Sugar Loaf circuit

Walking trail

Wander through a deep wooded valley and out onto open moorland, climb the iconic Sugar Loaf Mountain and take in wonderful views of the surrounding countryside, stretching across to the Severn Estuary and the Brecon Beacons.

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The Sugar Loaf mountain with the Deri ridge at sunset


Map route for Sugar Loaf circuit walk


Llanwenarth car park, grid ref: SO268166


From the car park walk a short distance down the road you arrived on and head up onto the grass on the left-hand side. Continue along this straight and wide grass path as it gently climbs above the road for approximately 0.5 miles (800m). Take the third path through the bracken, for approximately 100 yards (90m), cross over another path and pass three oak trees on your right. Follow the path into the woodland straight ahead.


Continue along this path through the woodland, following north towards the summit of the Sugar Loaf. You will come to a bracken clearing and take the downhill path on your right which continues through this wildlife-rich wood until you come to the head of a stream where smaller streams join.

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Follow the path straight up the stream valley heading north east. It's a steep climb up onto the ridge, but once you're onto the ridge, the summit of the Sugar Loaf will come into view. Look behind you for views of Abergavenny and the Usk Valley. Continue up the final steep and occasionally rocky, ascent to the summit of the Sugar Loaf.


Once you reach the summit, head for the trig point and take in the fantastic views all around you. On a clear day you can see the Brecon Beacons, the Severn Estuary and on into South West England. You'll also be able to take in the surrounding Black Mountains, such as Skirrid Fawr and Hatterall Hill.

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Facing the side of the trig point with the National Trust sign on, descend the path in front of you and to your right. The path drops diagonally down, with the summit on your right, to a grassy path running alongside a clearly visible ditch and bank - an ancient boundary stretching for nearly two miles (3.2km).

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Follow the path alongside the bank and continue down along the highest path on the ridge. Eventually you'll see a fence running to the right of you. Walk along the track roughly parallel to this fence, until the fence turns a corner down the hill.


At this point, follow the direction of the path before dropping down into the car park where you started this walk.


Llanwenarth car park, grid ref: SO268166

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Rough mud and stone paths, steep climbs and some rocky sections requiring care with footing. A small stream must be crossed.

Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead as the walk passes through common land used for sheep grazing.

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Sugar Loaf circuit

How to get here

Llanwenarth car park, Abergavenny, Monmouthshire, NP7 7LA
By train

Nearest train station is Abergavenny approximately 2 miles (3.2km) away.

By road

From the west follow the A40. Just before you reach Abergavenny, and just after the Lamb and Flag pub, turn left where the Sugar Loaf Vineyards are signposted. Take the first left and follow the road up. Turn left again and the road bends sharply round to the right.

Continue uphill until you come to a very sharp left turn. Follow this bend round and take the right-hand fork shortly after. Continue along this road, past some small parking areas, until you reach the main tarmac car park with stone trig point.

After your visit, on leaving the National Trust car park, descend the same lane and ensure you bear left on returning to the fork in the lane.  Shortly after, follow the bend round to your right and continue along the lane bearing right until you return to the A40. 

From the east follow the A40 out of Abergavenny and turn right following the signs for Sugarloaf Vineyards.

By foot

There are several footpaths crossing over the Sugar Loaf, otherwise follow minor roads.

By bus

X43 service from Cardiff to Abergavenny and B4 Beacons Bus from Newport and Brecon.

Sugar Loaf circuit

Facilities and access

  • There are no facilities such as a public toilet or shop - nearest facilities are in Abergavenny
  • The car park is free
  • Dogs welcome but must be kept on a lead