Chanctonbury Ring in the Mist

Today I am walking to Chanctonbury Ring on the South Downs Way from the west. As I approach the famous earth work, hill fort or ring of trees, however you wish to describe it, the mist rolls in.

Chanctonbury Ring once has a Roman Temple built upon it, but it is more famous these days for the ring of beech trees that Charles Goring planted in the 18th Century. They survived until 1987 when the infamous storm brought most of them down. New saplings were planted and have grown to respectable heights now.

In the mist, the ring is eerie and mysterious and made for a rewarding walk.


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