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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 Ring is a chalk hill with 360 degree views across the South Downs, The Weald, across to Brighton & Seven Sisters and even the Isle of Wight. Very ancient history, with the remains of Neolithi...  more »
  • Went here for the first time for a dog walk. Amazing views variety of ways to get to it and routes when up there. Good for dog walking or a good walk variety of levels too. 
  • 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...  more »
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  • 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...
  • I take my disabled mother with me to just sit at Cissbury ring as the views are amazing. I also take my dog for walks there.
  • Nice place to visit. Full of ancient mystery
  • Very good went on a school trip and it is a nise and lovly you can see millions of mils.
  • Lovely walk around the remains