Archaeology – Walks

Join our archaeologist and historian James Sainsbury for the second year of walks in our beautiful local countryside – with stunning views guaranteed (weather depending!).

James will be bringing along archaeological items from the museum collections that will be available for handling on the walks.

The walks are graded by difficulty – some involve more climbing than others! If you have pre-existing medical conditions that make long walks difficult please talk to James about viability.

It is advisable to bring water and a lunch to the walks. Dogs are welcome on a lead! For more information and booking details email:

Cissbury Ring (moderate difficulty)
Saturday 2nd June | 11am – 1:30pm
Explore the 6000 year history of Worthing’s highest hill, and the country’s second largest hill fort. From Neolithic flint mining to Iron Age ramparts and WWII defences, Cissbury is one of the real jewels in Worthing’s crown.
Directions Meeting at 11am in the Storrington Rise/Long Meadow car park. The post code for this car park is BN14 0HT.

Chanctonbury (moderate difficulty)
Saturday 16th June | 11am – 3pm
Perhaps the most famous Sussex landmark, Chanctonbury Ring has fascinated locals and tourists alike for centuries. We will explore the rich archaeological landscape at the site, including cross-ridge dykes, burial mounds and of course the Ring itself, which contains not one but two Roman temples!
Directions Meeting at 11am in the Nepcote car park just north of Cissbury Ring. The post code for this car park is BN14 0SQ.

Burpham (hard difficulty)
Saturday 30th June | 11am – 3pm
The small village of Burpham has a long and fascinating history stretching back to the early Bronze Age. We will explore the Anglo-Saxon fortifications alongside the beautiful early Norman church, before heading off onto the Downs where we will see a real palimpsest of archaeological remains.
Directions Meeting at 11am in the car park adjacent to The George Inn and the village cricket field. The post code for this car park is BN18 9RR

Highdown Hill (easy difficulty)
Saturday 7th July | 11am – 1pm
Highdown Hill dominates the coastal plain, with views from the Isle of Wight to the Seven Sisters. People have been drawn to this eminence since the Stone Age, with archaeological finds from all eras discovered at the site. Perhaps the most famous are the remains of over 200 Anglo-Saxon settlers, who were buried with rich grave goods – some of which will be brought along for handling. This is a shorter walk with a moderate climb to the top of the hill.
Directions Meeting at 11am in the car park adjacent to Highdown Towers. The post code for this car park is BN12 6PF

Clapham & Church Hill (moderate difficulty)
Saturday 28th July | 11am – 3pm
Clapham contains one of the last truly ancient woodlands in the area which hides a plethora of undisturbed archaeological remains. We will explore the woods before heading along the ridgeline to Church Hill, the site of a 6500 year old flint-mining complex.
Directions Meeting at 11am in Clapham Church car park. The post code for this car park is BN13 3XP

Arundel Park (hard difficulty)
Saturday 11th August | 11am – 3pm
On the final walk in the series we will traverse the rolling hills of Arundel Park. Created in the early Norman period by the Earls of Arundel, the lack of inhabitants and agriculture means that the Park is rich in archaeological remains, including an important later Iron Age-Roman transition settlement. We will also visit the enigmatic “War Dyke”, from where we can see the whole Arun Valley and the ever-present Highdown Hill along the coast. This walk will involve some steep ascents and descents throughout.
Directions Meeting for 11am at the entrance to Swanbourne Lake (just outside the tea rooms) The post code for Swanbourne Lake is BN18 9PB



£5/person, pre-booking essential
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