Old Places – Sugar Loaf   11 comments

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It’s good having the prodigal son arrive back home from University and see him ambling about the house again. He was keen to head out for a walk on his old local hills. The forecast was ok but things looked deeply gloomy when we parked up but perked up no end as we climbed one of our go to favourites for a short day, the Sugar Loaf.

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We’d mistaken a bank of mist hanging on the lower slopes for the overall cloud base. we soon climbed through it to reveal atmospheric ethereal wisps of cloud at the halfway point as it were.

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It was cold and not much in the way of sunshine but good to be out after a dreadful wet day before.

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We had in mind a much longer walk than usual taking in a couple of the long ridges that fan out to the south having never walked them. 

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Views over to Ysgyryd Fawr, another go to favourite but lower down the list since they started making you pay to park at the bottom. 😦

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There is a very short rocky ridge on the top which I always enjoy and makes  for a great photo foreground.

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The summit was surprisingly quiet but we didn’t linger as the skies started to threaten rain.

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This led us to abandon our plan, instead finding a new and very pleasant route that traversed through fields and woods from one ridge to another. We rather liked the gnarly trees.

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A simple walk of around 5.5 miles but nice to find a subtley different variation on a grand mini mountain.

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It was also great to be out walking with TJS again, familiar territory, familiar company.

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11 responses to “Old Places – Sugar Loaf

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  1. Always nice when you can see something rather than invisible summits. Good mist pockets.

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    Blue Sky Scotland
  2. A lovely walk. You captured the low lying mist just right.

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    Brenda-Dawn Linney
  3. I’m sure it’s wonderful to have your son home for the holidays!

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  4. I’ve passed this hill many times when driving down to South Wales over the years both for work (we have a client wit a factory in Cwmbran) and when visiting family when my parents lived in Caerfilli ( if I drove down the scenic route). Always fancied climbing it but never have

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