Name:Bryn Arw
Hill number:2274
Height:385m / 1263ft
RHB Section:32A: Llandovery to Monmouth
Nuttall/Wainwright area:Black Mountains
County/UA:Monmouthshire [Sir Fynwy]
Catchment:Usk, Catchment Boundaries, Wye
Class:Marilyn, Hump, Tump (300-399m), Clem
Grid ref:SO 30157 20703
Summit feature:two large half-buried stones
Col:223.5m  SO 2918 2039  
OS map sheet(s):(1:50k) 161
(1:25k) OL13S
Observations:ground 20m W at SO 30136 20707 is of similar height; ground 500m SSE at SO 30294 20221 is 1m lower
Comments:Replaces hill 2275 as Marilyn
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Logged Descriptions  (logged by 302 users, only the latest 50 shown - Show all)ByDate of Ascent
From the big C. P Saw nobody. Easy going. A dull hill.Play2End01/06/2024
From the car park on the permissive path, along the ridge and down the southern end. With Lynda.Herbert Anchovy22/05/2024
Parked in small layby to the W at SO 31140 19791. Followed the lane/ driveway to the footpath and up the steep path NW to the top. Lots of gorse, but had a good wander round. Also went along the ridge to the S some way. Good views of the Skirrid and Sugar Loaf.Droplet749427/03/2024
Combined with revisit to Skirridwoodse16/03/2024
After Sugar Loaf with Shaky from the small car park near Fro. Visibility at car park was about 25 yards & no better on summit. Back down road towards Bettws & up track past Rhyd-Ianau. Used permissive path mentioned by others. Over stile on L about 25m into the third field & up to corner, turned R along path slanting across slope. After a short distance, a smaller path then leads up through bracken initially to the broad ridge - no gorse bashing. Found summit buried in gorse with GPS help but the mist made several other locations look just as high. Back the same way.NotReallyABagger29/01/2024
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
Up to ridge from Bettws then along to summit.JGC21/09/2023
From Sugar Loaf CP just N of Bettws. Road to upper Bettws leads to Permissive path not marked on OS 161, which cuts out dogleg when going round to NW end of ridge where a good path, again unmarked, leads to summit. Central top is almost same height, but SE top appears much lower, despite spot height marked on map.IanHHill16/09/2023
3 x peaks with Peggy 8.5mdavecnash02/07/2023
Parked at Fro car park then down road and left up farm track, up round to ridge and follow ridge south and loop back to startTribal2er14/07/2022
Revisit from 2005 … solo run from The Crown and back to Abergavenny via Sugar Loaf …milejunkie05/05/2022
On a 2 Marilyn, 16 mile Bank Holiday circuit from Abergavenny station. From the old summit, a pleasant stroll along the ridge. Dropped off to the NW down to Old Coalpit, then decided to do an unplanned reascent of the Sugarloaf.thesweetcheat18/04/2022
Path up from near Upper Betws Farm which features new direct up route. Along ridge to other tops that look higher and then descent via Middle Betws, leaping over an adder while running down. Hot, shirtless evening ascent!davechaffey16/04/2022
From Forest Coal Pit car park. A 2.6mile circuit. Along the road slightly East, then take first track, follow the track up to the top farm at 295203, just past there a permissive path leads straight up through the field. Left over a stile then along the top of a field to a gate leading to the open land. Up tracks to meet the path going up onto the ridge. Along the ridge. Found the summit in the gorse, not to bad at this time of year. Then along the ridge to meet a track descending directly down to Middle Betws farm. Note the public right of way has been diverted here around the top of the farm, but well marked. Down to the road then back to the car park. 1hr 15 for the circuit. A pleasant round.JulieB21/03/2022
O Maes Parcio Y Fro.sionbrit07/03/2022
Visited here twice today. The second time straight from Sugar Loaf as I had nagging doubts about not having gone over the gorse summit area thoroughly enough.Alex C14/02/2022
Returned here a few hours after the first visit just to make double certain of where exactly the high point is located.Twice Shy14/02/2022
From Fro, out and back. Just had time after AA man fixed van with cable ties. Drove home after. Cloudy, some sunshine, tiny shower, tops clear. Rounsfell12/02/2022
From Stanton Manor Farm as I thought Fro car park might be full on a Sunday. I do not recommend this route. There is no path to the summit and you have to wade through acres of bracken and briar which would be virtually impossible in summer. The tales of summit gorse have, however, been exaggerated. There are a few yards of knee-deep gorse with a little path through it.Wycombe Wanderer16/01/2022
From Fro c/p. Summit area very heavily covered in gorse - not good with shorts on! Certainly got to the HP.DanMaisieBex29/08/2021
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 and after Sugar loafStevooo05/06/2021
Ascended from the small nature reserve car park on Cwm Road via Forest Coal Pit piggery.Rob Rees03/04/2021
