Cissbury Ring, Findon

#3 of 9 in Historic Sites in Arun District
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. There is concern that the site is being irreversibly damaged "by illicit use of metal detectors", police say.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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  • Great views, lovely place to walk dogs theres horses and cattle grazing. Ideallic countryside steeped in history.  more »
  • Stopped here on a cycle loop round the South Downs. Cissbury Ring is a lovely Iron Age hill fort to look around; definitely worth exploring. The clouds lifted whilst I was there, thus opening up the v...  more »
  • As it was a clear day we thought we take a last minute trip up to the Cissbury Ring before a bracing late afternoon walk at Goring Gap. The sky was clear and no one about, just the place to take in so...  more »
  • Great scenery.It is possible to access park with certain mobility scooters. There are no public toilets. It is ok to take dogs but need to be on leads near ponies.
  • Great place to walk. Nice example of an iron age fort too.
  • Lovely place to go for a casual stroll and great views....A lot of dog walkers.
  • 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.
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