Chanctonbury & Washington Walk (Steyning & Community District Partnership, PDF)
Walking near Steyning, Chanctonbury and Washington (PDF) – South Downs National Park
- 7 miles, 3-4 hours
- steep ascent and descent, some stiles
- good choice of pubs, tea rooms and toilets in Steyning. Option to extend walk to visit pub in Washington.
- accessible by bus
Excellent walk rising from Steyning onto the South Downs to Chanctonbury Ring, an iron age hill fort 242m high (791 ft), planted with a ring of trees in 1760. The Great Storm of 1987 did its best to flatten the ring for good but it has now recovered well.
Local legend has it that Chanctonbury Ring was created by the Devil. He can apparently be summoned by running around the clump of trees seven times anti-clockwise. When he appears he will offer you a bowl of soup in exchange for your soul. Probably not the most tempting offer though it can get cold up on the ring in winter!
This is walk three of the Steyning Walks series by the Steyning & District Community Partnership.