from fro cp via upper bettws farm permisive path 2954 2026 acyive badger sett 2961 2034 with cage traps ready !! paths through trash walk all ridge high spots return same wayunderhill26/11/2020
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
From Coed-y-Cerig nature reserve car park, then along ridge to middle and souther (old marilyn) summit and return. Really pleasant and easy walk.Neil Midgley17/09/2020
From Upper Bettws via access road then path through fields over several styles. Bracken awaits, initially thick over path, then nice cleared section up ridge. Summit gorse a pain. Great viewsN.Morters26/08/2020
From Twyn y Gaer, round lanes and up from W. Took path R from gate, up to large tree in wall then L goes near summit.amarillo-oro-como22/03/2020
Parked at Coed-y-cerrig nature reserve, followed the boardwalk and then track through the woodlands up onto the high ground. Continued along grassy pathway to ridge line which I then followed all the way. Summit rocks buried by gorse but miniature cairn has been created as close as possible to them. Good time of year to summit as there is no need to battle through bracken. Enjoyable day out!Gerry the Ranger20/03/2020
I ran up from the minor road near the bird reserve. I ran over the boardwalk and the took a muddy path up onto the open hill. I followed a good path through the bracken to close to the summit. It was then a case of getting cut and scratched as I waded through the gorse to the high point. Not enjoyable. I then headed over the middle summit to the old summit along a decent path. Views were great in the cold sunny weather with still some snow on the Black Mountains. Time taken 50 minutes for just over 4 miles.isabelle10/11/2019
Short evening walk up from Bettws in the valley to the west via footpaths then through a sea of ferns.With Ryan and Dani.JOHNS28/09/2019
From Coed y Cerrig nature reserve car park, along the boardwalk, then up through the woodland footpaths onto the bracken covered slopes on the north side of the hill. Walked a little way south along the west side then southeast up to the northern summit area on well-maintained paths through the bracken. I didn’t fancy wading through the gorse to find the two stones, so made do with the path side, which is more or less as high.Mariana Trench21/07/2019
From Forest Coal Pit car park, via Upper Bettws Farm.NormanW21/07/2019
From the good parking at Y Fro (SO 292200), via the tarmac road to Rhyd-lanau and on towards Upper Bettws . Path going back N from SO 298200 was unclear and unsigned - found a way up through two fields to an unmapped ruin at SO 300201, then a thin path up to the summit. There was a signed gate ('route to hill') at about SO 296202 - I met a man from SOTA on the summit who had used this path - he said it was steep and slippery - I tried to locate it for the way down, but without success, encountering a well defended wall bounding the intake area, which forced me back to the unmapped ruin and back down through the same two fields.Isbjorn16/11/2018
Car park at Fro was rammed so we parked by the phone box at SO285211. Up Sugar Loaf, down through Bettws and traversed the ridge of Bryn Arw to ensure we visited all possible tops.Geoff Briggs28/10/2018
3/5 Marilyn day. Revisit to the Sugar Loaf to bag it in my Marilyn round. Went on to summit Bryn Arw, a new peak for me. Altogether a 11km walk taking 3 hours.silveracorn_alan27/10/2018
From the north. Path detours to the west then ascends the west ridge. North face is defended by hawthorn, bracken and brambles.Topographer5713/08/2018
A lovely walk from the Duck car park. Easy boardwalks over interesting pools and bogs convey you to the bridleway up through trees, then onto a footpath cutting back towards the hill, then lovely grassy paths up the hill, just follow your nose. Superb views all the way.Gill28/01/2018
Nice walk along the ridge from the Old GR point. Descended northwards down a nice woodland path to the road. Solo.Dangerous Dave20/01/2018
A walk along the ridge from the NT car park on a very warm dayLou14/10/2017
From Nature Reserve car park to the north.Winterfloodian08/10/2017
From Bettws. Good views and a nice ridge.twg2717/09/2017
From camp site in Pandy to Stanton and came at it from north west where the bracken was a struggle to get through till I met better path coming from Forest Coal Pit to summit. Then went along ridge to southern tops just in case. Onto Sugar Loaf.dgresty12/09/2017
With Victoria's friends Craig and Milan(comma) from Forest Coalpit. 2:20(comma) circuit via a geocache. Fidget27/08/2017
Looking for Dartford warblershill_walker16/08/2017
Was going to park at the NT car park at Fro, but there were 4 shifty looking lads there, so parked at Old Coalpit. Followed paths all the way to top. Found the two buried stones and then went to middle top and old top. I got slightly higher readings on middle top, than current top. Good views.PeterD21/05/2017
Via Forest Coal Pit and return via Middle Bettws. Also visited the 'old top' in case of future differential tectonic uplift.summitsup18/04/2017