The Horseshoe Pass (Welsh: Bwlch yr Oernant, "Pass of the Cold
Stream") is a mountain pass in Denbighshire, north-east Wales. It
separates Llantysilio Mountain to the west from the 565 metre (1,854
feet) mountain and Marilyn Cyrn-y-Brain to the east. The A542 road
from Llandegla to Llangollen runs through the pass, reaching a maximum
height of 417 metres (1,368 ft). The road travels in a horseshoe
shape around the sides of a valley, giving the pass its English name.
This route dates from 1811, when a turnpike road was constructed
across the area. As with the rest of the roads in the Clwydian Range,
it is not uncommon for sheep to gather in the road, sometimes causing
problems for drivers. The road is also frequently closed in winter due
to snowfall or landslides.
The Pass is well known for the Ponderosa cafe at its highest point and
the scenic views along the road. Both the cafe and the pass itself
are extremely popular with cyclists & motorcyclists. There are
many walks and routes in the immediate area that are popular with
hikers, and there are a number of campsites nearby.
Llandegla Millennium Action Group (2003) Llandegla Then and Now, LMAG,
Sheep in a Horseshoe Pass lay-bySeptember 2005
Historic Landscape Characterisation - The Vale of Llangollen:
Maesyrychen, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust
Horseshoe Pass walk, BBC
HorseShoe Pass Denbighshire, Positively North Wales
This Denbighshire location article is a stub. You can help