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.
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
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.
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.