St Mary’s Vale at the foot of the Sugar Loaf in Wales is a beautiful hidden gem. You really do feel like you’re walking in a magical fairy tale.
We’ve included this walk as it’s only about an hour away from Bristol and it’s stunning, especially when we visited in autumn.
After parking, take the path on the left that goes past a house on the right with amazing views of Abergavenny on your left. Within a few minutes, you will walk through a gate into the woodland. We saw quite a few families with dogs and small kids in wellies, so it’s obviously a loved family walk!
At the base of the valley is the Nant stream, with large towering trees forming a dense autumn canopy overhead and a carpet of leaves on the floor. It’s so picturesque and peaceful. The stream was quite deep that day as there had been so much rain, so you will definitely need wellies! We walked up the stream, taking our time, before veering off to the left, past some houses until we found a specular view of Abergavveny and Wales. Going back on ourselves, we walked up the other side of the valley for a while and saw free roaming sheep, baa-ing comically loudly at us.
Our walk lasted about an hour as we had our friend’s little ones with us, but you could explore this area for hours, even extending it to walk up to the top of Sugar Loaf.
After, drop into the Sugarloaf Vineyards cafe on the way back down for some excellent coffee and cake or a cheeky glass of wine. They are dog friendly outside, have amazing views and it’s a great place to relax after. Check the opening times before your visit.
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