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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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GPS data:show GPS entries for this hill

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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 317 users)ByDate of Ascent
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
. CreakingHiker15/11/2014
Visited point on outside of ring as well as centre for good measurePeteF28/08/2014
Parked near the pub at Washington (music festival in progress)and followed paths across fields and up through woods to the top. Headed west via the trig point to pick up the path north back to the village. Camped in the site just north of the village which was expensive but we appreciated the quiet after the previous night.mindlessflogger24/08/2014
One of many visits with many different companions. Overall view is make a good walk of it, include Cissbury Ring which is a superb hill-fort summit. Good running terrain, too, I've added ascents by going via Botolphs and Findon. Such routes around 10 miles of fast going.pwheeler23/08/2014
Along tracks from carpark to the W.AndrewFinnimore19/07/2014
Solo. From Washington bus stop. Along path to join South Downs Way. Took short cut marked on map. Went to trig point that used to be top of Marilyn. Went to western end of Chanctonbury Ring (now the Marilyn top). Walked through Ring visiting other high points within Ring although did not think they were higher than western edge. Returned by path that slopes diagonally down the northern slopes.pwbellarby02/03/2014
With Gill, whilst walking the South Downs Way.ADT15/08/2013
Blisco13/07/2013
Parked to NE at Gt Farm w Jenx.ade mistake of going east and muddy lane. When cut up for on traverse path to nowhere. Better go south on lane and straight up (way came down). Lovely top and trig. Gorgeous weather.nordicstar06/07/2013
Estimated date - with wife and her work colleagues on a section of South-Downs walk.JOHNS03/07/2013
just a big patch of nettles on topTeasyChris03/06/2013
Top looks to be inside ring?Bramley04/04/2013
Part of the South Downs WayTheWicken18/03/2013
With Gill - walk from Home via Gallops Farm and Buddington Bottom. Weather sunny with good visibilityMarkAvis17/02/2013
In clear weather.bolton17/01/2013
Car park NE of Chanctonbury Hill (Off A283) Up the Wiston Bostal (Track) to join the South Downs Way Chanctonbury Ring (The summit) Trig point Reverse. (PM)gerrybowes17/01/2013
One of the hills on the Three Forts Marathon, a cold, wet sunday in May???mickdavidson06/05/2012
Respiratory exercise from Great Barn Farm.Eddie04/04/2012
With Kate on a lovely afternoon with fine views. From 120118 just below car park walked up track to top of down and to ring. Visually, highest point seemed clearly near centre of ring, not W edge.dbb03/03/2012
an undulating open area, nothing remarkable about the area.JohnStoneham26/02/2012
Went up to trig pillar during 9.5 mile walk from Amberley to Chanctonbury Ring then back to Washington. With Owen, Matt and Winnie. Previously went to Chanctonbury Ring with Lou and Winnie in 2011 but didn't go to trig pillar.Biffin22/01/2012
Hazy sun, mild, breeze, good views. Centre and all round ring, in case.iangalbraith09/11/2011
Visited while walking the south downs wayrhalstead08/08/2011
Pleasant stroll from the car park at 121 122 via a dew pond and trig point. Walked anticlockwise round ring and can't believe that the highest point isn't within it, not on it. I suggest TQ 13926 12080 or very close to this.signyred09/05/2011
With: hb; Circular walk from CP below Cissbury. N to Chanctonbury Ring then SD Way E to Steyning Round Hill then S to meet Monarch's Way & up Cissbury Ring from Canada Bottom. Descent via Bump's Tree.Ian Baines01/05/2011
From near Wiston Park, up through woods to South Downs Way. Large ring of trees on hill. Continued to trigpoint.Aye Jimmy02/11/2010
Both topsOwen B21/08/2010
South Downs Challengepapagenos17/07/2010
4/8 from washington - up and downgigglejon30/05/2010
Climbed on a rail trip from London.marktrengove30/06/2009
Solo.Dangerous Dave18/06/2009
Walked up from car park to the NE and then along the South Downs Way to the earthworks with K & MHerbert Anchovy06/06/2009
