Friends of Dalby Forest

Volunteering in the Great Yorkshire Forest

The Dry Stone Wall Maze

The world’s largest dry stone wall maze is being built in our forest!

The Friends of Dalby Forest are assisting in the development of the Dry Stone Wall Maze that is being built in the forest, helping to prepare the site as well as assisting Mark Ellis in practical tasks such as sorting the stone. But YOU can get involved with this exciting and monumental landmark too.

Here’s how you can get involved

  1. Follow progress on our website, our Facebook group or on Twitter.justgiving
  2. Donate to the project and leave a message of support via our JustGiving site. You can even boost your donation by opting to gift aid.
  3. Text your donation. Simply text MAZE00 £10 to 70070
  4. Buy a stone which will be carved for you with the initials of your choice – perhaps as a unique wedding gift, a gift for relatives living faraway or perhaps a stone in memory of a special person.
  5. Become a volunteer with the FoDF. You will get your own hands-on opportunity to help with the maze construction via some of our monthly work tasks – that will definitely be something to tell the grandchildren!
  6. Make your own mark! We have organised stone carving workshops led by local sculptor Jennifer Tetlow where you and your family will carve your initials onto a stone at a dedicated workshop which will then be built into the maze for posterity. You will also be invited back to see it once it has been built into place.
  7. There will also be an opportunity later on to buy one of the Special Features like gates, stiles and smout holes (especially suited to business donors). If you are specifically interested in this option, please email:


Some A-Maze-ing Facts 

  • It will take 2 dry stone wallers 3 years to build the maze
  • The maze will be 80 metres x 80 metres
  • Maze walls will be 2 metres high and 1m wide at the base
  • 4032 tonnes of stone will be used
  • The full length of stone wall will measure 1610 metres
  • The concept of the maze was dreamed up by dry stone waller Mark Ellis who will now see his ideas made real as he is the one building the maze!
  • The maze will have a wide range of features found in Yorkshire field walls and gardens, like stone step stiles, squeeze stiles, smout holes, kissing gates, phantom gates and moon gates,


More links


Mark Ellis’s website

Gazette and Herald:

Our donation page

BBC coverage:

Yorkshire post:


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