from the Cambrian coast to the mountains of Snowdonia
WINTER SUNDAY TRIPS from BARMOUTH

Express Motors "2" Bus    
Arriva Sunday "S97" Sherpa    
by



via Porthmadog
Aberglaslyn Pass
and Beddgelert
to the mountains
of Snowdonia



    Express Motors "S2" Sherpa
    former Padarn "S4" Sherpa

    (now withdrawn)


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  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found

The alternative is to leave your car behind and use the
Snowdon Sherpa Bus network

It is now possible to make a Sunday day or afternoon trip
from Barmouth to Snowdonia


On Sundays and Public Holidays the 1205 "2" Bus from Barmouth to Porthmadog/Bangor
a) connects at Porthmadog for Beddgelert, Pen-y-Pass, Capel Curig or Betws-y-Coed
b) connects at Porthmadog for an afternoon Snowdon Sherpa anticlockwise circuit of Snowdon
c) connects at Caernarfon for Llanberis
d) connects at Caernarfon for an afternoon Snowdon Sherpa clockwise circuit of Snowdon

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  The following "timetables" enable visitors to leave the car behind and head for the Snowdonia hills
without the worry of finding somewhere to park and paying for the priveledge !

Suggested timings are shown below and all the trips featured can all be done for just 6.80 using a "Red Rover"
which is valid all day on any bus in Gwynedd - this gives you the flexibility to change your mind
if you suddenly decide to go elsewhere or stop off en-route !
(Purchase from the driver of your first bus)


 
  B E W A R E ....................... !!!
The last Sunday connection from Llanberis to Caernarfon into the
1650 "2" from Caernarfon to Barmouth via Harlech now departs earlier at 1501

