|The Sugar Loaf (Y Fal) - Car Park & View Point|
5km 1.5 hr 256m of ascent Open moors with good views and easy to follow paths. Easy parking
256m of ascent
Open moors with good views and easy to follow paths.
In the distance the volcano-like Sugar Loaf Mountain
DescriptionThis is the shortest and, because you miss the contrasts between the open moorland and the wooded vales of other paths, in many ways the least satisfactory route to the top of the Sugar Loaf.
1. If you are leaving Abergavenny on the A40 towards Brecon, take the first turning on the right after Nevill Hall Hospital and drive up narrow lanes taking two left turns until you cross the cattle grid. Here you take the steepest option which is the road leading to the Sugar Loaf Car Park and View Point.
Follow the broad path (N) from the car park (follow the crowds on a summer Sunday afternoon) and soon the summit will come into view.
2. As you continue, the path goes towards a stone wall on your left. When you reach the corner of the wall bear left and follow the main path until a smaller path leads off to the right. Follow this (slightly down-hill) cross another path and then soon begin ascending the steepening path and final rough, zig-zag steps to the summit.
3. Enjoy the panoramic views from the trig point: the Black Mountains to the North, the Brecon Beacons to the West, the Blorenge to the South, Skirrid (Ysgyryd) Fawr and Fach (and the Forest of Dean beyond) to the East. Return by taking the South-west path sloping down from the summit. This eventually curves round to a South-easterly direction and meets the path you ascended on.
4. To go directly back to the car park turn right here. If you miss the turn (easy to do) just take any path to the right and quite soon you will reach the road. If you come to the stone wall too soon you have not curved round enough, so follow the wall Eastwards (left) until you reach the corner and the main path to the car park.
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