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.
Six-mile walk to the summit of Sugar Loaf mountain in the Black Mountains.
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.
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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.