from the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia
WINTER WEEKDAY TRIPS from CAERNARFON

Gwynfor Sherpa      

former Express Motors Sherpa      

by







  S4 Caernarfon-Beddgelert/Pen-y-Pass
     Express Motors Sherpa
  S97 Beddgelert-Porthmadog & Pen-y-Pass
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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

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)


(Some suggested trips can be for considerably less if you stick to the suggested itinerary
- check the start of the individual itineries to see which ticket to purchase)


LATEST.....
"Express Motors" have ceased to operate any service
The Sherpa network (except the Sunday "S97") is now being operated by "Gwynfor Coaches"


BEWARE - MANY existing connections at Beddgelert have been either SEVERED or considerably extended
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
MAKE SURE YOU ARE NOT CAUGHT OUT !!!

BEWARE..........
The level of the connecting service "88" between Caernarfon and Llanberis has been roughly halved and is now operated by Arriva *
* - an aditional weekday slightly-later "88" connecting journey has been added
(since the initial timetable was made public)
Please check the revised times very carefully as some previous connections have now been broken !

In many cases it is now quicker to change at Pen-y-Pass and use the direct "S4" Sherpa to/from Caernarfon

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
Mondays to Saturdays - 2nd January to 23rd March 2018
  Click here for suggested Monday to Saturday itineries from 24th March to 10th April 2018
Click here for suggested Sunday and Public Holiday itineries from Caernarfon
"Trips around Snowdonia - without your car"
from Caernarfon

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 weekday buses to Caernarfon are as follows......

Pen-y-Pass* to Caernarfon via Beddgelert (S4) - depart 1630
Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S2-S4) - connection depart 1548 (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S2-S4) - connection depart 1600 (change at Pen-y-Pass)
Nant Gwynant*   to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 1642
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 17.55
Porthmadog to Caernarfon (S97-S4) - connection depart 1715  (change at Beddgelert)
Rhyd Ddu* to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 18.01
Snowdon Ranger*  to Caernarfon (S4) - depart 1803

Llanberis*  to Caernarfon (88) - depart 17.30
Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S2-88) - connection depart 1548 (change at Llanberis)
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S2-88) - connection depart 1600 (change at Llanberis)
Llyn Ogwen to Caernarfon (6B-S2-88) - there are no connecting journeys in the winter)
Pen-y-Pass*  to Caernarfon (S2-88) - connection depart 1610  (change at Llanberis)
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S4-S2-88) - connection depart 1412 (change at Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis)
Nant Gwynant* to Caernarfon (S4-S2-88) - connection depart 1417 (change at Pen-y-Pass and Llanberis)


Green - all Sherpa journeys       Gold - partially or fully non-Sherpa services

* - start of path up Snowdon - click here for more details


  OPTION ONE   spend the day in Betws-y-Coed with the option of time for a tea or coffee at Beddgelert and/or Betws-y-Coed
   Click here for alternative Sherpa trips to Betws-y-Coed/Llanrwst via Llanberis
   Click here for alternative Sherpa trips to Beddgelert and/or Porthmadog

     Click here if you want to climb Snowdon
 or if you want to make a simple journey round Snowdon
     - click for the clockwise or anticlockwise summary timetables  otherwise..........



               
BEDDGELERT   and   BETWS-Y-COED
(via Llyn Cwellyn and the Nant Gwynant pass)
stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus
 
Outward
   
Return
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S4
S4
S2
S4
S4
S2
S4
S4
S2
 
S2
S4
S2
S4
S2
S4
S4
Caernarfon
07.20
09.15
-
10.10
11.00
-
13.00
13.40
-
Betws-y-Coed
11.10
-
13.40
-
15.48
-
-
Beddgelert
07.50
09.47
-
10.40
11.32
-
13.30
15.12
-
Pen-y-Pass
11.35
11.50
14.05
14.30
16.10
16.30
-
Pen-y-Pass
-
10.05
10.25
-
11.50
12.25
-
14.13
14.55
Beddgelert
-
12.10
-
14.50
-
16.50
17.55
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
10.50
-
-
12.50
-
-
14.50
Caernarfon
-
12.40
-
15.20
-
17.20
18.25
09.15 - Sherpa journey    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
BETWS-Y-COED
(via Llanberis and the Llanbeis pass)
stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus
 
