St Mary's Vale at the foot of the Sugar Loaf

St Mary's Vale at the foot of the Sugar Loaf near Abergavenny, Monmouthshire

Please note the road leading up to the Sugar Loaf is currently closed. You will need to park at the public car park area at Fairfield in Abergavenny town centre and walk from there.

Seeing the woods for the trees

These wonderful woodlands provide a canopy from the rest of the world. In spring the vivid green of so many trees forms nature’s own majestic cathedral, with the sunlight streaming through creating dappled shade and bouncing off the water of the Iago as it makes its way down into the town of Abergavenny.
 
Dead leaves form a natural carpet, and in autumn the rich greens slowly turn into burnished reds, oranges and yellows.
 
Large areas of these woodlands are designated Sites of Special Scientific Interest and Special Areas of Conservation and the vale holds a large population of the rare red wood ant.