of the site, nor was that ever suggested.
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Re: City Of Troy by holger_rix on Saturday, 20 March 2010
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Re: City Of Troy by Anonymous on Monday, 16 June 2008
I cycle past this maze a few times a year and always get off my bike and skip round it... you know ... for luck. :^)

Ricki
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Re: City Of Troy by Anonymous on Tuesday, 14 March 2006
My sister and I just went to this turf labyrinth today (3/13/06). This was our 2nd attempt to find it and the directions from this site made the difference. The formerly white rail fence is now just plain wood and there is a public walkways sign/pointer near the Wooded area that says "City of Troy Maze" pointing toward it. It is a small labyrinth and was a bit muddy today. Yet, fabulous to see. It was my sister's 1st exposure to a labyrinth. She lives in the UK/York area and may take other visitors there. I return to America for explorations of those labyrinths. Thanks for the directions.
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Re: City Of Troy by RingPaw on Saturday, 05 November 2005
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Strange, & very good, to see this wierd little site again. I used to cycle past it occasionally when I lived in York, & had lost its exact location - doesn't appear on my landranger map. I find this whole area, between York and the North York Moors, is full of these interesting little corners; off the tourist trail, and all the more compelling for this reason. Anyone know the age & provenance of this maze?
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Re: City Of Troy by Anonymous on Wednesday, 17 August 2005
Note this is a great little maze. I would give ambience a score of 4 not 1. The view over surrounding countryside is great. There is a nice bench for a picnic right next to maze. Top Spot A+++
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    Re: City Of Troy by kelpie on Wednesday, 17 August 2005
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    Ambience is a very personal matter, as this is within inches of a road and cars buzz up and down it frequently it spoils the ambience for me. I would stick with my original score but I see someone has already changed it. :(
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    Re: City Of Troy by Anonymous on Wednesday, 17 August 2005
    What was your original score, Kelpie?
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