DittoChimp06/06/2009
Crossed this as part of a 4-day bike ride from Weston-Super-Mare to Eastbourne on the Wessex WayChris Derrick03/06/2009
Loop up over Cissbury ring onto Chanctonbury and back.robphys23/05/2009
Cissbury, Chanctonbury and Washington circuitHumpty Tumpty03/05/2009
Part of the South Downs Way cycle ride from Eastbourne to Winchester, October 2008.Falcor01/10/2008
walk/bike from the westRhayader_wander10/09/2008
didn't know that Chactonbry ring had been promoted but it looked a higher area so I went over to investigate anywayvegibagger05/08/2008
petey26/03/2008
Late afternoon ascent from the west after nearby orienteering event. Visited the ring after the trig point as it looked more interesting. Later found it was the highest point.JohnW23/03/2008
Circular 22km walk as part of Trailwalker 08 training.jester6926/02/2008
With Shaky on a sunny winter's day from the car park to W next to A24. A longer walk involving the Monarch's way. Revisited on SDW hike.NotReallyABagger09/02/2008
5th of 6 marilyns. Raining in trees but clear with no sign of rain on summit but raining in trees again on descent. Walked around fort and inside barbed wire to inspect nettles, thistles,briar and summit trig + western edge of ring.Dugswell216/08/2007
Brilliant views and the nearby Chanctonbury Hill Fort to look at. Warm windy day.bigdady19/05/2007
Note the date - despite full body cover and hat - on the edge of hypothermia running the Steyning Stinger full marathon in driving rain and strong wind. L came 23rd in 4hrs 09, me 45th in 4hrs 32. Weather like being up north on the proper fells. Passed this summit on the route.Chris Pearson04/03/2007
Ancient monument looks higer but stuck the GPS on it and it was the same/slightly lower.destaylor05/02/2007
Last of a five top day with Noddy the dog.Overthehilljill11/11/2006
Trig revisit. The Ring itself (= Marilyn summit) unpleasantly overgrown.RHW29/07/2006
The nearby ancient moat looks higher to me but with the temperature at 36 degrees and no shade, I wasn't in the mood to hang around too long - visited both.Father Ted18/07/2006
6 day walk - South Downs Way Start/finish: Eastbourne/Winchester Distance covered: 100 miles Weather: Generally good Camp: Bivi 4 nights BWillowisp25/06/2006
Lovely spot, bagged as part of the South Downs way, heading east.DanHolme09/02/2005
Went back 24/04/13. Used Wiston Bostal Track. Went to point identified by the survey but the centre of the ring looked slightly higher.chrisbien17/07/2004
With M&J whilst doing stages of South Downs Way.RT197013/03/2004
Parked at the carpark to the west of the hill. The trig point appeared to be the summit - but the trees on a bit further looked higher - so a round trip and a thoroughly nice afternoon was had up here.chinnock04/05/2003
From the car park on the A24 up to the trig point - you can see the clump of trees and the ring to the east. We went all around the ring. Nice views of the South - and a weekend at WorthingChinnockC04/05/2003
Galltywenallt15/07/2001
Whilst walking the South Downs Wayphilhythe23/05/2000
Parked at Great Barn Farm using Wiston Bostal Track . Walked round the fort and onto the trig. Descended via Owlscroft Barn.garyhoney20/02/2000
Great views in every directionBazz01/01/2000
Date uncertain. South Downs Way Charity FundraiserPete West04/09/1999
Date is first visit. Notes from later...lovely hill & view, easy walk on good path. S Downs Way from car pk @ 121120 RHW20/06/1999
Longish walk on SDW to ring. Walked all round rings as well as visiting column. Extensive views.arranc12/10/1998
A morning run from Wiston House, a steady climb and a quick decent.rrtremayne23/09/1998
With: hb sb ab; Walked up here with Helen and the boys from the CP just off A24.Ian Baines08/06/1997
a wet and wild day from findon ,soaked throughsteven ruffles01/02/1996
After work secondment to Hastings and on return to Sheffield. Combined Harvester in corn field on a collision course with me on the fpath. I speeded up.Chris Pearson08/08/1993
With: lw; Les and I were dropped off at Devil's Dyke and we cycled along the South Downs way back to Arundel then home.Ian Baines16/08/1992
On South Downs Way - atmospheric in mistprwild02/12/1989
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