Name:Sugar Loaf [Y Fal]
Hill number:2266
Height:596m / 1955ft
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Black Mountains
County/UA:Monmouthshire [Sir Fynwy]
Catchment:Usk
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Dodd (500-599m), Dewey, Clem,
Trail 100
(Ma,Hu,Tu,5,Dew,Cm,T100)
Grid ref:SO 27253 18770
Summit feature:trig point
Drop:411m
Col:185m  SO297212  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 161
(1:25k) OL13S
Observations:semi-circle of rocks slightly higher than worn ground at trig point base
Survey:Abney level
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Bagged on a fabulous day, visibility excellent at top. Not too crowded for half term weekmatt98p02/06/2024
C. P quiet near Bettws. Shorts weather. Path quiet. Top as busy as Sauchiehall St.Play2End01/06/2024
Mountain biking route.Rob Rees22/02/2024
From just north of Abergavenny an anticlockwise loopover the top. Lovely contrast in terrain between the two halves of the route.JacquiH707/02/2024
With Shaky on a mild but very misty day from small car park at Fro to NE. Followed the path to the summit from there: just as well it was obvious because we couldn't see more than 25 yards. Back the same way & then across to Bryn Arw. Must return on a clear day.NotReallyABagger29/01/2024
With y*poor weather conditions/visibilityFabioski25/01/2024
Parked at (free) NT car park to NE of Sugar Loaf. Picked up the Cambrian Way to the top of Sugar Loaf, then SE down through the Parc Lodge oak woodland to Bettws and the Bryn Arw ridge and hp. Lovely autumn colours across the valley in the woods in the Coed y Cerrig NNR. Showery start but clearing up later. With Gillian.richard6904/11/2023
Cambrian Way - Stage 4geoffh1220/08/2023
Parked up just outside of Llanbedr and followed road down to tracks for the black mountains fell race route, up onto Beacons Way and onto Crug Mawr back down into the valley past Forest Coal Pit and up onto Sugar Loaf before descending back down and following roads and tracks back to Llanbedr. Around 12 miles all toldlboutside08/08/2023
From the National Trust car park, foggyGary Heath24/07/2023
3 x peaks with Peggy 8.5mdavecnash02/07/2023
From National Trust car park walked down into St Mary's Vale, up to the eastern slopes for about 20 minutes after sunrise, up to the top where I ate breakfast. Walked down the western side until I hit the limit of the open access land then worked my way back to the start. Solo walk on a sunny day - chilly at summit but soon warmed up.clyoung28/05/2023
Steady ascent from small CP at SO29224 20043. It seems few choose this route; much busier at the top.Newton Maximus20/05/2023
2023 South Wales Three Peaks Trial - Gold Routegeoffh1225/03/2023
Lovely walk, up in the cloud then cleared just before the summit. Not too busy. 3.75 mile 1119ft elevationnell158313/11/2022
Very busy hill on a warm and sunny day from free car park. With Tilly/Nick/Figgymazz29/08/2022
Sugar Loaf, Chwarel y Fankeithouk13/08/2022
From National Trust car park to the south.Winterfloodian02/07/2022
From the National Trust with R.Dan Baddeley01/05/2022
With Ash & SarahJbratt9518/04/2022
Third time, first time from the northeast. On a 2 Marilyn, 16 mile Bank Holiday circuit from Abergavenny station. After Bryn Arw, dropped down to Old Coalpit and then joined the Cambrian Way to climb the northeast. Not too bad until the last steep bit, when the unprompted re-ascent started to feel like a bad idea to my creaking knees. Very busy on the top. Descended via Mynydd Pen-y-Fal to revisit the two obscure Bronze Age cairns that don't even appear on the OS map. Seemed a long way back to Y Fenni.thesweetcheat18/04/2022
First climbed in 1978 ❤️Wobblymoo10/04/2022
