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The Horseshoe Pass
Horseshoe Pass
(Welsh: Bwlch yr Oernant, "Pass of the Cold Stream") is a mountain pass in Denbighshire, north-east Wales. It separates Llantysilio Mountain
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
Llandegla
to Llangollen
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. References[edit]

Llandegla
Llandegla
Millennium Action Group (2003) Llandegla
Llandegla
Then and Now, LMAG, Llandegla.

Sheep in a Horseshoe Pass
Horseshoe Pass
lay-by September 2005

External links[edit]

Historic Landscape Characterisation - The Vale of Llangollen: Maesyrychen, Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust Horseshoe Pass
Horseshoe Pass
walk, BBC HorseShoe Pass Denbighshire, Positively North Wales

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