Chanctonbury Ring

Chanctonbury Ring

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Recommended by 78 out of 78 hikers


  • Dan Hobson

    Chanctonbury Ring is a late Bronze or early Iron Age hillfort that boasts sublime views over the South Downs countryside. The ring, which is well-known for its prominent beech trees, is hailed as a place where the supernatural happens. According to legend, if you run backwards around the ring six times on a midsummer's night you can summon the devil. There have been UFO sightings on the hill, too.

    • April 9, 2019

  • Rosalind

    Beautiful far reaching views. Some inclines are slippy in the wet

    • October 13, 2018

  • Liz Seabrook

    One of the most stunning views along the downs, look out one way to the sea with the Isle of Wight still just in view and looking all the way over to the Kent hills in the other direction.

    Apparently famed for UFO sightings. Cannot confirm unfortunately.

    • July 21, 2020

  • Zsuzsi🐯

    Lovely views, really nice, relaxing atmosphere all the way. You can get lost in your thoughts and in the views.

    • October 10, 2020

  • Tessa Rowland

    If you've got a picnic, eat it here! Literally the best view from the top of the South Downs. Utterly beautiful.

    • November 23, 2020

  • Robin CB

    A historic location with superb views

    • March 6, 2021

  • Valeria

    An enchanting place rich in history and folklore dating back to the late bronze age, then rediscovered by the Romans who built two temples in the ring. The trees were only added in the 18th Century. According to a popular legend if you walk anti-clockwise around the ring seven times the devil will appear and offer a bowl of soup in exchange of your soul. If you walk it three times only, a lady on a white horse will appear instead. Others say you can summon Julius Caesar by counting all trees in the ring. Plenty of spooky options.
    Spectacular views 365 degrees.

    • May 12, 2021

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Location: West Sussex, England, United Kingdom


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