There are many routes up to my favourite walk – the car parks at Storrington Rise, Coombe Rise or Nepcote Lane – wherever I start there’s always going to be a bit of a climb involved. The effort of getting up to Cissbury Ring is always worth the effort. Once up the top I can walk in any direction, depending on the way the wind blows, and on a clear, sunny day I’m rewarded with a changing vista in every direction – across Worthing to the sea in one direction, views of Brighton and Devil’s Dyke in another and the fields and hills towards Storrington when looking north west. In the autumn it’s the ideal place for picking blackberries or sloes. The walk can be long or short depending on time and energy levels – there are footpaths leading off in every direction – Monarch’s Way or towards Steyning and Chanctonbury Ring on the South Down’s Way. Fellow walkers and cyclists are always ready with a cheery greeting. There are the pubs or Julia’s Kitchen in Findon Village for a drink and snack. On a sunny day it’s fantastic but on a dull rainy day it’s the perfect place to blow away the cobwebs and re-invigorate me after a day sitting at an office desk. The icing on the cake for me is it’s only about a mile from my front door!
We’ve teamed up with iFootpath to create a smart walking guide to lead you around the walk. Simply visit the iFootpath website to print the guide, or if you want the smart experience, get the iFootpath app (available for Android or Apple devices). The App gives you the full guide in the palm of your hand and also includes a live map so you can follow your progress along the route as you walk. Say goodbye to wrong turns!