Y Fal - the Sugar Loaf

Submitted by Timwoods on 24 April 2008
OS Explorer Map: OL13 - Brecon Beacons National Park
(9 votes)
A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in Wales starting at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy), about 9.8km (roughly 6.1 miles) long and unsuitable for families with children, prams/pushchairs, wheelchairs.
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This walk is perfect for those who like their hills easily accessible. Y Fal , known as Sugar Loaf in English, is a small hill just outside the town of Abergavenny in South Wales. It makes a great half day walk, with breathtaking views of Abergavenny and the Black Mountains from the summit. Abergavenny is an interesting town as well, with a ruined castle, and a useful stop off en route to the Brecon Beacons or the Black Mountains.
Start: Abergavenny, OS Grid: SO298145
Elevation Profile (x: waypoint number, y: metres)
Gain (+/- 10%): 621m (2040ft)
Total (+/- 10%): 968m (3178ft)
Loss (+/- 10%): 346m (1138ft)
Max. Elevation: 570m (1870ft)

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OS Grid: SO297145
The walk starts in the town of Abergavenny, which is well served by trains and buses. Head towards Chapel Mill Farm on the northwest edge of the town.
About 1.8 km (roughly 1.1 miles) from 1 OS Grid: SO282154
From Chapel Mill Farm, follow the road heading West to Orchard House, home of the Sugar Loaf vineyards - not really what you expect to find in South Wales!
About 2.4 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 2 OS Grid: SO270175
Follow the road heading Northwest past Pentre Farm and pick up one of the footpaths heading through the woods in St Mary's Vale. Carry on to Cwm Trosnant.
About 1.2 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 3 OS Grid: SO273187
Once you are clear of the woods, the route to the summit is easy - just follow the paths leading uphill.
About 2.4 km (roughly 1.5 miles) from 4 OS Grid: SO293174
It's worth extending the walk to take in this smaller summit to the east - follow the path around the top of the woodland and continue along the top to Deri.
About 1.1 km (roughly 0.7 miles) from 5 OS Grid: SO296164
The footpath drops off the end of Deri and rejoins the road near Chapel Mill Farm. From here, walk back into Abergavenny.
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