Horseshoe Pass, Llangollen

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The Horseshoe Pass is a mountain pass in Denbighshire, north-east Wales. It separates Llantysilio Mountain to the west from the 565 metre 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 417m. The road travels in a horseshoe shape around the sides of a valley, giving the pass its 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.
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  • Although we visited in rain, this journey is really worthwhile. Great views and a "Shop in the Clouds" with a grea selection of gifts and a wonderful cafe with very good food. Visit here!!  more »
  • When driving up to the horseshoe pass, the scenery is spectacular, visions of times gone by with the slate mines. When at the top the cafe, there is very popular with bikers and other tourists but a g...  more »
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  • A place to go if you want peace and quiet - for a nice drive. Beautiful views, lots of nature and sheep!
  • Lovely drive up through the Pass from Llangollen via the Horseshoe Falls.
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