Due to a very windy forecast we decided to head out for a short walk at a relatively low altitude, as even on the summit of Sugar Loaf the wind was 40mph gusting to 60mph.

We decided to head up the small peak of Skirrid, which is to the east of the Black Mountains, and as it turns out has a fantastic view of Sugar Loaf and the Black Mountains.

The walk around the base was pleasant, but a bit breezy. As we ascended up the steep north ridge it got progressively more windy, until about 10m below the summit. At this point the wind became exceedingly strong, to the point that standing up was very difficult!

After a very quick walk down the south ridge we were back at the car in time to go for Sunday lunch at the Skirrid Inn.

Sugar Loaf in the sun
Enjoying the sun while out of the wind
Sugar Loaf and the Black Mountains
Hiding from the wind
Atmospheric light on the descent
Weather closing in over the Black Mountains
Looking over Monmouthshire