www.exploringmidwales.co.uk Cambrian Way Day 4.Rob Rees04/04/2022
O Maes Parcio Y Fro.sionbrit07/03/2022
A really good bike/hike day out from Abergavenny today. First new Dodd summit of the year and undoubtedly one of the best in the country.Alex C14/02/2022
Trade route after sleeping in van. Stiff breeze, lots of cloud but summits clear. Was to have been 1/7 but van gear selector cable broke in car park. Rounsfell12/02/2022
Hiked up from Fro car park.SootAndShale22/01/2022
Scenic ascent from Fro.Wycombe Wanderer14/01/2022
Absolutely beautiful day, started from car park near Forest Coal Pit, lovely walk, a few steep bits, fantastic views. Dogs loved it :) Watch out for sheep.Piddbear21/10/2021
From car park in valley N of Abergavenny, GR 288167. Up and down in 1hr 45min. Lovely views.IanHHill01/10/2021
Walked up from the car park at Fro with eldest son (19). Third attempt at seeing a decent sunset from the summit, not third time lucky unfortunately. Nice views nonetheless.clyoung11/09/2021
G MyIdris17/08/2021
It was so hotMattbrolly17/07/2021
Hot and sunny, with Ruth ,Richard, Kim, Val, Mia, Ben, Paulakevandroo12/06/2021
Used Fro car park for short walk incl. Sugar Loaf. Arrived at 9am on Sunday and was first car there, but car park was full when arriving back at 12:30. A bit cloudy, but still some lovely views.JazDisney06/06/2021
Parked in Fro car park straight up to peak. With Neil.Stevooo05/06/2021
Old favourite mountain, excellent prominent peak with good viewsfreethehilltops02/06/2021
with Tracy. MorrisonsNirobi9906/05/2021
from car park stroll over maintained paths with Donna views to pen y fanunderhill27/11/2020
Slept overnight in the camper van at the quiet NT car park on the road between Forest Coal Pit and Bettws. From here we enjoyed a lovely stroll along well maintained grass paths through the bracken, heather,and gorse to Sugar Loaf and Bryn Awr. Very hot. The last day of summer?summitter22/09/2020
Walk up from the car park with the family. Gorgeous day hazy blue skies but warm with a moderate breeze. We saw Meadow Pipits, Skylark, Buzzard, Red Kite, Ravens and Crows. Say on the summit for an hour sun bathing. Could see Pen y Fan and Corn Du through the gaze as well as the closer to hand Black Mountains.isabelle20/09/2020
Lucky to get the last space in the Porth-y-parc carpark. Followed the gentle National Trust Trail. Grand views from the top, despite a bit of haze. Dropped off the western end to take a wide sweep back to Cwm Trosnant and then on to Rholben. Enjoyable varied walk through woodland, heath and pasture, with streams for company too.Pete West20/09/2020
'It was clear when we got here like three minutes ago,' said the people I met on the top...jabailey31407/09/2020
From Upper Bettws car park near Forest Coal Pit. Up path round fields then steeply to busy summit. Great views, 4/7 MarilynN.Morters26/08/2020
The normal car park and mountain road closed due to Coronavirus. So I changed to a new ascent point (for me) with very limited space due to increased demand for parking at SO 288 166. A pleasant approach to the Sugar Loaf from here with varied terrain. Unfortunately low cloud and rain spoilt the summit view. (S)silveracorn_alan23/07/2020
From the NT car park. Gorgeous day. With GFE.Fionalevey22/03/2020
Took the circular route on the NT website, highly recommend. The Oak woodland you go through before the ascent is absolutely spectacular, and is a very rare landscape in this part of the world. Unbelievable views from the top.RyParks15/03/2020
From the free car park to the south at 26845 16729. Three miles in a hour and half.WAYNE ROWLETT18/01/2020
With Rianne, great little hill and views.gettingonabit05/01/2020
short loop from main car parkprwild28/10/2019