Cyrn-y-Brain may be 565m high but you don’t have to try too hard to reach its top. This heathery hill sits above Llandegla Forest and can be reached easily from Horseshoe Pass (from a height cheating position of 417m). The relative ease of access ensures its popularity - the lure of some rather splendid views from its summit being hard to resist on clear day.
From the top of the Horseshoe Pass a stoney track leads up the heathery slopes and past a transmitter mast. Soon after another mast is reached and shortly after the trig point and the ruin of Sir Watkin’s Tower – a well-known landowner in the late 18th/early 19th century constructed this folly on a Bronze age cairn. The views from here are suitably panoramic – in good weather you can gaze out towards Cheshire, the Pennines and the distant peaks of Snowdonia.
The walk can be extended with a variety of circular options available. One possible route follows the Offa’s Dyke path through Llandegla forest before looping back westwards to the top of the Horseshoe Pass. Another option is to sweep southwards into the top of the Eglwyseg valley and visits Craig y Forwyn and World’s End.
There is plenty of parking space by the Ponderosa Café at the top of the Horseshoe Pass.
Mostly good tracks and footpaths, although variable in places.
Safety & Access
Enjoy the Mountains Safely. Here are a few words of advice from Snowdonia’s Mountain Safe Partnership.
1. Prepare Well
have the right equipment with you for the best and worst-case scenario! You’ll need a map and compass, torch, food and drink, whistle, first aid kit and a fully charged mobile phone.
2. Have the latest weather and ground information.
Check the Met Office Mountain Weather forecast for Snowdonia before you set out and be prepared to turn back if the weather worsens – the mountains will still be here for you to enjoy the next time you visit.
3. Dress appropriately
the weather and temperature can change dramatically between the foot of the mountain and the summit. You’ll need strong walking boots, several layers of clothing including warm ones, gloves, a hat and waterproof jacket and trousers.
4. Know where you're going
Plan your route before setting off and ask for local advice. Have a map and compass and know how to use them and choose a route which is suitable for you and your group’s experience and fitness level. Find out how long it should take and when it gets dark.
5. Know your limits
whilst being very enjoyable, getting out into the mountains can be hard work – challenge yourself but be aware of the fitness levels, and experience of the group as a whole – not just your own.
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Hill walking and mountaineering are activities with a danger of personal injury or death. Participants in these activities should be aware of and accept these risks and be responsible for their own actions and involvement.