Wednesday, 31 December 2008

Brecon Beacons: Sugar Loaf

Sugar Loaf trig
Sugar Loaf trig

Up at 6am for the trek along a foggy A40 for a couple of days in Brecon, but before reaching the hostel, I took a detour for a walk up to Sugar Loaf, near Abergavenny. And well worth the effort, it was!

The start didn't look promising, the valley where I parked was shrouded in freezing fog, but the forecast proved correct and as I ascended, I was soon in the sunshine and looking out over a panorama of surrounding peaks puncturing the cloud carpet that lay below me!

Pen y Fan from Sugar Loaf
Pen y Fan

Inversion from Sugar Loaf
Inversion from Sugar Loaf
Inversion from Sugar Loaf
Inversion
Pen y Fan from Sugar Loaf
The Brecon Beacons
Inversion from Sugar Loaf
Trig

Sugar Loaf is one that I will definitely do again. It's very harsh that it is 4 metres shy of the magical 600 mark that makes it a mountain, but it looks every inch (or should I say centimetre) the part!

The last walk of 2008 had proved to be a memorable one!
  • Date: 31/12/08
  • Region: Brecon Beacons NP
  • Status: Solo
  • Description: Porth-y-parc – Sugar Loaf – Deri – Sunny View – Porth-y-parc - Cold, Sunny on high ground, freezing fog on low, 10.2km, 4 hrs.