Y Fal - the Sugar Loaf

Submitted by Timwoods on 24 April 2008
OS Explorer Map: OL13 - Brecon Beacons National Park
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A circular, half-day low hills and fells (below 600m) walk in Wales starting at Abergavenny, Monmouthshire (Sir Fynwy), about 10km (roughly 7 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 2 km (roughly 2 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 km (roughly 2 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 km (roughly 1 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 km (roughly 2 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 km (roughly 1 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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