Cissbury Ring is located on the South Downs just to the north of Worthing. It’s the largest hill fort in Sussex, and the second largest in England. The original fortifications date from the Iron Age, and even long before that it was an important site for flint mining. The ditches and banks form a raised perimeter wall, with steps making it an easy climb and a lovely walk along the top. From the summit you can enjoy wonderful views all the way along the coast, and on a clear day you can even see as far as the Isle of Wight!
The easiest way to visit Cissbury Ring by car is to approach through Findon village, and the car park is signposted from the A24. There is a free car park at the bottom of the hill with a steep climb, or you can continue up a narrow road to a second free car park at the top which is just a few minutes walk from the ring. This is our preferred option when visiting with young children, but the car park is small and can get very busy so it’s best to arrive early, especially at the weekend or on a nice day. Findon Village itself is also well served by local buses. The ground around the ring is quite uneven so unfortunately it’s not really suitable for pushchairs or wheelchairs.
Our children really enjoy climbing up to walk along the walls. The walk around the perimeter is just over a mile, which is fairly achievable for little ones. If you have discovered Geocaching (link to http://geocaching.co.uk/ ) there is an easy Geocache to find on the top, and we’ve found this to be a great way to motivate small children to keep going! The South Downs Way also passes by here so you can extend your walk for a little way. It’s also a great area for spotting wildlife, and in particular it is one of the best sites in Sussex for seeing butterflies – see details of the Cissbury Ring Butterfly Walk (link to http://www.nationaltrust.org.uk/cissbury-ring/visitor-information/article-1356405488542/).
Cissbury Ring is a lovely spot for a family walk, to enjoy a picnic with some fantastic views, play hide and seek in the wooded areas at the top or fly a kite in the open areas.