GPS Cycle and Walking Routes

Abergavenny Sugarloaf Walk

7 miles (11.5 km)

This epic circular walk takes you to the summit of Sugarloaf Mountain from the town of Abergavenny. The distinctive hill is a prominent landmark in all directions and a very worthy climb.It's a challenging 7 mile hike with tremendous views for most of the way.
Start the walk in the centre of Abergavenny, near to the bus station and priory. You can then follow roads north through the town to Cantref and Llywyndu. Country lanes here will lead you to the footpaths which will take you up to the Sugarloaf summit which stands at a height of 1,955 feet (596metres). The far ranging views encompass the Usk Valley, Severn Estuary, the Cotswoldsto the east, theBrecon Beacons includingPen y FanandCorn Duto the west and theBristol Channelto the south.
After taking in the views you descend to the west and then south to the lovely Mynydd Llanwenarth ridge. After descending the ridge you then pick up the same country lanes and roads to take you back into the centre of Abergavenny.
To continue your walking around the town you could try the climb to Skirrid Fawr which starts in Abergavenny. You could also pick up the long distance Brecon Beacons Way which runs through the area. For an alternative circular route try our Sugarloaf Mountain Walk which starts from the car park at the base of the hill.

Abergavenny Sugarloaf Walk OS Map - Mobile GPS OS Map with Location tracking

Abergavenny Sugarloaf Walk Open Street Map - Mobile GPS Map with Location tracking

Further Information and Other Local Ideas

The neighbouring town of Bleanavon is located just a few miles south west of the town. You can explore the worthy town on the circular Blaenavon Walk. The area is a UNESCO World Heritage Site which includes a fascinating industrial museum and a wonderful heritage steam railway. You could catch the railway south and visit Pontypool where there's the extensive Pontypool Park to explore. You can also pick up the Monmouthshire and Brecon Canal here and follow it south to the popular Goytre Wharf. Heading west along the towpath will take you to the pretty Gilwern Wharf where there's some lovely scenery and a fine canalside pub.
Head south east of the town and you could visit the ruins of Raglan Castle. The 15th century fortress is considered one of the grandest castles in the country.
To the west you'll find the splendid Clydach Gorge. The scenicsteep-sided valley is where the River Clydach flows to the River Usk.
The epic Cambrian Way passes over the mountain. The long distance waymarked route starts from the city of Cardiff and runs for nearly 300 miles through the Brecon Beacons, the Cambrian Mountains and Snowdonia before finishing on the North Wales coast at Conwy.
For more walking ideas in the area see the Brecon Beacons Walks page.

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Abergavenny Bridge over the River Usk

Sugarloaf Mountain above Abergavenny (30251942556)

Sugarloaf Mountain above Abergavenny

The Summit of the Abergavenny Sugar Loaf - - 555189

The Summit of the Abergavenny Sugar Loaf. Looking east. The Skirrid can be seen in the background.

The Sugar Loaf, near Abergavenny - - 129254

The Sugar Loaf, near Abergavenny. Photographed from the Skirrid, about four miles away to the east.

Mynydd Llanwenarth - - 447480

Taken from the ridge of Mynydd Llanwenarth which leads up to the Sugar Loaf. In the distance can be seen Mynydd Llangatwg.

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Sugar Loaf. As seen from the ridge of Mynydd Llanwenarth.

South East slope of Sugar Loaf - - 447525

South East slope of Sugar Loaf In the distance you can just make out Abergavenny, whilst the conical hill is Ysgyryd Fach. The pole in the foreground denotes a gas pipeline.

Sugar Loaf Mountain - - 1538717

Sugar Loaf Mountain A very frosty Winter morning. The mountain in the back ground is the Sugar Loaf Mountain.It stands 2 miles North West of Abergavenny. It's a very prominent landmark from all directions, it is 1961 feet high, so based on that I estimate this Radiation fog is 1600 feet thick.


GPS Files

GPX File

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Memory Map Route

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