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Steyning, Chanctonbury and Washington Walk

Chanctonbury Ring

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

buscup of tea

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.

 

 

Walks around Steyning: Rural Retreat Walk

Rural Retreat Walk

  • 7.5  miles 4 hours. Short walk option – about 3 miles.
  • Flat with a number of stiles. Can be muddy. Some walking on country roads.
  • pub at start/finish in Ashurst. Tea room in Wiston

cup of tea

Circular country walk from the 16th century Fountain Inn in Ashurst, through meadows and farms to Wiston, where there is a popular tea room. The walk back is through more meadows and woodland with views of the Downs and Chanctonbury Ring. Walk 4 of the excellent Steyning Walks series.

The Fountain Inn was the location for the video of Paul McCartney’s festive favourite, ‘A Wonderful Christmastime’.

Walks around Steyning: River and Countryside Walk

River and Countryside Walk (PDF)

  • 6.5 miles, 3 hours
  • mostly level with some stiles
  • good choice of pubs, tea rooms and toilets in Steyning. None on route.
  • accessible by bus

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A circular walk from Steyning along the banks of the River Adur with views of Chanctonbury Ring and Lancing College, returning on the Downslink path. Walk two of the Steyning Walks series by the Steyning & District Community Partnership.

Walks around Steyning: Three Ancient Village Churches

Bramber Castle, West Sussex, England, 14 Sept. 2011 - Flickr - PhillipC
Three Ancient Village Churches (PDF)

  • 4 miles 2 hours
  • mostly level with some stiles. Muddy in winter
  • pubs and toilets in Bramber. None on route. Ice cream van often in Bramber Castle car park.
  • accessible by bus

buscup of teachurch castle

Easy circular walk, starting from Bramber near Steyning, exploring three ancient churches of the Adur Valley, including the quaint Saxon church of St Botolphs. The walk also passes the ruins of Bramber Castle (an excellent picnic spot) and the medieval St Mary’s House. If you want to visit a further churches, Coombes Church, a little further down the country road from St Botolph’s is also well worth a visit and has wall paintings dating from around 1100. Walk 1 of the excellent Steyning Walks series.