Good Friday Walk - The Sugar Loaf in Abergavenny just under 8 miles

  • April 18, 2014 · 11:30 AM
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A moderately difficult walk of 13 kilometres (8 miles) through fine old oak woods with superb views of Abergavenny and surrounding countryside. In places the paths are steep and narrow and extra care is needed especially when wet underfoot. 

Rough mud and stone paths, steep climbs and some rocky sections requiring care with footing. Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead as the walk passes through common land used for sheep grazing.

Information on the precise start point for this walk together

with suggested approach routes and other access information.

Start = OS Grid Ref SO268167

Start = Lat[masked] + Long [masked]

Start = Postcode NP7 7LA **

** Please note postcode only provides an approximate location.

The focus of this Monmouthshire walk is the Sugar Loaf near Abergavenny. The walk offers excellent views north into the Brecon Beacons National Park as well as other fine countryside in other dierctions.

The town of Abergavenny is dominated to the north by the distinctive outline of the Sugar Loaf which rises to 596 metres above sea level. The summit provides an excellent place from which to view the southeastern section of the Brecon Beacons National Park as well as offering an objective for a decent walk. It is worth remembering that you need to save some energy for the latter stages of the walk where there is an ascent from the valley of St Mary's Vale back to the start.

The start is the small car park at the viewing point (Grid ref. SO268167) that can be reached by a narrow lane from the A40 a few miles west of Abergavenny. 

Directions to car park:

Obviously M4 to J24, A449 then A40. At big roundabout just before Abergavenny, take A465 towards Merthyr Tydfil. After half a mile exit onto A4143 signposted to Abergavenny, take third exit at roundabout at end of slip road. Then third exit at next roundabout near Waitrose, Over the river take first exit at next roundabout. At next roundabout take first exit on A40 towards Brecon. Take next right to North Street and follow to the end. Turn left on Chapel road. Take third left to Pentre Lane (not Pentre Road!) Please note that from this point you're on a single track lane with passing places.. so be prepared to reverse if you meet something coming the other way.

Continue on Pentre lane past vineyard on right, then road climbs steeply, shortly after cattle grid road turns left - keep right as the road forks, then follow road until you get to a large Tarmac car park.

Or

M4 east to Junction 26 then onto A4042 bypassing Cwmbran and Pontypool to Abergavenny. Follow the one way system through Abergavenny town (right at Electricity Showrooms, left at lights near Esso petrol station and follow the road around past War Memorial and onto the Brecon Road). Ignore first turn right, dead end. Take next right which is Chapel Road. Continue up Chapel Road, over the crossroads and up a steep lane which has a dead end sign on it. Look for yellow house with white posts (colours might have changed!!). Turn left here to pass a farm. Follow road around to the right and continue up lane, ignore right turn and continue to find parking space on left. Small car park 

Or

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.

Or

By bus: X43 service from Cardiff to Abergavenny and B4 Beacons Bus from Newport and Brecon

From the west follow the A40. Just before you reach Abergavenny, and just after the Lamb and Flag pub, turn left where the Sugarloaf Vineyards are signposted. Take the first left and follow the road up. Turn left again and the road bends sharply round to the right. Continue uphill until you come to a very sharp left turn. Follow this bend round and take the right-hand fork shortly after. Continue along this road, past some small parking areas, until you reach the main tarmac car park with stone trig point. From the east follow the A40 out of Abergavenny and turn right following the signs for Sugarloaf Vineyards. Follow instructions above.

By foot: There are several footpaths crossing over the Sugarloaf, otherwise follow minor roads as above for cars

By train: Nearest train station is Abergavenny approximately 2 miles (3.2km) away

This walk just under 8 miles and it's a nice walk with great views. There are some steep ascents and descents so would recommend decent walking boots, and poles if people have them. It's dog friendly too. there are some stiles to clamber over but they have dog gates to prevent the need for any mutt lifting!
There's also the Dragon Head inn at Llangenny which we get to 1 hour 15 mins after the start, chance for loo breaks or refreshments. From there, it's a 1 hour 30 minute to 2 hour haul up to the summit of Sugarloaf (depending on fitness levels). After enjoying the views, it's about 40 minutes back to the car park.
Even in good weather it can be really windy at the top, so bring extra layers.


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  • Claudine

    I would like to say a big thank you to Richard for finding the new route and for all the help during the walk. Thank you to all the 37 walkers plus the dog who came along and walked with me on Good Friday. Some of you I knew, many were first timers on my walk. Wish I could walk with each and everyone of you again. So sorry I did not manage to have a one to one chat with you all.

    1 · April 23, 2014

    • Claudine

      Gr8 photos and memories to keep hold of.

      1 · April 23, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks Claudine and everyone ; a fabulous walk! :-)

      1 · April 23, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks Claudine and Richard for organizing such an amazing walk! Couldn't have picked a more perfect day. And with such a lovely group of people to walk with :-)

    1 · April 19, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Lovely walk, good company and great scenery, thanks Claudine and Richard

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    It was a great trip with very nice friends. Thank you Claudine and Richard.

