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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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  • Lulled into a false sense of security by the gradual climb up, it was a bit of a shock to find the peak was very steep. But was it worth all the grunting and groaning? Oh yes! Beautiful views and so q...  read more »
  • Visited here on a gorgeously warm day. Plenty of routes to choose from with spectacular views across the South downs. The main chalk path isn't too difficult but not suitable for the disabled. Also, t...  read more »
  • Spur of the moment walk round Cissbury Ring. On our doorstep but have never been before. Will definitely be going again. Shame about lack of space in the car park though. 
  • Beginning of June, warm day. We took a walk from Chanctonbury ring, quite pleasant I have to say, just to arrive at the base of the hill. Once on top, the view is rewarding (as it is the whole experience of being outdoors, far from the sophisticated city life) but there is nothing, no sign of trenches, walls or anything that might suggest that humans lived there thousands of years ago. The mind was put to rest, the walk challenged the body and if you let your fantasy running wild, you might imagine some sort of layout for the fort that once stood there...
  • Very good went on a school trip and it is a nise and lovly you can see millions of mils.
  • Fav place on the downs,just wish to pro dog walkers would get lost
  • I had never visited Cissbury Ring before. I had driven down the A24 a thousand and one times. I had been a member of the National Trust on and off for many years but this was the first time I had actually visited. It is the largest hill fort in Sussex, the second largest in England and one of the largest in Britain and Europe overall, covering some 60 acres. The earthworks that form the fortifications of Cissbury Ring were built around the beginning of the Middle Iron-Age possibly around 250 BC. The site has a history of over 5000 years. I hate to write the words but I didn't feel any connection with the location upon arrival. I can't easily explain why, perhaps it was the burnt out car dumped 1/2 a mile up the access road. So despite me not being a fan of Cissbury Ring I am sure some of you will love it. I certainly don't expect people to judge a location just from my words, please go and explore yourself. It is what life is all about. On a sunny day, avoiding rubbish dumped by humans I am sure Cissbury has its own beauty and magic.
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