Short Blast up the Sugar Loaf   4 comments

The Sugar Loaf is a splendid local hill which I’ve climbed and blogged about many times. It’s ideal for a walk when time is short. In this case it was half term and TJF was in an acting workshop and we had a few hours to spare between wintry showers.

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A bitingly cold wind and dark clouds made for a real wintry feel with a cap of fresh snow above 500m

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We took a slightly longer route around the back of the mountain to extend the walk before pushing up to the snow-line

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Patches of snow, caught in the grass and heather, very quickly gave way to full cover

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The summit was extremely busy (we’d had trouble parking for the first time). I assume there were people heading out to go sledging but there wasn’t anything like enough snow

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More than enough for some impressive views and the nice feeling of fresh snow underfoot for the climb to the summit and the final last rocky part of the ridge

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It was startlingly cold on the top and not really a day to be hanging around. We again took a more circuitous route down to enjoy the conditions. We’d been very lucky that our 3 hour walk coincided with an spell of abundant sunshine and no showers

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The northern slopes were sheltered and there had been a decent accumulation of snow. Gave this diminutive mountain a very Scottish feel for a few hundred feet

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Despite the chill the snow was melting, visibly quickly. As we traversed back across towards the car most of the snow we’d seen in the morning had already gone. The sledgers looked very disappointed

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A fine way to blow away the cobwebs on a cold February day

Posted April 1, 2016 by surfnslide in Black Mountains, Wales, Walking

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4 responses to “Short Blast up the Sugar Loaf

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  1. Fantastic looking day!

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    • It’s a local classic, and quiet if you avoid the main up and down path. It really was a contrast on the summit between green slopes and a very short stretch of full winter conditions

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  2. Superb photos: green valleys, brown hillsides, snow-capped tops and blue skies with some cloud for interest – I don’t think there’s a view to beat that. Brilliant to have this kind of outdoor-gym on the doorstep!

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    • Outdoor gym, never thought of it like that, much better than an indoor gym,spinning or whatever the latest fitness craze is. We were very lucky with the weather, there were some pretty nasty spells either side of when we were out

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