Chanctonbury Ring Walk

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13.5 km
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387 m
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Chanctonbury Ring Walk

The Chanctonbury Ring Walk takes you along a stunning path with gorgeous views of the coast. You will also be able to learn about the legends of Chanctonbury Ring and indulge in a break for a pint at the pub in Washington Village. Be prepared for some steep climbing and navigation of stiles, gates and kissing gates along the way.

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Route Description for Chanctonbury Ring Walk

The Chanctonbury Ring Walk is a beautiful stroll that boasts views of the coast. Beginning at the Steyning Centre, follow the path and navigate several kissing gates. You will arrive at the South Downs Way, and you should pause a moment to take in the views of the coast here. Continuing on, you will come across the Chanctonbury Ring hilltop. This is a great place to have a picnic; however, as legend has it, the Devil offers people a bowl of soup in return for their soul, so if you are superstitious, possibly avoid soup!

As you continue through more gates, you will come across The Franklin Arms in Washington, where you can stop for refreshments. Continue on, where you will again pass through multiple stiles and gates, and you will arrive at the large slopes of the South Downs Ridge. Continue along the path until you reach the Steyning Centre, where you began.

Getting to the Chanctonbury Ring Walk Trailhead

To get to the Chanctonbury Ring walk from Steyning, follow High Street and Horsham Road to Steyning By-Pass/A283. Continue for 10.1 km and then drive to South Downs Way. in 3.4 km, you will arrive at your destination.

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    April - October

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