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Cissbury Ring, Findon

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Cissbury Ring is a hill fort on the South Downs, in the borough of Worthing, England, and about 5km from its town centre, in the county of West Sussex. It is the largest hill fort in Sussex, the second largest in England and one of the largest in Europe overall, covering some 60 acres (24 hectares). The earthworks that form the fortifications were built around the beginning of the Middle Iron-Age possibly around 250 BC but abandoned in the period 50 BC - 50 AD.The site of the fort contains a Neolithic mine, one of the first flint mines in Britain. Around 200 shafts were dug into Cissbury hill over around 900 years of use. Shafts were up to deep with diameters at the surface. Up to eight galleries extended outwards from the bottoms of the shafts, often interconnecting with one another.StructureThe ditches and banks are the remains of a defensive wall that enclosed 65acre of land; the inner band of the wall is over a mile around. The ditches are said to be as deep as three metres and were filled with loosened chalk and covered with timber palisade. The 600 foot (184 m) hill is open to the public. From the top, one is able to see to the west Selsey, Chichester Cathedral, the Spinnaker Tower and the Isle of Wight. To the east, one is able to see Brighton, the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head. Cissbury Ring is the highest point in the borough of Worthing.
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  • Cissbury is a great place to have a walk on the South downs with amazing views and easy access, making it generally ok for all ages and fitness levels to enjoy. It's not usually that busy either so it...  more »
  • Free car park and clearly marked paths. The climb is gentle and not too uneven. The views at the top were well worth the effort.  more »
  • Beautiful ancient flint mines and hill fort. Amazing views, free to visit with free parking. Not too busy, highly recommended.  more »
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  • Beautiful and interesting location with amazing views over the local area in all directions. The New Forest ponies running wild in the top section were an added bonus.
  • Great place for picnics or just for walking. Excellent view of the south downs and surrounding areas.
  • Easy to get there but steep climb so not quite accessible for the less able. There are steps cut into hillside to help. Absolutely not wheelchair accessible.
  • Just beautiful. So lucky to live near here.
  • I can see Cissbury Ring from my bedroom window and I'm drawn to it, particularly on sunny days. The views at the top are stunning. It does get busy though.

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