During the summer there is a later "S2" Sherpa departure at 1530 via Pen-y-Pass
~~~~~~~~~~
Alternatively there is a later 1731 "88" bus departure from Llanberis to Caernarfon
to connect into the 1810 "T2" to Machynlleth
(note - change at Dolgellau for Barmouth only - it does NOT serve Harlech)
 

This "unofficial" website attempts to show what services are available
It contains composite timetables of connecting services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
where a change of bus is necessary --- hopefully it will help you plan your days out
It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
You can click on any underlined location to go direct to the appropriate timetable


Snowdon Sherpa
Sundays - 13th November 2016 to 9th April 2017
(also Public Holidays Tuesday 27th December and Monday 2nd January )

NO service on Christmas Day,  Boxing Day  or  New Year's Day
  Click here for suggested Sunday and Public Holiday itineraries from 14th April to 5th November 2017
Click here for suggested Mondays to Saturday itineraries from Barmouth
"Trips around Snowdonia - without your car"
from Barmouth
  (also Dolgellau and Harlech)
Winter is an ideal time to see the views after the trees shed their leaves
and you may be lucky to see snow on the hills !
 Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return Sunday Sherpa buses to Barmouth are as follows...... 
Betws-y-Coed via Barmouth (S2-S97-2) - connection depart 1548 (change at Pen-y-Pass and Porthmadog)
Capel Curig via Barmouth (S2-S97-2) - connection depart 1600 (change at Pen-y-Pass and Porthmadog)
Llyn Ogwen to Barmouth (S2-S2-S97-2) - former "S2" Sherpa WITHDRAWN
Llanberis to Barmouth (S2-S97-2) - connection depart 1430 (change at Pen-y-Pass and Porthmadog)
Pen-y-Pass to Barmouth (S97-2) - depart 16.40 (change at Porthmadog)
Beddgelert to Barmouth (S97-2) - depart 17.10 (change at Porthmadog)
Caernarfon to Harlech-Barmouth (2) - depart 16.50
(a later T2-T3 connection to Barmouth only is available at 1810 via Dolgellau (with a 2 hour wait)
Llanberis to Barmouth (88-2) - connection depart 1501 (change at Caernarfon)
(a later 88-T2-T3 connection to Barmouth only is available at 1731 via Dolgellau (with a 2 hour wait)
Porthmadog to Harlech-Barmouth (2) - depart 17.35
(a later T2-T3 connection to Barmouth only is available at 1850 via Dolgellau (with a 2 hour wait)
Sunday journeys between Barmouth and Porthmadog appear in various publications as "2" "2S" (for Sunday) or "T2"
There is ONLY one journey - irrespective of the number shown in the publication or on the front of the bus !!!!!

               
BEDDGELERT   or   PEN-Y-PASS  or   BETWS-Y-COED
SNOWDON  

via Aberglaslyn Pass,  Nant Gwynant Pass,   the Twin Lakes,   Capel Curig,  and Swallow Falls
stopping off for lunch  and/or  tea/coffee  and/or  a short walk to suit yourself

Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
 
Outward
   
Return
 
             
 
T3
2
S97
S2
S97
 
S97
S2
S97
2
T3
Corwen   dep
1000
-
-
-
-
Betws-y-Coed   dep
-
15.48
-
-
-
Bala   dep
1035
-
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass   dep
1415
16.10
16.40
-
-
Dolgellau   dep
1120
-
-
-
-
Beddgelert   dep
1435
-
17.10
-
-
Barmouth   dep
1140
12.05
-
-
-
Porthmadog
1500
-
17.30
17.35
-
Harlech   dep
-
12.31
-
-
-
Harlech   arr
-
-
-
18.10
-
Porthmadog
-
13.10
13.30
-
1600
Barmouth   arr
-
-
-
18.40
1920
Beddgelert   arr  
-
-
13.49
-
1619
Dolgellau   arr
-
-
-
19.04
1940
 Pen-y-Pass (for Snowdon)   arr   
-
-
14.12
14.55
1638
Bala   arr
-
-
-
-
2015
Betws-y-Coed   arr
-
-
-
15.17
-
Corwen   arr
-
-
-
-
2050



13.30 - Sherpa journey    
1415 - alternative Sherpa journey (in case it is wet and you wish to change your mind on the day and return to Beddgelert or the coast)    
1000 - non-Sherpa connecting services     12.05 - non-Sherpa journey    
Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
If you are feeling more energetic why not alight from the Sherpa at Pont Aberglaslyn (arrive 13.43) and walk along the Fisherman's Path    
to Beddgelert ----- suitable shoes should be worn as the path can be wet and muddy at any time of the year !
   
 
Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and Snowdon)    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
CAERNARFON
stopping off for lunch  and/or  tea/coffee  and/or  a short walk round Caernarfon to suit yourself
or continue onto LLANBERIS
(out and back along the northern side of Snowdon and running alongside Llyn Padarn)
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
 
Outward
 
Return
 
2
T3
T2
88
 
T3
2
88
 
88
2
T3
 
88
T2
T2
T3
Corwen   dep
-
0825
-
-
1000
-
-
Llanberis
1501
-
-
1731
-
-
-
Bala   dep
-
0845
-
-
1035
-
-
Caernarfon
1525
16.50
-
1755
1810
-
-
Dolgellau   dep
-
0915
10.15
-
1120
-
-
Porthmadog
-
17.35
-
-
1850
-
-
Barmouth   dep
09.40
-
|
-
1140
12.05
-
Dolgellau
-
|
-
-
1935
1940
2145
Harlech   dep
10.06
-
|
-
-
12.31
-
Harlech   arr
-
18.10
-
-
-
|
|
Oakley Arms
10.30
-
10.50
-
-
|
-
Barmouth   arr
-
18.40
1920
-
-
|
2205
Caernarfon
-
-
11.50
1235
-
13.55
1435
Dolgellau   arr
-
19.04
1940
-
-
|
-
Llanberis
-
-
-
1259
-
-
1459
Bala   arr
-
-
2015
-
-
2015
-
 
 
Corwen   arr
-
-
2050
-
-
2050
-
09.40 - non-Sherpa journey     0825 - non-Sherpa connecting services    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

         
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
clockwise - via Caernarfon,   Llanberis,  Pen-y-Pass,   Beddgelert  and  Porthmadog

stopping off for coffee/tea/lunch at Caernarfon and time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon at Pen-y-Pass

Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
   
 
 
 
no later connections in the winter
 
 
 
