The Sugar Loaf from near Abergavenny (short ascent)

This Monmouthshire walk offers a short and direct ascent of the Sugar Loaf, which lies a few miles west of Abergavenny. The route is generally easy to follow and should be saved for a fine day as the views from the summit are excellent in fine weather.

Technical sheet
No. 293060
A Llanfoist Fawr walk posted on 04/07/16 by Walking Britain. Update : 19/09/16
Calculated time Calculated time: 1h15[?]
Distance Distance : 1.55mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 768ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 0ft
Highest point Highest point : 1890ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 1122ft
Easy Difficulty : Easy
Back to starting point Back to starting point : No
Walking Walking
Area Area : Brecon Beacons
Location Location : Llanfoist Fawr
Starting point Starting point : N 51.84437° / W 3.06313°
Arrival Arrival : N 51.86273° / W 3.05793°
Download : -


(D)The start is the small car park at the viewing point (Grid ref. SO268167) reached by a narrow lane from the A40 a few miles west of Abergavenny. After parking take the clear wide path from the northern side of the parking area that leads north-west. This path takes you past a wall corner from where you get your first view of the main objective of the walk. Trending away from the wall, continue in a north-westerly direction ignoring paths that descend to your right to pick up a double path that leads in a large sweep to the summit of the Sugar Loaf.

(1)During the approach to the Sugar Loaf it does look like a loaf, however despite appearances, the summit is a minor ridge with a fairly steep drop to the north and if you have children then some care is needed. The view amply compensates for the effort climbing the hill. There is a 360 degree panorama across the River Usk to the south and into the heart of the Brecon Beacons to the northwest. After enjoying the view and exercise all that remains is to trace your steps back to the start.(A)

Waypoints :
D : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - Viewing point car park
1 : mi 1.49 - alt. mi 1.49 - Sugar Loaf
A : mi 1.55 - alt. mi 1.55 - Viewing point car park

Useful Information

The Sugar Loaf dominates the northern aspect of the town of Abergavenny, which rises to 596 metres above sea level. The summit provides excellent panoramas across the south-eastern section of the Brecon Beacons National Park, so you are advised to choose a clear day to do this walk. The ascent and return should take no longer than a couple of hours and would be an ideal route for an evening walk just before sunset.

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Opinions and comments


Global average : 4.67/5
Number of opinions : 1
Description quality : 5/5
Routemap quality : 5/5
Walk interest : 4/5

on Mon 04 Jun 2018 09:22:40 CEST

Global average : 4.67 / 5

Date of walk : 03/06/18
Description quality : Very good
Routemap quality : Very good
Walk interest : Good

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