The Sugarloaf & Llangattock ESCARPMENT

Summit the Sugarloaf and walk the stunning Craig-y-Cilau National  Nature Reserve on the Llangattock Escarpment

Includes picnic lunch, expert guiding by a mountain leader/geologist, and pick up from Abergavenny station or your local accommodation
Duration: 10am - 6pm
Number of places: 1-6 (or more if using your vehicle)


(Based on 2 people, price is reduced with more people. We will run the tour with only one person for £71. Full pricing info is on our Booking and Prices page)

This walking tour comprises of two separate half-day walks linked by car. The first walk is to climb the Sugarloaf (596m), one of the most iconic peaks in the Brecon Beacons National Park. The second part is one of the National Park's treasures, the Craig-y-Cilau National Nature Reserve on the Llangattock Escarpment.

Sugarloaf and Llangattock Esarpment walking tour
The Sugarloaf in the Black Mountains, Brecon Beacons National Park
The Sugarloaf as seen from Llangattock Escarpment
The summit of the Sugarloaf with Abergavenny behind and the Severn Estuary in the far distance
The summit of the Sugarloaf with Abergavenny behind and the Severn Estuary in the far distance
Craig-y-Cilau National Nature Reserve, on Llangattock Escarpment
Craig-y-Cilau National Nature Reserve, on Llangattock Escarpment


Part One: The Sugarloaf (Mynydd Pen-y-Fal)

Distance: 3 miles. Ascent: 300 metres

The Sugar Loaf, or Mynydd Pen-y-Fal in Welsh, is one of the most distinctive and popular peaks in the National Park. Its rugged cone-shaped summit can be seen from many miles around and it is an easy peak to climb. It's quite distinct from the rest of the Black Mountains, due to the Neath Valley Disturbance Fault that passes between it and the rest of the Black Mountains. The views from the top of the Sugar Loaf are stunning. Most of the National Park can be seen, as can the Bristol Channel, Devon, the Malvern Hills and the Cotswolds. It is thought that the Sugarloaf was J R R Tokien's inspiration for the Misty Mountain in The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings stories.

Part Two: llangattock Escarpement

Distance: 4.1 miles. Ascent: 242 metres.

Craig-y-Cilau is a steep, dramatic limestone escarpment on the northern edge of Mynydd Llangatwg. It has excellent views of the Sugarloaf (the first part of the tour). It is of considerable botanical, geological and historical interest, and is a national nature reserve. The varied habitat from scrub woodland on the lower slopes, up through short limestone grassland and sparsely wooded cliffs to the open moorland of the summit makes this an excellent reserve for many different insect and birds. Around 40 bird species have been recorded here. On this walk we also see the Agen Allwedd cave entrance, which is part of an extensive network that underlies Mynydd Llangatwg.


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