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Cissbury Ring


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 Jeff's walk in the Cissbury Ring area, around 8 miles. Views to the Isle of Wight, Brighton and even Beachey Head are possible on a clear day. The site was an area of flint mining from the late Stone Age  until the early Iron Age, the hill fort not being constructed until the middle Iron Age. Rumour has it the devil originally threw clods of earth which formed the Cissbury Ring as he tried to flood the Weald with water from the Channel. That must have been well before he was chased into the Devils Punch Bowl at Hindhead.

 

Cissbury Ring, just north of the coastal town of Worthing, is one of the jewels in the crown of the new South Downs National Park. It's the largest hill fort in Sussex and has a history dating back over 5,000 years.

Set high up on a chalk promontory, its ditch and ramparts enclose about sixty-five acres. From the top on a clear day you can see forever, with views across to the chalk cliffs beyond Brighton and as far as the Isle of Wight. Thanks to www.nationaltrust.org.uk for the above and the photo.

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