20090517_Sugar Loaf Linear Walk – The Leaders Blurb.
When : 17th May 2009
Who : Coventry CHA Rambling Club
The following is a copy of the info sheet each of us received to read on the coach, during the journey from Coventry to Abergavenny; allowing us to decide which level of strenuosity we would want to do from the three options on offer.
Now is probably as good a time as any to give a link to The Cov’ CHA’s website. It’s not a big complicated site and all the important information is straight forward to navigate around … http://www.coventrycha.co.uk/
ABERGAVENNY, CRICKHOWELL, GWENT.
Leaders – A-Julian Stanley. B-Richard Satchwell. C-Neville Russell.
THE COACH WILL NOT BE ABLE TO MEET ANY PARTIES FOR LUNCH.
THE COACH WILL REMAIN IN ABERGAVENNY UNTIL 5:30.
THE C PARTY MUST BE BACK ON THE COACH BY 5.15.
A and B PARTIES HAVE A PUB AT THEIR LUNCH BREAKS.
A AND B END WALKS IN CRICKHOWELL WHERE WE AIM TO LEAVE BY 6pm.
WE AIM TO BE BACK IN COVENTRY BY 8.30pm.
WALKS IN BRIEF :
A – STRENUOUS. 10 MILES 2400 FEET OF CLIMBING.
B – STRENUOUS. 7 MILES 1900 FEET OF CLIMBING.
C – MAINLY FLAT. SLIGHT CLIMB. MINOR CHALLENGES. 5 Mls 180 Ft.
A & B WALKS – Start their walks together from the car park of the Lamb & Flag pub a little outside Abergavenny Town. The route for both parties climbs behind the pub to lane which rises steeply 600’ to meet the slopes of Mynydd Llanwenarth. _ Grand views should begin to appear. – Following the ridge of Llanwenarth the route climbs more gradually to a height of 1400’ where a final steep ascent brings the walk to the summit of Sugarloaf at 1955 feet.
A PARTY – Continues to descend along bridleways and lanes to follow a small river to the village of Llanbedr, The Red Lion and lunch.
After lunch the walk follows a lane a short distance then climbs steeply through fields to the summit of Table Mountain at 1481 feet. From here the route is all downhill through fields and lanes to Crickhowell where there will be time for refreshment before meeting the coach.
B PARTY – Continues to descend along the route of old green lanes to the village of Llangenny, The Dragon pub and lunch. After lunch a short steep climb brings the walk to a footpath and direct route between fields to Crickhowell where there will be time for refreshment before boarding the coach.
C PARTY – Start their walk from the coach park in Abergavenny. The walk follows the River Usk west for two miles to just beyond a dissused ferry crossing. (This first section has a few yards of erosion which with a little assistance can be by-passed). From this point the walk turns north through fields and lanes to cross the A40 and ascend a sunken lane. The lane is likely to be wet but soon arrives at a farmstead, a good track and views over the valley. The walk follows the track and a couple of fields to arrive at a lane and vineyard. The vineyard has a shop and café and allows unguided tours. The route now follows narrow lanes and attractive residential areas back into Abergavenny where more refreshment can be found.
Please be back at the coach for 5.15. — The coach will leave at 5.30 to pick up A & B walkers and return to Coventry.
NOTE : WALKS & SCHEDULES MAY CHANGE DUE TO WEATHER CONDITIONS AND PROGRESS. PLEASE CONSULT WITH LEADERS.
When the leaders put the above info’ sheet together, especially the last paragraph, I’m sure they didn’t really expect what the weather actually threw at them. Their task didn’t get any easier when Julian Stanley the (A-leader) became unwell on the journey down and was unable to lead the walk … Julie [sorry Julie, I don’t know your second name] took over and joined Richard Satchwell (the B-leader) to take us up and down Sugar Loaf. The few pic’s avove are from the actual day.
I’ve posted a diary post of how the walk actually panned out … if you want to have a read the following link should hopefully take you straight to it ….
I hope you enjoyed my scribblings …. Next walk = 20090620_Bilton and Dunchurch Circular Walk.
Links to a couple of the pubs mentioned :
The Lamb and Flag, Abergavenny : http://www.lambflag.com/lambandflag-contact.html
The Dragon’s Head, Llangenny, Near Crickhowell : They do not have a web-site, but they can be contacted by Email : email@example.com or Telephone : 01873 810350
For more info on the area I guess The Crickhowell Information centre would be as good a starting point as any, and maybe better than some.