Exploring Cissbury Ring, a Neolithic Settlement, Wild Ponies and Panoramic Views

The Cissbury Ring is a hilltop fort from the Neolithic period. A beautiful Sussex landmark in the South Downs soaked in history with plenty of hidden stories. The panoramic views are outstanding almost surreal in nature. The hike around the Cissbury Ring is one not to be missed in the South Downs.

The hike around this ring is about 2 miles / 3 km, and it opened up my eyes to some stunning, hidden history of the Neolithic times. This secluded wilderness is very peaceful, a place you can walk among wild ponies and enjoy the views. I, thoroughly recommend you spend at least half a day exploring the Cissbury Ring.


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Inside look…

  • Magnificent panoramic views

  • Amazing running trails

  • Mostly gravel / dirt / grass trails

  • Some hill climbing & step inclines

  • Wild ponies & birds

  • Gentle hills, and some steep uphill climbs

  • Scenic valley views

  • Sea views on clear days

  • Perfect for a family day out

  • Great for short or extended hiking routes

  • Some picnic benches and great picnic spots

  • No cafe onsite bring food supplies

  • No toilets onsite

  • Free lay-by parking

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Basic packing list…

  • Cash / Credit Card

  • Spare change in coins

  • Pen / Notebook (if you like to take notes)

  • Camera / Phone (great picture opportunities)

  • Layered clothing (stay away from cotton in winter)

  • Spare change of clothes (in winter & in case they get wet!)

  • Or bring waterproof jacket / trouser

  • Change of shoes (don’t want a muddy car!)

  • Sunglasses

  • Bottle of water or hydration pack (must keep hydrated)

  • Picnic / Food / Snacks

  • A day pack to carry everything (or hydration pack)

  • Bring the dog and the family too!

Address / Starting Point

Near Findon, West Sussex, BN14 0HT

Wendover Woods

Above: Just one of the many photographs I have taken.

Please Respect, Protect & Enjoy the experience. Be considerate and leave no trace in our wild areas.


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