BSumC 2019: Chanctonbury Ring and Steyning Circular Walk
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This is one of the events organised as part of BIG Summer Camp 2019.
Classic rolling downland and panoramic views from the South Downs Way are guaranteed for those who join this 12 mile walk. Starting a short drive from base camp, we will ascend to the atmospheric Chanctonbury Ring, an ancient hill fort sitting atop the South Downs and offering sweeping views across the downs. We will head along the South Downs Way for a few miles before dropping into the historic and intimate market town of Steyning, where there may be time for refreshments. From there we will climb back onto the downs and join the Monarch's Way to head to the village of Findon and the promise of a potential pub stop. We then make our way back through meadows for a couple of miles to return to the cars and then to base camp.
What to bring
Water: bring at least two litres
Medicines: if you have hay fever, diabetes, minor ailments etc.
Day rucksack: typically 20-30 litres, they are comfortable to wear and allow you to use your arms freely
Boots: waterproof and breathable and designed for hiking, trainers are OK if the ground is dry and there’s little chance of rain
Socks: proper walking socks will keep your feet dry and help prevent blisters
Layered clothing: lets you quickly adapt to changes in the weather and body temperature. Go for a base layer (vest or t-shirt) and a mid layer (a micro fleece or shirt) and in cooler weather add an outer layer (a windproof jacket or thick fleece)
Trousers: ideally no jeans as they become heavy and cold in the rain, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry and on warm days shorts are OK
Waterproof jacket: essential when hiking in all but the calmest of weather, breathable fabrics are more comfortable and dry
Hat or cap: stay warm in winter and shaded in summer
Sunglasses: for any sunny day, even in winter
Sun cream: can be useful even on cloudy and winter days
Snacks: bring biscuits, energy bars, gels, bananas, chocolate or dried fruit for example and put them somewhere easy to get hold of
Lunch: bring a packed lunch unless otherwise stated
Food & drink
You will need to bring a packed lunch, snacks and plenty of water.