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Sugar Loaf

This quick walk offers a short and direct ascent of Sugar Loaf, positioned a few miles west of Abergavenny. The route is easy to follow and best hiked on fine weather days as the views from the summit are excellent.


County - Monmouthshire

National Park - Brecon Beacons

Distance - 4.8 km (3.0 miles)

Elevation Gain - 316 m (1,037 ft)

Categorised Climbs - 1 x Cat.3

Difficulty - Easy (17/100)

Time - 1 ¾ hours


Route Preview

Sugar Loaf, at 596 metres above sea level, dominates the northern views from the town of Abergavenny. The summit delivers awesome panoramas across the eastern section of the Brecon Beacons, so we advise you choose a day when the weather is clear and visibility is at a maximum. This route should take no longer than a couple of hours and would be an ideal route for an evening walk or a more casual weekend saunter.


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Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf, sometimes called The Sugar Loaf, is a mountain situated 3.2 km (2 miles) north-west of Abergavenny in Monmouthshire, Wales. It is the southernmost of the summit peaks of the Black Mountains.

Elevation: 596 m (1,955 ft)

Prominence: 413 m (1,355 ft)

Route Details


The start is the small car park at the viewing point as indicated on the map below


Once there take the clear wide path from the northern side of the parking area that leads north-westOnce there 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


Moving away from the wall, continue in a northwesterly direction ignoring paths that fall off to your right to follow a double track that leads in a large arc to the summit of the Sugar Loaf


Despite the name the summit is actually a minor ridge with a fairly steep drop to the north


The stunning views compensate for the effort climbing the hill and there are 360 degree views across the River Usk to the south and into the heart of the Brecon Beacons to the northwest


After enjoying the views take the path to the right which takes you southwest back down the hill


Stay left when the path splits into two and carry on straight ahead until you pass the wooded area on your left


When you come to a junction turn left and then right to return to the car park


Congratulations! You’ve completed this walk



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