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Steyning and Chanctonbury is a 8.3 mile loop trail located near Steyning, West Sussex, England that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and bird watching.

Length 8.3 mi Elevation gain 1,272 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Walking Bird watching Running Views Wild flowers Wildlife Historic site Pub walk
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This walk is a ramble in the South Downs, starting from the charming town of Steyning and taking in a long stretch of the South Downs Way with amazing views all the way to the coast. Along the way there's chance to explore the legends of Chanctonbury Ring as well as visit the local pub in Washington village. It's not hard to mentally roll back the years to picture generations of travellers passing along the 100-odd miles of South Downs Way and walk in their footsteps along this route. The walk has several climbs and descents throughout, including one fairly steep and long climb from Steyning up to the South Downs ridge. Underfoot you will be walking on chalk, meaning it can be very muddy, sticky and slippery when wet, particularly on the lower level woodland path for the return leg. You will need to negotiate several gates, kissing gates, a narrow footbridge and 8 stiles (all of which have open fence surrounds or in-built dog gates making them suitable for most dogs to pass through). You will cross one chalk grassland meadow on the initial climb which may be holding a handful of Dexter cattle used for conservation grazing. One section of the South Downs Way may also have grazing sheep. The optional arm to Washington village crosses fields that may be holding sheep. Aside from these sections, the route is free of livestock. If you exclude the optional visit to Washington village, the walk can be shortened to 7.5 miles. Allow 4 hours. If you are looking for refreshments, you could stock up on supplies in Steyning to enjoy on the grass mounds of Chanctonbury Ring on the way round or, if you would prefer a pub lunch, the Frankland Arms in Washington is about half way round. Alternatively, you will be spoilt for choice with pubs, tea rooms and restaurants in Steyning at the end of the walk.

Steyning is accessed from the A283. Free parking (up to 4 hours) is available at the Steyning Centre car park. The car park is accessed from Vicarage Lane and the entrance is directly opposite St Andrew's Church, signed for Steyning Centre and Recycling Point. Approximate post code BN44 3YQ. If you are coming by bus, there are bus stops on the High Street in Steyning.

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Ellis Forer
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josh king
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Solid incline at the beginning but great views once at the top. Wind was incredibly strong.

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Christy Toms
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Claire Bradder
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Lovely walk! The weather wasn’t great today, on a clear day, the views would be amazing!! Very muddy on road alongside Wiston House, then clear. We didn’t go to Washington but still did a circular walk. Recommend!

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Tommy Martinsson
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Great walk of decent length with magnificent views from the Downs. If you're not planning on stopping at the pub in Washington you might want to consider cutting that bit of the walk out though as the village isn't as pretty as Steyning.

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derek moran
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A really good walk, aided by excellent weather and little rain during the previous week. Sections 5-6 would be rough going in the wet. The walk has a bit of everything. Tough but short gradient challenge, great views, history and delicious teas back in Steyning. Note that the car park now has a four hour maximum stay so do not delay over lunch at the Frankland Arms. ADMIN RESPONSE: Thank you for letting us know about the car park, we have updated the guide.

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Hannah Morahan
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Susan Nyfield
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Roman Humphreys
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David Slater
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Jo Sto
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David Slater
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Emily Murphy
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Emma Buffett
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Ryan Moorey
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Michael Morcos
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Jen Lomas
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Chris Bailey
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Katie Barton
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Tracey Evans
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Chris Cheeseman
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Bradley Edwards
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Chris Kelly
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