komoot planned a hike.
April 10, 2019
Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury Ring are two of the best-preserved Iron Age hillforts in the country. This route takes you to both, via some glorious countryside.
From the car park, it is a short but steep ascent up to Cissbury Ring. Your climbing efforts are richly rewarded with breathtaking views that stretch over Brighton, the chalk cliffs of the coast—and even to the Isle of Wight on a clear day.
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.
Follow the byway east from Cissbury Ring for around a mile (half a kilometer), then head north along Stump Bottom until Monarch’s Way, which you follow east until you reach Steyning Round Hill.
Whilst modern farming has destroyed much of the ancient burial sites atop Steyning Round Hill, artifacts and human remains from the Bronze Age, through to Roman and Anglo Saxon times have been found here. You are afforded sublime views from the summit, too.
From Steyning Round Hill, join the South Downs Way national trail 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 countryside.
From there, you loop back through the picturesque rolling landscape of the South Downs. If you fancy a little extension, try a detour into the sleepy village of Findon, where you will find tearooms, pubs and shops.
April 11, 2019