Steyning and Chanctonbury

MODERATE 5 reviews
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Steyning and Chanctonbury is a 13.4 kilometer 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.

Distance: 13.4 km Elevation Gain: 388 m Route Type: Loop



bird watching



wild flowers


historic site

pub walk

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.

2 months ago

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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