Sugar Loaf Mountain, Monmouthshire

In its relatively modest 596m, the summit of Sugar Loaf in the Brecon Beacons National Park encompasses much that is magical about mountains, hills and woodland, all within accessible striking distance of the south-east too, says Dan Aspel

21st March 2017
Difficulty
Easy-moderate
Distance
5 miles
Duration
2.5 hours

Rising above Abergavenny, the pinched peak is accessed by soft slopes on all sides, making for a solid and consistent workout whichever angle you approach from. However, it’s the south that offers the most interest, and if you fancied a longer day you could ascend the peak directly from town. 

Sugar Loaf, Monmouthshire
Sugar Loaf, Monmouthshire (©Getty images)

1. A sweet start

Beginning at the scenically placed car park on the peak’s southern slopes, follow the grassy path north-west.

2. Contouring paths 

Continue over a crossroad of paths, ignoring any tracks that break off to the right. After a mile, drop down into woodland. Cross the stream before contouring round the peak to a path that leads directly up its western side.

3. Welsh views 

Climbing eastwards, you’ll soon reach the trig point at summit of Sugar Loaf. The moderately stiff ascent rewards with panoramic views of Wales’ Black Mountains.

4. A gentle descent

Leave the summit via the south-westerly path, which will bend round to south-south-east and rejoin your ascent route within a couple of miles.

 

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