Monday, 29 September 2008

The Forbidden Corner

Advertised as ‘the strangest place in the world’ The Forbidden Corner in North Yorkshire really is one of those places you have to see and experience for yourself to really understand it. The best way I can describe the experience is that when you enter The Forbidden Corner it is like becoming Alice in Wonderland and going down the rabbit hole. You given a list of ‘things to see’ when you enter the garden full of cryptic clues such as “The snake pulsates, with light it sheds, Dare you pass, between the heads.” And sure enough as you walk around the winedy footpaths, in and out of woods, through mazes and over bridges you will come across an entrance to a cave in the shape of a snakes mouth. If you go through the cave, after seeing more unusual things such as a village of mice that are attacked by a giant cat, you will appear through a window into another part of the garden. One of the things I like about the experience is that there is no set route, you just wander from clue to clue down the various footpaths meaning if you where to visit again the experience would be completely unique again. Although it is really aimed at children it’s the sort of experience anybody of any age can enjoy, it’s a real life fantasy adventure.

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