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South Downs Walk
Cissbury Ring & Chanctonbury Ring from Washington

Nat Park - South Downs

County/Area - West Sussex

Author - Donald Morton

Length - 8.3 miles / 13.4 km

Ascent - 1150 feet / 348 metres

Time - 5 hours 20 minutes

Grade - easy/mod

Start - OS grid reference TQ121120
Lat 50.89661 // Long -0.407358
Postcode RH20 4AX (approx. location only)
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Walk Route Description

Photo from the walk - Cissbury Ring & Chanctonbury Ring from Washington Photo from the walk - Cissbury Ring & Chanctonbury Ring from Washington Photo from the walk - Cissbury Ring & Chanctonbury Ring from Washington Photo from the walk - Cissbury Ring & Chanctonbury Ring from Washington Photo from the walk - Cissbury Ring & Chanctonbury Ring from Washington
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This South Downs walk as described starts at the car park just south of Washington (Grid ref TQ121120). This can be reached from TQ119 118 on the A24 going South (NOT going North) or from the Old London Road going South out of Washington. The entrance to the car park is up a track signed only as part of the South Downs Way. (There is also a car park at TQ139085 below Cissbury Ring and reached via Findon but unsigned and takes only about a dozen cars so not recommended except at very off peak times. It would also be possible to combine this walk with 1858 to give a longer route from Chanctonbury Ring to Cissbury Ring.)

Starting from the car park south of Washington, continue out of it on the South Downs Way and keep on this going uphill until reaching a T-junction where the SDW turns left. Leave the SDW by turning right and following the broad gravel track down a shoulder to a cross track where straight ahead becomes grassy. Turn left here and still continue down hill. Look out for a bridle gate on the right and go through to continue diagonally up over the paddock to a road. Cross the road and continue the same line, still up, over another paddock to a crossing track. Go over this to the track which continues straight on and soon starts going down through the extensive buildings of Gallops Farm. As you reach houses and the track becomes tarmac at the edge of Findon turn left on a restricted byway. After about 300m turn right and follow this track down and out to a road in about 600m. Turn left on the road and after a long 1km reach the junction below Cissbury Hill. There is an information board about this ancient hill fort and a gate giving access if you wish to ascend.

Otherwise the walk turns left at this point (past the small car park) and continues on a wide gravel track, more or less northerly and more or less straight, over the Monarch's Way, over a second cross junction, and ignoring any path to left or right, until it comes again to the South Downs Way. Turn left and climb up towards Chanctonbury Ring. It is possible to detour into the ring, but the South Downs Way passes just below it to the left. It soon arrives at the first junction mentioned in the walk description. Turning right with the SDW and following it down hill leads back to the car park south of Washington.

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