Name:Chanctonbury Ring [Chanctonbury Hill]
Hill number:2916
Height:240m / 787ft
SMC/RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:West Sussex
Topographical area:ES07 Leith-botley
Catchment:Adur, Catchment Boundaries
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
Grid ref:TQ 13867 12041
Summit feature:no feature: Western edge of ring
Col:24m  TQ103247  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 198
(1:25k) OL10 121
Observations:1.5m higher than trig point at TQ 13430 12060; ground in centre of ring at TQ 13934 12067 may be as high
Survey:Leica Runner 20
Survey of Chanctonbury Hill.doc
Comments:old GR was trig on Chanctonbury Hill
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4.5km ring from north car park. Warm dayAntonyEllaFin22/06/2024
Along South Downs Way from Wiston Estate car park, over Chanctonbury Hill to Chanctonbury Ring. Weather overcast so views not so good, but lovely walk. Decided the summit is in the centre of the trees!Cumbriancyclist26/04/2024
Walk w/Devon. Parked High Street Steyning car park. Steep Down, Cissbury Ring, Chanctonbury Hill Trig, Chanctonbury Ring loop.ZacField25/02/2024
Solo. Parked for free at the Wiston Estate Car Park on the South Downs Way just off the southbound A24. Did a clockwise 10 mile circular walk taking in the Ring first, then going to Cissbury Ring via the Monarch's Way LDP. Cold and overcast. mostly dry underfoot - some mud on the last stretch back from Cissbury Ring. Delightful ponies on Cissbury Ring, but tried to eat my kit and me! But harmless. Encountered some larger but well-mannered horses on the final stretch.gbeniston17/01/2024
On day four South Downs Waynickywood130/09/2023
Reached on day Three of walking the South Downs way.WAYNE ROWLETT27/05/2023
On south downs wayemily27/03/2023
Botolphs to Washington [Revisit]Smudge24/02/2023
Day 4 on the South Downs Way.fosal2917/11/2022
From car park to the W, just off the A24, followed SDW initially, branching off to the trig point and along to the Ring. Fine beech coppice inside the Ring.richard6906/10/2022
On foot from car park to W during a cycle tour from Pulborough. Warm, overcast and windy. Rounsfell18/06/2022
On Day 5 of the SDW and a marvellous spot for a picnic.milimana14/06/2022
From carpark round in a big circleRowanP04/06/2022
Walked from Steyning to Findon on South Downs Way. Summit somewhere in the trees.Buteobuteo22/03/2022
Parked up just off Washington Bostal and walked up, a decent sized car park and chalk underfoot to the summit - also a lot smoother than the walk from the signposted Chanctonbury Ring car park! Few others around and clear views right across the Downs to the sea and the wind turbines clealy visible.jamiequackers22/12/2021
From Chanctonbury Road car parkprwild25/10/2021
Circular walk with Anne and Matt from the Frankland Arms in Washington. 2 hrsCXB15/10/2021
Started at small car park on A24 grid reference 122 120. Easy track up walking with the experienced Peter Bowles on his second trip. We missed the trig point near the dew pond being renovated. We walk round the ring then found the trig on the way back hidden in some gorse.alanderry196318/09/2021
From the car park at 146124 along bridle way to west then bridleway directly to summit. Did a circuit of the ring, along to trig, then down bridleway towards North Farm, then Pest House, up bridelway along NW side of forest to meet South Downs way path on ridge. Straight over and down bridletrack directly back to car. Pleasant 6 mile circuit, easy walking.JulieB10/09/2021
From free car park near Great Barn Farm. West along bridleway then steeply up heading south east directly to summit on another bridleway. KeithByTheC10/09/2021
Parked at tiny car park. Very strange smell around the bottom that lingered for a while. Up paths. Quite crowded. Went to main top in trees and along to trig pointketzster31/03/2021
Parked in small cp at TQ122120, accessed off the southbound lane of the A24. Steady uphill walk along wide path, but beware of reckless mountain bikers descending far too quickly. At first fork, take left fork then continue to gate. An interesting dewpond is on the left, from where the trig point can be seen one hundred meters further on after passing through gate. The trig at GR 134120 is 238m, 2m lower than the high point 500m further on on the ring. Return by reverse route.Dartmoorman18/10/2020
Had a great night bivvying out. Great starry sky, not much wind and really mild. On the move westward again at 4.30, and one my very best ever days hiking, right past Petersfield.Alex C21/09/2020
During South Downs Way East - Westtwg2719/09/2020
SDW Amberley to Bramberjedthehumanoid14/09/2020
Detour from SDWlerritt21/08/2020
10 mile walk picking up two Humps.atreides788719/07/2020
