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Sugar Loaf, Ysgyryd Fawr

Sugar Loaf, Ysgyryd Fawr


Postby poppiesrara » Sun Apr 08, 2012 5:36 pm

Date walked: 06/04/2012

Time taken: 3

Distance: 12.75 km

Ascent: 745m

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Two short walks up the distinctive peaks that rise enticingly above the eastern gateway to the Brecon Beacons, firstly among the Bank Holiday crowds on the Sugar Loaf.

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The number of clear paths across the southern flanks attest to the popularity of this hill, rather friendlier than its 596m height, although taking a more circuitous route – dropping down into Cwm Gwenffrwd and then gently up the western ridge – makes for a quiet and pleasant route. Good views from this side of the snow-streaked Black Mountains and (unlike any of those, tempting as they looked this day…) lovely underfoot conditions, on firm grass throughout, up to the quite defined and rocky summit ridge.
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Cwm Gwenffrwd

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Sugar Loaf at head of Cwm Gwenffrwd

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Table Mountain

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Pen y Gadair Fawr & Black Mountains

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Sugar Loaf west ridge

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Black Mountains over Crug Mawr

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Offa's Dyke Ridge

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The Skirrid from Sugar Loaf

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Table Mountain from Sugar Loaf summit ridge

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Sugar Loaf from the south

Rather fewer people on Ysgyryd Fawr (‘the Skirrid’) and another short circuit avoiding the more popular up-and-down route – this time winding nicely through the bluebell woods to the west and then up through the rocky valley to the foot of the north face.

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The direct ascent from this side – unless I missed the ‘tourist path’ that I half-expected to see… – is a fierce and challenging one, starting with a steep hands-down scramble (this is much harder when the hand-holds are tufts of damp grass rather than rock shelves!) before a narrow tread west cut across to what looked a more natural rocky ascent route, although still vertiginously steep and with little to arrest a slip down. Quite a relief to crest the top of the climb and stumble almost straight upon the trig-point – either I’ve lost a lot of courage with a couple of years of age, or there really are a lot of ‘harder than Crib Goch’ climbs out there on little (this one is only 486m) hills! More nice views from this isolated summit though and a decent gentle descent along the very well-trodden south ridge which (it slightly shames me to admit) might just be the best way up too…
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Path skirting west of the Skirrid

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Skirrid western crags

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Skirrid north face - direct ascent not recommended!

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NW to Black Mountains from the Skirrid

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Looking dizzily down the ascent line...

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Skirrid summit and south ridge

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Rural views east from the Skirrid

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West from the Skirrid to Sugar Loaf
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Re: Sugar Loaf, Ysgyryd Fawr

Postby garyhortop » Mon Apr 09, 2012 10:07 am

Enjoyed the report and Picture PR - I used to work in Abergavenny so walked this area a few times - am amazed there is still snow up there as things have been pretty mild! The view down the Skirrid ascent line I really liked!! :D
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Re: Sugar Loaf, Ysgyryd Fawr

Postby malky_c » Mon Apr 09, 2012 8:23 pm

Good to see Sugar Loaf again :)

Ysgwryd Fawr looks good fun - already had my eye on it, but your photos make it look interesting. I don't have any more specific trips planned down there, but I'm hoping I might manage a quick stop-off on the way back from Cardiff in May.
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Re: Sugar Loaf, Ysgyryd Fawr

Postby ChrisW » Tue Apr 10, 2012 12:44 am

Great stuff as always P, that north face of Skirrid looks an absolute beast :shock: little snow left now too, you lucky bleeders :lol:
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