Wednesday, 6 January 2016

Ysgyryd Fawr, Sugar Loaf & Bryn Arw

Walk summary
Looking north to Black Mountain
from ascent up Ysgyryd Fawr
First day of first trip of the year so nothing too strenuous following Xmas break and associated over indulgence. Just the six sub Nuttall Marilyns outstanding in Area 32A: Llandovery to Monmouth and the plan was to cover the 3 most easterly; Graig Syfyrddin, Ysgyryd Fawr, and Bryn Arw on today the first day of this trip, leaving Sugar Loaf the highest and probably most iconic summit and 2 others, Allt yr Esgair & Myarth until tomorrow. 
Well that was until I started to plan the routes and found that there was a proper car park north of Betws suitable as a walk start point for both Bryn Arw and Sugar Loaf. Just as well really as the latish start, short daylight hours and the extra time taken to find a suitable parking spot for Ysgyryd Fawr meant there was not really enough time for a third move to the final hill of the day.
Not a bad day 8.76 miles with 776.36m of ascent. I have had easier Nuttall days.

Walk Statistics
Walk Date - 06 January 2016
Walkers - Steve Smith

 -  YHA Llangattock Mountain Bunkhouse
Start Point - Various. See maps below

Finish Point Various. See maps below
Total Duration - 4hrs 34mins 
Overall Average pace - 1.92 mph
Total Distance Walked - 8.76 miles
Total Height Ascended - 776.36 metres

Peaks visited
Nuttalls (254E - 443E&W)
Hewitts (179E - 316E&W)
Marilyns (158W - 1550E,W&S)
Ysgyryd Fawr (25W - 185E,W&S)
Sugar Loaf (26W - 186E,W&S)
Bryn Arw (27W - 187E,W&S)
Deweys (241W - 422E&W)
Sugar Loaf (30W - 82E&W)
HuMPs (364W - 2975EW&S)
Ysgyryd Fawr (35W - 262E,W&S)
Sugar Loaf (36W - 263E,W&S)
Bryn Arw (37W - 274E,W&S)
Unitary Authority County Tops (22W - 33E,W&S)
E: England 
E,W&S:England,Wales & Scotland

Other walks on this trip
06th Ysgyryd Fawr, Sugar Loaf & Bryn Arw
07th Allt yr Esgair, Myarth & Graig Syfyrddin [Edmund's Tump]
08th Three Marilyns between Llangattock and Newport
10th Mynydds y Lan & Machen
11th Craig y Allt,Cefn Eglwysilan & Mynydd y Glyn 
12th Garth Hill & Coity Mountain, GB Marilyn 200
15th Mynydd Betws
16th Pumlumon Nuttalls 
17th Ffridd Cocyn & Gamallt  
18th Tarrenhendre & Tarren y Gesail 
19th Y Garn (The Rhinogs)

Ysgyryd Fawr
Looking down at walk start point at Pen-y-parc
from Ysgyryd Fawr summit
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GPX can be downloaded from
2.79miles, 241.38m ascent,  Start Time 10:17am, Finish Time 11:59am, 1 hours 42 minutes, 1.64 mph

Sugar Loaf
Black Mountain massive on way up NE slope of Sugar Loaf
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GPX can be downloaded from
3.76miles, 336.97m ascent,  Start Time 12:51pm, Finish Time 14:33pm, 1 hours 42 minutes, 2.21 mph
Bryn Arw
Still some cloud around Sugar Loaf viewed from ascent up Bryn Arw
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GPX can be downloaded from
2.21miles, 198.01m ascent, Start Time 14:46pm, Finish Time 15:56pm, 1 hours 10 minutes, 1.89 mph