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Louisa

    I had a fantastic day, cobwebs well and truly driven away. Thanks very much Claudine & Richard.

    2 · April 18, 2014

  • Terry C.

    excellent day amazing country side great company thanks claudine

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Yoshi

    Thank you claudine. It was my first hiking trip and will not be the last one!!! I enjoyed very much, beautiful location, lovely weather and delightful people.

    2 · April 18, 2014

  • Paula L

    Thanks Claudine
    As already said by others a brilliant day all round.

    2 · April 18, 2014

  • Nigel S.

    I posted some pics on the Hiking web site

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Prakash

    Thank you Claudine. Brilliant weather/walk and fabulous company too. What lovely people you all are! Thoroughly enjoyed it. Some of you might spot yourself in some of the photos I took!

    ps. my previous rant posting was a nonsense wind up in case anyone thought I was being serious!! :-)

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Nick C (.

    Excellent. Beautiful scenery, bit of exercise, great company, lovely weather. Great pub: must pop back for my dessert sometime. Thanks to Claudine and Richard.

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Mike

    Thanks Claudine and Rich - top class walk.

    1 · April 18, 2014

  • Laurence B.

    A very enjoyable day out in perfect weather.
    Thank you to all those who planned it, checked it and then made it happen.

    2 · April 18, 2014

  • Graham

    We're leaving the car park at noon. Back up meeting point is the Dragon Head Inn at about 1.15pm.

    April 18, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'm going from Chippenham if anyone needs a lift

    April 18, 2014

  • Nick

    Claudine really sorry to drop out so late. Working on a house renovation project and need to work Friday
    Hope you all have a great walk.
    Nick

    April 17, 2014

  • Maria B

    Hi, any chance of a lift from Bristol? Sorry for the short notice, I only saw this walk yesterday

    April 17, 2014

    • Maria B

      Txs Prakash! I'll b there @9:45. Arriving to bus station. I'll PM you my mobile no. so we can find each other in the car park. Txs again! :-)

      April 17, 2014

    • Prakash

      OK. Will pm you mine later.

      1 · April 17, 2014

  • Rhoda

    Anyone driving from Bath?

    April 11, 2014

    • Rhoda

      I'm afraid I also have to pull out as I need to visit a friend in hospital. So sorry too for the late notice! Hope to join you on another walk soon.

      April 17, 2014

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi - I am still happy to drive. Where's good for you Louisa? A lady called Melissa has emailed me and also wants to come but she didn't think that she'd be able to grab a lift so I will say to her that I have room.

      April 17, 2014

  • june s.

    hi I am realy sorry my Mum is 92, and just occurred some problems at the moment, so will not be able to come on the walk have a nice time june

    April 17, 2014

  • Nick C (.

    Hi Claudine. Thought I'd break cover to confirm I intend to go tomorrow. Proceeding independently from Cheltenham. See you in the car park.

    April 17, 2014

  • Prakash

    Drivers: satnav: NP7 7HE seems a better post code. Route: M4, A449, A40 Brecon, A465 (this avoids driving through Abergavenny itself), A4143, rejoin A40 Brecon again!
    Once on A40:-
    0.7m Directly opposite "SugarLoaf Vineyards" sign, turn right onto Pentre ROAD
    0.1m take/turn 1st left
    0.3m reach T junction Pentre LANE (this is NP7 7HE); turn left. Go straight on (and ignore next right to the vineyard!)
    0.6m road turns sharp left.
    161ft road forks. Take RIGHT HAND fork
    0.4m roads forks again. Take RIGHT HAND fork.
    0.4m arrive at car park.

    1 · April 15, 2014

    • Claudine

      Thats Ok, let him know times. He will be in the John Lewis car park when you need him there. Contact him via [masked] then please update us both. If you get no reply, let me know as your email could be in the junk box. I then get in touch. Travel costs is £7.

      1 · April 16, 2014

    • Prakash

      Sorted! Leaving JL 9.45 ish.

      April 16, 2014

  • Rob E

    Lift please? I live in Clifton but can come anywhere by bike to a pick up point.
    Thanks, Rob

    April 16, 2014

    • Claudine

      Or 9.45 from Redland with Dave and Gill. Please let me know. Travel costs are £7.

      April 16, 2014

    • Claudine

      Ok see you there and remember to sign in as the group is big.

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Rob E

    I'm not sure how many cars are going and whether will be lifts for everybody who needs them (like me please) but I will just turn up at the Reckless Engineer pub and hope.

    April 15, 2014

    • Rob E

      Thanks for both offers of a lift.

      April 16, 2014

    • Rob E

      Last message sent itself! As I was saying - thanks for both offers of a lift. I will go with you Laurence as you offered first. Looking forwasd to a really 'proper' walk!

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Ruth L.

    Could anyone give me a lift please? I live at southwick trowbridge but can get to bradford on Avon or bath

    April 15, 2014

    • Claudine

      People from the hiking group can pick up in Bath.

      April 16, 2014

  • Melissa L.

