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Name:Chanctonbury Ring [Chanctonbury Hill]
Hill number:2916
Height:240m / 787ft
RHB Section:42: South-East England & the Isle of Wight
County/UA:West Sussex (CoU)
Catchment:Adur, Catchment Boundaries
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (200-299m), Clem
(Ma,Hu,Tu,2,Cm)
Grid ref:TQ 13867 12041
Summit feature:no feature: Western edge of ring
Drop:217m
Col:23m  TQ099248  
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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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 318 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
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 laneIsbjorn07/11/2018
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
From carpark to north, then bridleway west & up through woods on to South Downs Way. Sunny with good views. Easy ascent. With AnnVal 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
Visited on the first day of our holiday in Sussex along with Sarah.Bernard10/04/2018
With K from West in mist. AtmosphericAshley09/03/2018
Lovely walk up from the car park to N. Mist on top. Went on to the trig.dal05/03/2018
4/11 From Wellington car park along South Downs Way and back. Walked straight past it 35 years ago when doing SDW!SS09/02/2018
11/11M last hill of the day in the dark from cp near great barn farm.robertphillips05/11/2017
GMnIdris28/09/2017
Short stroll from Washington car park.lenman15/08/2017
from CP to NE and up steep path in woods following wire fence line. Prudently descended via ridge and bridleway as no chance of staying on feet back the same way. great views.KC29/07/2017
With Bevsimon and co12/07/2017
A pleasant evening stroll from the SDW car park at Washington. Nice views, nice sheep, nice wild flowers. Not clear where the summit is, but I wandered round all the highest looking bits just to make sure.Gill04/07/2017
From car park to W, followed South Downs Way to trig, then to W edge of ring and high ground in the centre.Tony J29/05/2017
From car park to NE, very steep ascent, came back down easier track that looked like it was used by MTBs. HP in middle of ring. Also went to trig point.PeterD11/05/2017
From car park to the north east. Short track then very steep slope straight up to ridgeline then along to the fort ring. Zigzagged to find a high point. Lovely summit 6/8 Marilyn todayN.Morters13/04/2017
With Heidi & Marci. 15 miles between Amberley & Lancing stations on a glorious March day: Kirhurst, Chanctonbury, Cissbury, Steep Down. Great route the whole way.Mark Jackson25/03/2017
Took a slight detour from a nearby geocache series to find a nearby trigpoint on the top on Chanctonbury Hill. We approached from the west end of the footpath.JamesA6017/02/2017
Started from Chanctonbury car park & picnic site (TQ 14589 12479)as summit nearby kept trainers on which I subsequently regretted on very steep chalky stone, muddy ascent covered in wet Autumn leaves. Visited summit on SW corner of iron age fort rampart then on to trig point 500m west. Returned to summit and decided to walk round northern rampart in case higher point found. Soon became obvious was lower and in fact ground to right within fort was higher, possibly higher than obviously man made (but ancient rampart)so headed in to fog for that and found high ground in middle of large clump of brambles (TQ 13941 12073) apparently it is the same height. Spookily heard sound of metal clanging which I jokingly passed off to myself as an echo from the past but subsequently heard mention of other strange goings on.SteveSmith18/12/2016
From just outside the height-barriered car park to the west. Route and write-up at: http://gayleybird.blogspot.co.uk/2016/11/chanctonbury-ring-ditchling-beacon-and.htmlGayle04/11/2016
Parked in the little car park at the foot of the scarp. Followed a bridle way going west through the woods to find a footpath climbing steeply through the trees. Came out between the trig point and Chactonbury Ring. Visited both. No ghosts around.ajd5820/10/2016
Part of 4 Trig walkWestlandWessex29/08/2016
Date estejjohnstone01/08/2016
Walk from Steyning to Washington.PsyCrow13/07/2016
Lovely tumulus on toptallblond30/05/2016
Fourth Marilyn of the day. I'd first done this one by motorbike back in the early 80's, camping at the top. A lovely spot to revisit.Cas-gwent04/04/2016
5/5 last of five on the mainland and the island....(Bembridge Down/Brading Down/Ashey Down/Arreton Down/Chanctonbury Ring)Fergalh03/04/2016
A trek along farm tracks.mike.hartley18/09/2015
J and OMartin6601/09/2015
As Peterb. From the car park on the slip road by the A24, following the South Downs Way. An easy stroll visiting the Dew Pond and the trig point before going to the summit and wandering around for a while.Newton Maximus30/08/2015
From the car park to NE. Very steep path through trees.Minto12/08/2015
With: hb; From SDW CP at TQ121120 down to Washington then up to Chanctonbury Ring & across to Steyning. Pub for lunch then up to Pepperscombe & back down South Round Hill then up to Pepperscombe & back to Chanctonbury & car.Ian Baines13/06/2015
With: hb; From CP at TQ069124 via The Chantry to Kithurst Hill then Barnsfarm Hill down to Washington & up to Chanctonbury Ring. Then back along South Downs Way.Ian Baines06/06/2015
South Downs Waywindridge06/05/2015
From the car park at TQ 145 124. Also visited the highest ground within the Ring to make sure.summitsup17/04/2015
From the car park on the slip road by the A24, I followed the South Downs Way up. An easy stroll visiting the Dew Pond and the trig point before going to the summit and wandering around there for a while.Peterb19/03/2015
From parking spot near to A24. Pleasant walk up and back. Operated ham radio for SOTA from summit.G4OBK (Phil)11/02/2015
From carpark 2km E. Carpark unsigned, up a lane. Alternative bridleway more pleasant than S Downs Way.jimbloomer09/01/2015
Circuit from CP at Great Barn Farmtim74715/11/2014