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Monmouthshire County Council has worked with local partners to improve safety on the lane leading to Llanwenarth car park as visitors enjoy Sugar Loaf Mountain this summer.

Working in partnership with the National Trust, Bannau Brycheiniog National Park Authority and Abergavenny Town Council. Visitors will notice changes on the route approaching the Llanwenarth car park. 

From 17th May parking restrictions will be introduced on the road up to Llanwenarth car park, with double yellow lines leading up to the designated parking. These measures are intended to remove instances of inappropriate parking along the lane and improve access for everyone using the mountain car park.

This has been achieved thanks to SPF funding (£2,800), and an additional £3,000 being funded jointly by Abergavenny Town Council and National Trust.

All partners want visitors and locals to enjoy this beautiful mountain and to be able to access in a safe manner. The changes are aimed at assisting this and deterring visitors from parking along the narrow lane to make it safer for everyone. They also protect the mountain by making sure visitors don’t park on the banks near the lane. 

If you plan on visiting this summer or over the upcoming bank holidays, remember to plan ahead. As we all know, the weather in Wales can change quickly. Make sure you pack for all weather and have suitable shoes. Keep to the signed paths and take your litter home or to the nearest bin. 

The working partnership will also see a new CCTV system installed to monitor usage and deter any potential instances of antisocial behaviour on the mountain. Visitors are reminded that they should not light barbecues or bonfires at any time of the year on any part of the mountain. Fires can quickly become out of control and destroy rare habitats and wildlife, endangering others who may be on the mountain at the same time. 

Monmouthshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Climate Change and the Environment, Cllr Catrin Maby, said: “The new parking restrictions will ensure that residents and visitors can remain safe as they visit Sugar Loaf Mountain. Thank you to our partners for their contribution to the changes. 

When you visit Monmouthshire, please help us to keep it beautiful by putting any rubbish in the bins provided, or taking it home.”

The working partnership between different authorities will ensure that everyone can enjoy the beautiful landscapes on the doorsteps of our towns and villages. 

Across the county, we have some of the most beautiful landscapes and walking routes in the country. In Abergavenny alone, visitors can access a number of different routes from the town. If you are looking for a more relaxed walk, why not take a walk up the Deri, Mynydd Llanwenarth, or St Mary’s Vale? With well-marked footpaths and circular walks for most abilities, the ancient woodland will provide views across the Usk Valley and over to Bettws and Forest Coal Pit.  For more information on walks available across Monmouthshire please visit