Llangollen to Horseshoe Pass by Open Top Bus

Llangollen to Horseshoe Pass by Open Top Bus
The 1964 open top AEC London Routemaster is pictured at the Horseshoe Pass Summit.Tom Harrison

We joined Routemaster 4 Hire’s popular open top bus tour to The Pondorosa Cafe as we enjoyed stunning views of the Clwydian Range as we climb 1,368ft from Llangollen to the highest point of the Horseshoe Pass.

Experience amazing panoramic views from the top deck of a 1964 open top London AEC Routemaster bus as you are whisked away from the plethora of quaint cafés, bars, hotels, restaurants in Llangollen to two of the regions most stunning attractions – The Pondorosa Cafe at the summit of the Horseshoe Pass and the Pontcysyllte Aqueduct a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Passengers can lose themselves on an hour long summer tour as the open top Routemaster bus, operated by Routemaster 4 Hire, as it leaves Llangollen riverside, powering along the A542 into the winding roads and hills of North Wales, passing Valle Crucis Abbey, the Eglwyseg River and the Berwyn Slate Quarry to a cafe at the summit of the Horseshoe Pass – The Pondorosa Cafe.

If that doesn’t quite take your fancy, take a trip along the valley to Britain’s longest, highest aqueduct: the Unesco-listed Pontcysyllte. Carrying the Llangollen canal over the quaint River Dee, it was built by Thomas Telford and opened in 1805.

The bus stops at both locations for half an hour, giving those time to visit the Cafe, or those brave enough, time to walk along the aqueduct stomach-dropping towpath, 40 metres above the wooded valley below.

Fares are £8 for adults, £5 for senior/child £5 and £15 for all-day ticket (for both tours). A Summer Timetable is in operation until the end of August, with buses operating on ​​​Sundays, Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

  • 12pm to Horseshoe Pass
  • 1:10pm to Pontcysyllte
  • 2:15pm to Horseshoe Pass
  • 3:30pm to Pontcysyllte
  • 4:30pm to Horseshoe Pass

Both the Pontcysyllte tour and the Horseshoe Pass tour takes 60 minutes each. Both tours include a 30 minute stop at each destination, giving you plenty of time to take in the views. Learn more about the Llangollen Sightseeing Bus Tours on the Routemaster 4 Hire website.

Tom Harrison
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