Discovering the history and nature of Cissbury Ring

Walking trail

Walk along an ancient road and see where flint mining provided tools for our Neolithic ancestors. Seek out the varied wildlife of this important chalk downland site and enjoy the panoramic views from this massive Iron Age hill fort.

View of Cissbury Ring from the other side of Findon Valley

Map

Cissbury Ring history and nature trail map

Start:

Storrington Rise car park, Findon Valley, grid ref: TQ129076

1

Leave the car park at the south-east corner and take the left-hand path where the track splits. Walk straight up the hill and look for a gap in the trees.

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Cissbury history and nature trail starting point

2

Go through the gap in the trees turning right past a bench and when you come out of the woods turn left and walk uphill by the edge of the field until you come to a kissing gate in the corner.

Woodland path entrance

3

Go through the kissing gate and continue climbing on another grassy path just to the right of the trees up ahead until you reach the fence at the foot of Cissbury Ring.

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Artist's impression of chalk ramparts and palisade during Iron Age

4

Go through the kissing gate near the bench and turn right onto the lower of the two embankments.

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5

Walk round the fort towards the south taking in the views as you go.

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6

When you reach a gravel footpath crossing your track in front of a wooded area turn left and go through the gap in the inner embankment. This is the southern entrance to Cissbury.

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The purple blue of a spiky round headed rampion flower on a chalk grassland hillside, a Sussex speciality that is abundant in July

7

Take the grassy uphill path which goes diagonally to the right across the hill fort and continue walking uphill until you reach the triangulation point.

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8

Turn right at the triangulation point and walk down towards the eastern entrance to Cissbury Ring, that is the obvious gap in the earthworks.

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9

Climb the steps on your left and continue along the upper embankment until you get to a lone tree and a bench where you can sit and admire the views.

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10

Continue following the path around the north-east side of Cissbury Ring until you arrive at the steps at the south-west corner just above the kissing gate you came through earlier to access the hill fort.

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Artist's impression of flint mining at Cissbury Ring

11

Go down the steps, back through the kissing gate, and follow the route back down to the car park.

End:

Storrington Rise car park, Findon Valley, grid ref: TQ129076

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Discovering the history and nature of Cissbury Ring

Terrain

The route is over chalk grassland, chalk and flint paths and Iron Age hill fort embankments. There are some short moderately-steep sections and the walk includes some steps. Some areas may be slippery when wet so footwear with a good tread is recommended. 
 

Discovering the history and nature of Cissbury Ring

Contact us

Telephone: 01273 857712

email:saddlescombe@nationaltrust.org.uk

Discovering the history and nature of Cissbury Ring

How to get here

Address
Storrington Rise car park, Findon Valley, BN14 0HT
By train

Worthing is the nearest town, 3 miles from Cissbury Ring. After leaving the station walk in an easterly direction to Broadwater Road, cross the bridge over the railway, and take a bus (see 'by bus' section).

By road

Take the A24 north out of Worthing and turn right at the parking sign for 'Cissbury Ring' off on the right 1.3 miles from the roundabout with the A27.

By foot

2 miles from the South Downs Way which has paths leading to the Ring.

By bus

Stagecoach Service no.1 runs from the centre of Worthing to Midhurst. 
Metrobus service no.23 runs from the centre of Worthing to Horsham and Crawley.
Both services use the A24 through Findon Valley. Get off at the May Tree Avenue bus stop, walk along May Tree Avenue and turn into Storrington Rise. The car park is where the road bends to the right.
 

Discovering the history and nature of Cissbury Ring

Facilities and access

  • There are no facilities on site.
  • The nearest public toilets are at the south end of the Findon Valley shopping parade, next to the public library.
  • There are cafés (not National Trust) in the Findon Valley shopping parade just over half a mile to the south. There is also a café at the Wyevale garden centre half a mile to the north on the other side of the A24, and Findon Village.
  • No cycling is permitted on the hill fort.
  • Dogs must be kept on a lead.