2
T3
T2
88
S2
S97
S2
T3
2
88
S2
S97
2
T3
Corwen   dep
-
0825
-
-
-
-
-
1000
-
-
-
-
-
-
Bala   dep
-
0845
-
-
-
-
-
1035
-
-
-
-
-
-
Dolgellau   dep
-
0915
10.15
-
-
-
-
1120
-
-
-
-
-
-
Barmouth   dep
09.40
-
|
-
-
-
-
1140
12.05
-
-
-
-
-
Harlech   dep
10.06
-
|
-
-
-
-
-
12.31
-
-
-
-
-
Oakley Arms
10.30
-
10.50
-
-
-
-
-
12.53
-
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon
-
-
11.50
12.35
-
-
-
-
13.55
14.35
-
-
-
-
Llanberis
-
-
-
12.59
no earlier
Sherpa in
the winter
-
14.30
-
-
14.59
no later
Sherpa in
the winter
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  
-
-
-
-
14.15
14.55
-
-
-
16.40
-
-
Beddgelert  
-
-
-
-
-
14.35
-
-
-
-
-
17.10
-
-
Porthmadog
-
-
-
-
-
15.00
-
-
-
-
-
17.30
17.35
-
Harlech   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18.10
-
Barmouth   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18.40
1920
Dolgellau   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
19.04
1940
Bala   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2015
Corwen   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2050



14.30 - Sherpa journey    
09.40 - non-Sherpa journey     0825 - non-Sherpa connecting services    
Pen-y-Pass --- time for a short walk on the foothills of Snowdon     along the Miners Path towards     Llyn Glaslyn (and Snowdon)  
Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

           
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
anticlockwise - via Porthmadog,   Beddgelert,  Pen-y-Pass,   Llanberis  and  Caernarfon

stopping off for coffee/tea at Pen-y-Pass, Llanberis and/or Caernarfon to suit yourself

 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
   
 
2
T3
T2
 
T3
2
S97
S2
 
S2
88
 
S2
88
T2
T3
T3
Corwen   dep
-
0825
-
1000
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Bala   dep
-
0845
-
1035
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Dolgellau   dep
-
0915
10.15
1120
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Barmouth   dep
09.40
-
|
1140
12.05
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Harlech   dep
  |*
-
|
-
  |*
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Oakley Arms
10.30
-
10.50
-
|
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Porthmadog
-
-
11.08
-
13.10
13.30
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass
-
-
-
-
-
14.12
no earlier
Sherpa in
the winter
16.10
-
no later
Sherpa in
the winter
-
-
-
-
Llanberis
-
-
-
-
-
-
16.25
16.31
17.31
-
-
-
Caernarfon
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
16.55
-
17.55
18.10
-
-
Porthmadog
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
18.50
-
-
Harlech   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
  |*
-
-
Dolgellau   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
19.35
1940
2145
Barmouth   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
|
2205
Bala   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2015
-
Corwen   arr
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
-
2050
-
13.30 - Sherpa journey    
09.40 - non-Sherpa journey     0825 - non-Sherpa connecting services    
* - these outward journeys call Harlech at 1006 and 1231 outward  but there is no return journey under this option    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

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Bangor - Snowdonia   (via Llanberis)
Barmouth - Snowdonia   (via Porthmadog)
Bethesda - Capel Curig - Betws-y-Coed
Bethesda - Capel Curig - Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed - Capel Curig - Bethesda
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno   (connections)
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Porthmadog
Caernarfon/Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Llandudno
Caernarfon (WHRly) - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
Corwen - Llanrwst - Llandudno
Llanberis Pass   (Park and Ride)
Llanberis - Capel Curig - Bethesda
Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Llanberis - Beddgelert - Caernarfon/Porthmadog
Llandudno/Colwyn Bay - Betws-y-Coed   (connections)
Llandudno - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
Llandudno - Llanrwst - Corwen
Llandudno - Snowdonia (via Betws-y-Coed)
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon (WHRly)
Porthmadog/Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Porthmadog - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Pwllheli - Snowdonia   (via Porthmadog)
Snowdonia - Bangor (via Llanberis) 
Snowdonia - Barmouth   (via Porthmadog)
 Snowdonia - Llandudno (via Betws-y-Coed or Caernarfon) 
Snowdonia - Pwllheli   (via Porthmadog)
Climb Snowdon - with the Sherpas   (summary)
Ride Round Snowdon - with the Sherpas   (summary)

Suggested weekday trips from Barmouth
Suggested weekday trips from Beddgelert
Suggested weekday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested weekday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested weekday trips from Conwy
Suggested weekday trips from Corwen
Suggested weekday trips from Llanberis
Suggested weekday trips from Llandudno
Suggested weekday trips from Llanrwst
Suggested weekday trips from Porthmadog

Suggested Sunday trips from Barmouth
Suggested Sunday trips from Beddgelert
Suggested Sunday trips from Betws-y-Coed
Suggested Sunday trips from Caernarfon
Suggested Sunday trips from Conwy
Suggested Sunday trips from Llanberis
Suggested Sunday trips from Llandudno
Suggested Sunday trips from Llanrwst
Suggested Sunday trips from Porthmadog
Suggested Sunday trips from Pwllheli

Suggested weekday trips from
Suggested Sunday trips from
North Wales Coast Railway stations
(via Betws-y-Coed)

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