Sometimes we all need a special place to go to gather our thoughts, and I have been using the same place for over ten years.

Over ten years ago, my husband and I come on holiday to Suffolk, and from there we went for a walk that took in a little town called Saffron Walden.

I’d never heard of it before, but my husband went there as a child.

We sat on a bench there and chatted…in that carefree way that you did when you didn’t have to stop a small person from running into the road…

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Benches don’t look much do they? But THAT bench has a lot of happy memories.

Over ten years later, we regularly come back in Saffron Walden, and happily taking my kids to play on the same common, and particularly to sit with them near the wonderful turf maze they have there.

I come here alone – usually to think about where and what needs to be done next in our lives – which given the complexity of the paths within the maze itself is somewhat ironic…. we just need a little space and quiet so we can find our own centres don’t we?

There is no better place to go to find my "centre" than the Saffron Walden turf maze...

It helps that the maze is located in such a beautiful town – it adds to the delicate tranquility of the place….

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They are often others around, particularly in the summer, but its size means that you can almost always find somewhere where you aren’t going to be disturbed from your thoughts.

When my children were smaller, I remember my husband taking my daughter to the maze to get her to go to sleep – walking around its old, and weathered bricks was even calming with a crying babe in arms. You really don’t know where your paths will take you as a parent, and there was a comfort of knowing that despite the tears, you would get through the maze in the end. The gentle sway as we walked soothed too….

Bricks from the Saffron Walden maze can be unbelievably evocative - perhaps its knowing they have seen so much...

Despite their simple appearances, they have been pounded by feet for hundreds of years; because of this they are strangely evocative. Imagine the sights and sounds they have seen through the ages?

Even now my kids are older, we come to the maze regularly; for quiet, for picnics, to play on the swings and slides at the bottom of the common, to run around those same bricks we used to calm our daughter – anything, but mainly to be together as a family.

Saffron Walden turf maze twists and turns

I am sure that coming here will help me guide my children through the many twists and turns that growing up with bring them.

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