Adventure 5 – Day 2 – The Rings hike
Ford Explorer planned a hike.
September 30, 2020
Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring are two of the best-preserved Iron Age hillforts in the country. This route takes you to both, via glorious countryside.
With 10.2 miles (16.4 km) of distance and 1,100 feet (330 m) of elevation gain, this intermediate hike packs a lot of interest into a few hours.
From Alfriston, it is a 40-minute drive to Storrington Rise car park, where the Tour begins. You start with a steep climb to Cissbury Ring, where breathtaking views over Brighton, the chalk cliffs of the coast and the Isle of Wight await.
Covering an area of 65 acres, Cissbury Ring is the largest hillfort in Sussex and is more than 5,000 years-old. During spring and autumn you can see a wide variety of migratory birds on the summit, as it is one of the first and last coastal landing points.
You then head north along the Monarch’s Way national trail to Steyning Round Hill. On this site, artefacts and human remains from the Bronze Age through to Roman and Anglo Saxon times have been found. You are afforded sublime views from the summit, too.
From Steyning Round Hill, join the South Downs Way and follow it all the way to the next ring: Chanctonbury, a late Bronze or early Iron Age hillfort that boasts sublime views over the South Downs.
You then loop back through picturesque rolling countryside. If you fancy a little extension, try a detour into the sleepy village of Findon, where you find tearooms, pubs and shops.