Farmer gets lost in his own maize maze


A farmer was forced to cut his way out of his own crop maze that he had set up as a tourist attraction after losing his bearings.

Every summer visitors try to make their way around the novel maze until it is harvested in the autumn

Paul Barkes, 47, was mowing the paths through his five acre "maize maze" when he reached a dead end and realised he was lost.

After failing to trace his route back he ran out of time and had to mow straight over his beloved corn crop. Mr Barkes decided to cut and run because he had to take his daughter to a party.

He said the experience had convinced him the Chicken Run maze at Thorpe Farm Country Park and Falconry Centre, situated on the edge of the Yorkshire Dales, was too difficult.

The farmer said: "I knew roughly where I was but I'd agreed to take my daughter to a party and I was running out of time to find my way out.

"I was in a bit of a panic that she would miss the event so I was forced to cut myself another exit.

"I'd already had feedback suggesting the maze was tricky to negotiate before I became lost myself.

"Next year, I think I will make it a bit easier."

Every summer visitors try to make their way around Mr Barkes's novel maze until he harvests it in the autumn, when it can be over 10 feet high.

Models of birds of prey are also hidden around the maze for children to find, who then post details of which raptors they have found in a box to be entered for a prize draw.

Mr Barkes, a former pig farmer, started the family-oriented farm centre near Barnard Castle in County Durham in 2001 because he thought the market for pork was declining.

He decided to diversify even more rapidly when the foot and mouth epidemic severely affected his trade by preventing him moving his 5,500 animals.

The complex, built around an 18th century Georgian farmhouse, is now one of the main tourist attractions in the area.

Besides the maze it boasts a farm shop and bistro, a butchers, a falconry centre which is home to dozens of birds of prey - including an eagle with an eight foot wingspan - and an "Aladdin's cave" antiques centre.

Fits nicely with the 11 million can't read maps thread! :D
I'm just amaized that he got lost in his own maze
He 'oat' to know better than to go in alone.

:oops: One coat go!
Wheat a load of nonsense...apparently when he went missing they feared he was the victim of a cereal killer.

I didn't have a coat so if I could just take this feed sack and a bit of baler twine? Thanks awfully.
At least the fellow knew when to bale out ..........
Right that's enough...sileage is golden after all...
Stop it with the puns, my sides are acre-ing! I don't want to hectare you but the combined harvest of this thread is not exactly filled with humus.

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