Walk: 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 – explore this wonderful Welsh peak with a five-mile circular walk

The summit of Sugar Loaf mountain, Mynydd Pen y Fal, in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons national park, Wales at sunrise.

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.

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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.

Mountain peak
Pinched at its crest, this iconic peak is visible from miles around ©Getty
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.

Map

Click on the map below for an interactive version of the route.

Sugar Loaf mountain, monmouthshire map

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