Outward
   
Return
LSch
S+LSH
                   
 
S2
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
88
S2
 
S2
88
S2
S2
88
S2
Caernarfon
07.05
07.35
0810
-
0925
-
1010
-
1050
-
1250
-
1330
-
Betws-y-Coed
13.40
-
no
1440
Sherpa
in the
winter
15.48
-
no later
S2 Sherpa
to Llanberis
WITH A
CONNECTION
BACK TO
CAERNARFON
Llanberis
Joe Brown
07.30
08.00
0839
no
0900
Sherpa
in the
winter
0954
10.00
1039
no
1100
Sherpa
in the
winter
1119
12.00
1319
no
1330
Sherpa
in the
winter
1359
14.30
Pen-y-Pass
14.05
-
16.10
-
Llanberis
Maes Peris
14.20
1510
16.25
1700
Pen-y-Pass
07.55
08.25
-
-
10.25
-
-
12.25
-
-
14.55
Betws-y-Coed
08.17
08.47
-
-
10.47
-
-
12.47
-
-
15.17
Caernarfon
-
1542
-
-
1732
10.00 - Sherpa journey    
  LSch - local (Llanrwst) School Days only       S+LSH - Saturdays also Mondays to Fridays during local (Llanrwst) School Holidays    
  latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables on the official Gwynedd CC or Conwy CC websites  and any subsequent amendments thereto  

               
BEDDGELERT   and   PORTHMADOG
via Llyn Cwellyn and the Aberglaslyn pass

stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
 
Outward
   
Return
 
M-F
Sat
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alternative
later journeys
S4
S97
S97
S4
S97
S4
S4
S97
S4
S4
S97
S97
S4
S97
S4
S97
S4
T2
T2
Caernarfon
07.20
-
-
09.15
-
10.10
11.00
-
13.00
13.40
-
Porthmadog
14.10
-
15.20
-
17.15
-
1825
2025
Beddgelert
07.50
08.15
08.35
09.45
10.40
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10.40
11.30
13.40
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13.40
14.10
14.40
Beddgelert
14.33
14.50
15.43 *
16.50
17.34
17.55
via
Pen-y-Groes
Porthmadog
-
08.50
09.00
-
11.05
 
-
-
14.05
-
 
-
15.05
Caernarfon
-
15.20
-
17.20
-
18.25
1908
2108
09.15 - Sherpa journey    
* - on Schooldays operates via Porthmadog school then runs 16 minutes later to Beddgelert arrive 1559    
  M-F - Mondays to Fridays only       Sat - Saturdays    
% - whilst in theory is is possible to catch the earlier "S97" at Beddgelert - as it is less than 5 minutes it is NOT recognised as a connection by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner,"    
but if you do make it you will get to Porthmadog much earlier    
  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  Llanberis,   Pen-y-Pass  and   Beddgelert
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE circuit
                       
LSch
S+LSH
88
S2
S4
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4
88
S2
88
S2
S4
S4
Caernarfon dep
07.05
07.35
0810
-
-
-
0925
-
1010
-
-
1050
-
1250
-
-
1330
-
1410
-
-
-
Llanberis
07.30
08.00
0839
no 0900
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
0954
10.00
1042
no 1100
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
1122
12.00
1319
no 1330
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
1359
14.30
1439
no 1530
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  
07.55
08.25
-
 
10.05
 
-
 
-
10.25
-
 
11.50
 
-
12.25
-
 
14.30
 
-
14.55
-
 
16.30
 
-
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>
Beddgelert  
-
-
-
-
10.25
11.35
-
-
-
-
12.10
-
-
-
-
14.50
-
-
-
-
16.50
17.55
Caernarfon arr
-
-
-
-
10.55
11.05
-
-
-
-
12.40
-
-
-
-
15.20
-
-
-
-
17.20
18.25




09.50 - Sherpa journey    
  LSch - local (Llanrwst) School Days only       S+LSH - Saturdays also Mondays to Fridays during local (Llanrwst) School Holidays    
0810 - non-Sherpa connecting services - "5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" NOT valid on these journeys    
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 Beddgelert,  Pen-y-Pass  and  Llanberis
Summary Timetable

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
stop off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself

 
Purchase a 6.80 RED ROVER day ticket from the driver of your first bus to cover the COMPLETE trip
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
S4
S4
S2
88
S2
88
S4
S4
S2
88
S2
88
S4
S4
S2
S2
88
Caernarfon dep
07.20
09.15
-
-
-
-
10.10
11.00
-
-
-
-
13.00
13.40
-
-
-
Beddgelert  
07.50
09.47
-
-
-
-
10.40
11.32
-
-
-
-
13.40
14.12
-
-
-
Pen-y-Pass  
-
10.05
no 1035
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
11.35
-
-
11.50
no 1235
Sherpa
in the
winter
-
13.35
-
-
14.30
no 1505
Sherpa
in the
winter
16.10
-
Llanberis Maes Peris
-
-
1125
11.45
1205
-
-
1325
13.50
1405
-
-
16.25
1700
Caernarfon arr
-
-
-
1157
-
1237
-
-
-
1357
-
1437
-
-
-
-
1732




09.15 - Sherpa journey    
1125 - non-Sherpa connecting services - "5 Snowdon Sherpa Day Ticket" NOT valid on these journeys    
Beddgelert --- time for a short stroll along the side of the River Glaslyn past Gelert's Grave to the Aberslaslyn pass        
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  

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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 Saturday trips from Bethesda
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 Bethesda
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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