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Adventure 5 – Day 2 – The Rings hike

Adventure 5 – Day 2 – The Rings hike

10.2 mi
2.2 mph
1,100 ft
1,100 ft
Intermediate Hiking Tour. Good fitness required. Mostly accessible paths. Sure-footedness required. The starting point of the Tour is right next to a parking lot.

Tour Overview

Storrington Rise CP

0.88 mi

Cissbury Ring

Hiking Highlight

3.45 mi

Steyning Round Hill

Hiking Highlight

5.81 mi

Chanctonbury Ring

Hiking Highlight

10.2 mi

Storrington Rise CP




Tour Profile


Mountain Hiking Path: 2.15 mi
Hiking Path: 1.05 mi
Path: 3.68 mi
Footpath: 3.21 mi
Street: < 109 yd
Road: 146 yd


Unpaved: 9.09 mi
Asphalt: 374 yd
Unknown: 0.89 mi

Weather Forecast

Ford Weekend Adventures planned a hike.

October 8, 2020


  • Ford Weekend Adventures

    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.

    • October 8, 2020

Ford Weekend Adventures

Adventure 5 – Day 2 – The Rings hike