Sugar Loaf from Abergavenny - directions
Way to go
From the information centre turn right and walk through the town centre to the war memorial at the junction with Park Road. Cross Park Road and continue up Pen-y-Pound. Turn left into Avenue Road at the traffic lights and pass the cricket ground; the road then becomes Chapel Lane, at the top of which is a kissing gate. Turn right and walk up to the driveway of Llwyndu Court (at map ref SO 291155).
Continue on past the driveway entrance for a short distance and turn left onto a footpath, following it over a stile into a field. Walk up the left-hand side of the field heading for a stile to the right of the farm. Go straight up the road, veering left at the fork, to a car park. Take the right track and on reaching the hairpin bend follow the path up through the larger gate into Deri Fach wood.
After about 800m (at map ref SO 280169) the trees thin out and the hillside is covered with bracken and gorse. Ignore the stile ahead of you, but continue on up with the fence on your left. When the fence bears off to the left go straight on towards the top of the ridge. You are now on proper upland heath terrain. Sugar Loaf’s summit should soon be in view along with an old boundary wall off to the right. Keep following the obvious path to the summit.
From the trig point at the summit the path descends gently to your left (westwards). Fairly soon you are following a ditch and bank. Ignore tracks to either side and, keeping the bank to your right, follow it to a stone wall, then turn left. The wall zigzags on your right but finally turns downhill after 400m. Leave the wall here and go straight on, down to the car park on the shoulder of Mynydd Llanwenarth.
From the car park go down the road for about 100m. Turn left on a grassy track by a gas pipeline marker and go straight down for about 400m until you come to a fence at the top of a wooded slope. Turn left and where the fence begins to drop downhill on your right take the narrow left fork that winds through the oakwood to a deeply cut old track. Turn right here, then right again onto another old track and continue down until you come out above Pen-yr-heol Farm (map ref SO 279163).
Do not go on to the road at this point but turn sharp left, almost doubling back on yourself, down a track just above the farm. After passing the farm you will pass a cottage on your right before descending through the beautiful beech trees of St Mary’s vale. Below the cottage take the right fork that drops away steeply and bends round to the right, bringing you down to the Nant Iago stream, which you follow. Follow this down, crossing it at the bottom on stone slabs. The track then rises, passing through a metal gate before joining the route you followed to the summit. From here, retrace your steps back to Abergavenny.