    Does anyone going from the Bath area have room in their car for me. I live in Bradford on Avon and could get to a meeting spot. Thanks Melissa

    April 16, 2014

    • Claudine

      A few in the hiking group do.

      April 16, 2014

  • kerry e.

    Sorry cant make it now have fun!

    April 16, 2014

  • Pam P.

    Regretfully will have to cancel as I've sprained my ankle. Can walk a bit now but Sugar Loaf might stretch me a bit, especially in flop flops which are the only shoes I can get on. Gutted to miss it, have fun

    April 15, 2014

    • Laurence B.

      Pam, Where is your sense of adventure? Sugarloaf in flip flops with a sprained ankle - a marvellous feat----You could either get into the Guinness Book of Records or, maybe, ---- the Births, Marriages and Deaths column of your local paper? Get well soon!!

      1 · April 16, 2014

  • Claudine

    I have been told there are 4 maybe 5 drivers from Bristol with room in their car if anyone still wants to car share. Two travelling from North Bristol one travelling from East Bristol and one or two near Glos Road. Travel costs are £7. Get in touch if you are interested.

    1 · April 15, 2014

  • Yoshi

    Hi Laurence

    OK - 09.30 outside the Reckless Engineer pub.

    Thank you

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Claudine

    Just a reminder the travel costs for pickups is £7 for this walk. Meeting in the Car Park about 11.15 am. Walk will start at 11.30 am.

    1 · April 14, 2014

  • Yoshi

    Can anybody give me a lift? I live on the center of Bristol. I am happy to share the cost and get to the collection point. I do not like driving to I unknown place....

    April 14, 2014

    • Laurence B.

      09.30 outside the Reckless Engineer pub which is opposite Temple Meads Station.

      April 14, 2014

    • Prakash

      Me thinks much to early for a pint.... :O

      1 · April 14, 2014

  • Claudine

    Check out the RECCE photos http://www.meetup.com/The-Brist...­ Please note the route, has change and the woods are no longer part of the walk. New route has been added in my the walk instructions.

    1 · April 6, 2014

  • Claudine

    The recce was just under 8 miles and it's a nice walk with great views. Although it wasn't too muddy, there are some steep ascents and descents so would recommend decent walking boots, and poles if people have them. It's dog friendly too.

    There are some stiles to clamber over but they have dog gates to prevent the need for any mutt lifting!
    There's also the Dragon Head inn at Llangenny which we get to 1 hour 15 mins after the start, chance for loo breaks or refreshments. From there, it's a 1 hour 30 minute to 2 hour haul up to the summit of Sugar Loaf (depending on fitness levels). After enjoying the views, it's about 40 minutes back to the car park.
    Even in good weather it can be really windy at the top, so bring extra layers.

    1 · April 1, 2014

    • Claudine

      On a clear day one can see the Malvern Hills to the east, the Black Mountains to the north, the Black Mountain range to the west and Blorenge to the south. On the north side of the Sugar Loaf there are rocky outcrops which depending on the wind direction can provide shelter.

      1 · April 1, 2014

    • Claudine

      The Blorenge to the South, Skirrid (Ysgyryd) Fawr and Fach (and the Forest of Dean beyond) to the East.

      1 · April 1, 2014

  • Claudine

    People try and car share for this walk to save on costs and because the car park is small.

    1 · April 1, 2014

  • june s.

    I can do 6 miles at a fair pace but not a fast one is that ok I am fit and walk 5 miles weekly in under 1 1/2 hours

    March 25, 2014

    • Claudine

      The walk we tested is longer than 6 miles, sorry.

      1 · April 1, 2014

  • Andrea C.

    Hi Claudine, I'm afraid I won't be able to make this as I'm waiting for a podiatry appointment as I'm having trouble walking at the moment.Hope you all enjoy.

    March 21, 2014

  • Andrea C.

    Hi Claudine, I hope it's OK that I've RSVP'd yes but depending on the weather and where I find myself for Easter I may change it nearer the time. I'm staying with a friend in Abergavenny and we started out walking up the Skirrid yesterday (the next mountain along) but because of the recent weather it was not remotely enjoyable and we turned back before we got to the top. Hopefully, it will be a bit drier underfoot by April.

    December 26, 2013

  • Claudine

    For all walks listed by myself, please make sure that you're fit enough to undertake the walk you intend to join. If you're unsure of your fitness level, try a short and easy walk first. It's much better to find a walk a little too slow or easy than to exhaust yourself.

    Some walks are off-road in rural areas. Please have suitable footwear and clothing for the walk you intend to join and bring some food and drink - even if the walk includes a pub or café break.

    Walk leaders may refuse to accept participants who in their opinion are inadequately equipped or unfit. When in doubt, contact the organiser or leader in advance. For the safety of yourself and others please follow any advice and guidelines issued by the organiser and the instructions of the leader. Although walking is a very low risk activity, no activity is completely without risk and it is your responsibility to behave sensibly and to minimise the potential for accidents.

    Thanks

    1 · December 16, 2013

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