3.3 mile circular from Chanctonbury Ring picnic are and car park, up good track through woods onto ridge then followed South Downs Way, walked around the ring itself then visited trig pillar, descended on path between trig and summit and followed path back to car park. Quite a few people about on this windy/sunny day with great views; you could easily see the folly on Leith Hill. Last hill of the day, earlier bagged Wilmington Hill, Mount Caburn, Cliffe Hill and Wolstonbury Hill.DanTrig05/07/2020
With: hb; Walk from Kithurst Hill car park including several ascents of scarp slope to Chanctonbury Ring, then returned by South Downs Way.Ian Baines20/05/2020
Quite a cool day. Parked in Washington and went up the steep path from Locks Farm. Came down the less steep, Wiston Bostal route, back via Owlscroft Barn. All on marked public footpaths.sconnolly0117/05/2020
Bagged this one with my wife as part of 10 mile circular route from Washington. We think there may be a higher point inside the ring of trees at TQ 13924 12067psburgess15/05/2020
Parked in car park at bottom of hill, took the steep route through woods! Would recommend the less steep round route, great views at top and nice spot in woods for picnic out of rain.Hippy7718/02/2020
From the car park to the N via the Wiston Bostal track. visited the HP & the trig, returned via the bridleway past Owlscroft Barn. Overcast & low cloud.DanMaisieBex05/01/2020
1/6 Marilyn day along the South Downs. A very pleasant walk up the Down from the car park to the west. Also visited the Trig. 5km in just over an hour. (S)silveracorn_alan27/10/2019
From Chanctonbury Ring car park via bridleway between ring and trig point.deknyff15/09/2019
From car park. Took bridleway to the right and wandered about a mile before path forked. Took the left fork which meandered up hill and came out in between ring and trig.Longwojo02/08/2019
Circular walk from Cissbury Ring car park to Cissbury Ring and Chanctonbury hill tops and trigs. Lovely afternoon walk with Heather. Beautiful view of Chanctonbury Hill top when approached from Cissbury Ring.mazz12/05/2019
With Val. From car park to the west. Good weather. An easy walk.mike.hoult19/03/2019
As others - from car park to north.Crib Goch15/03/2019
From carpark by Great Barn Farm, where you start with a fine view of Chantonbury Ring, walk south and follow track which is not a public right of way to join BW and mount east flank of the hill. This is the better way up as slippery exposed chalk makes for a perilous decent. Early on look about for the beech tree standing on a quarry edge with vast amount of exposed roots. Join the South Downs Way running west along the top of the scarp, rising to gain an even finer view of the ring. Take care to ask the guardians politely for permission to enter the ring as this is a renown spooky place with all sorts of goings on. The high point lies within and less interesting than the edge where the remaining mature trees still grow. It is worth heading on to the trig point where all round views are gained, including another of the ring. Decend by the BW in between, and complete your clockwise circuit by the rather sticky path in the lower woods. A nice 5Km walk, today enjoyed with Tiarnán.Pete West09/03/2019
From parking near Great Barn Farm. Along the muddy track to the West then steeply up through wood, over bwf and on to summit. Also visited trig and descended by path to the East of it.NormanW14/02/2019
A Christmas Day walk. Parked in car park by Great Barn Farm. Followed the track in to the woods then onto the bridleway to the South Downs Way. Only one car in the car park when we arrived however whilst we were out lots of other people appeared ; no doubt walking off some Xmas excess. Good views out to the wind farm and the downs.Buck25/12/2018
OS mapped car park at TQ 120119 does not exist and nowhere else suitable to park at W end, so drove around to N side to park near Great Barn Farm, TQ 145123 - the entrance to the car park here 'cuts back' acutely and is difficult to see until one comes back down the lane. Then RoWs W, SE, then South Downs Way.Isbjorn07/11/2018
Walked up from Findon. Very nice hill with views of N and S Downs and new Wind Farm out to sea. The centre of the Ring seemed higher to me than the w. edge.IanHHill01/10/2018
With Ann. From carpark to north, then bridleway west & up through woods on to South Downs Way. Sunny with good views. Easy ascent. With Mike on 19/03/2019Val Deisler13/09/2018
From NE. Short steep ascent, longer and safer route downTopographer5707/08/2018
From Wellington car park along South Downs Way with elizyanne. did ring and the centre feels higher ish.GmacT09/07/2018
Lovely walk up. Walked round the ring of trees but the centre seemed higher.elizyanne09/07/2018