Welcome  to  John's  Snowdon Sherpa  website


                             
LATEST..........
    DESPITE THE FACT IT IS WELL UNDER A MONTH TO GO..........
so far,   no announcement has been made about the winter Sherpa services,  but based on winter 2018-2019 and the fact Gwynfor has a five year contract to operate the Sherpas on behalf of the councils,  it is expected the number of "S2" journeys will again be "halved" for winter 2019-2020
    No changes are expected to be made to the connecting journeys,  but anything is possible nearer the time

This is the ONLY website about the "Snowdon Sherpa" bus network which is regularly updated with all the news,  mid-timetable corrections and service changes for both the Snowdon Sherpa services and all the local bus and train connecting journeys !!!
Unlike any of the official websites,  it also shows later alternative
non-Sherpa journeys (where available) as well as offering options
if you are unfortunate enough to miss the last Sherpas

A FULL ROUND-UP OF THE OFFICIAL WEBSITES CAN BE FOUND ON MY CONTACTS PAGE
BEWARE some are still not yet fully updated
Numerous errors have been spotted and these are highlighted to help you avoid falling for WRONG INFORMATION

Always better to be "fore-warned" than to be "caught out" !!!
(especially in Snowdonia where it is a long walk if you miss a 'non-existent' bus)


This website is produced purely as a hobby to help promote greater use of the
limited public transport to and across Snowdonia
which IS more than adequate for most journeys even in the mid-winter, but you need some careful pre-planning
It also gives some ideas in the form of suggested itineries for "days out" to Snowdionia both from locations on the Sherpa Network itself AND  from further afield using the various connecting servivces
It concentrates of giving the real "facts" rather than attempting to look "fancy" !!!

Comprehensive accurate official publicity for ALL services in Snowdonia
is difficult - if not impossible - to find
and unfortunately bus operators and councils often only show "their" journeys

It also attempts to warn visitors of potential "pitfalls" advised to me by others
and highlights numerous known errors in official publications
( "always far better to be 'pre-warned' than 'caught out' !!!! " )
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Sherpa journeys are normally shown in GREEN
with other bus journeys and connections in blue or black
Mid--timetable earlier re-timing are normally shown in BOLD BLUE (eg 0920) and
"warnings" about connections, regular overcrowding, etc. shown as "# - xxxxxxxxx"
Where available - later services via alternative non-Sherpa routes are shown
to prevent anyone being stranded - see individual tables for details
These are normally shown against a "gold" background
Sherpa tickets are not valid on these journeys but Red Rover Day Tickets are
Most Sherpa weekday journeys run every day but some operate either restricted days,
dates  and/or  LOCAL school holiday periods
(which are not always the same for Caernarfon, Conwy, Llanberis, Llanrwst or Porthmadog schools
- and very often differ from those "across the border")

These are identified by an appropriate note and usually times are shown against a
white background as an additional warning
Times at some intermediate locations vary by a few minutes in different official publications
Throughout this website, the earliest know time is used to ensure passenegers can
arrive in sufficient time to catch their Sherpa
Remember many roads in Snowdonia are very narrow and as a result of this
some Sherpa journeys can be delayed considerably by heavy traffic - so don't panic !

Throughout this website, clicking on underlined text will lead to another page or picture
--- IF this is another timetable it will be the current page and it may be necessary to follow the links on that page to a later period
To help you find your way round this website there is a timetable index at the bottom of every page with the page you are currently viewing shown in blue
Always check the page issue date in case there have been any updates since you last looked !!!

As with all websites,  errors can occasionally creep in, but your webmaster always appreciates advice
about anything, including any out of date page, links, etc. so it can be immediately corrected for the
benefit of the many other visitors to this website



this is an unofficial website and the latest times should always be confirmed from the individual timetables
on one of the County Council or another official website  along with any subsequent amendments thereto 

 
Gwynfor "S4" Sherpa        
Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert - Caernarfon  
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Llanberis  

Gwynfor "S2" Sherpa        
mid-winter at Pen-y-Pass
       
  Snowdon Sherpa  
Bus Timetables

unofficial website




Sherpa Network
"S1" - summer only
"S2" daily all-year
"S4" weekdays all-year
"S6" summer weekends only
"S97" daily all-year

        Gwynfor "S97" Sherpa
  Porthmadog - Beddgelert
  Conwy Valley
connections
        LLew Jones "X19" from Llandudno 

  R E M E M B E R ....................... !!!
Car Parking in Snowdonia is very limited and can be expensive if a space can be found
(the popular one at Pen-y-Pass is often full before 0900 on fine summer days)

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


This "unofficial" website attempts to show what is available by all operators
It contains composite timetables of connecting services on a cross-Snowdonia route basis
where a change of bus is usually necessary --- hopefully it will help you plan your days out

It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"
The majority of Snowdon Sherpa bus services are operated by modern low-floor minibuses
but are sometimes replaced by a larger bus during busy periods
There is no specific requirement for groups to pre-book, but ANY parties
are advised in their own interests to ring the operator the day before
to ensure a sufficiently large bus or duplicate is provided

Squeezing even a dozen extra passengers into a small minibus can sometimes be quite a challenge !!!!


 BEWARE....
Large wooden "Poster boards" with a network map appeared during summer 2011 at strategic locations throughout Snowdonia
but unfortunately they STILL contain some incorrect route numbers
Important - the "S97" does NOT normally continue beyond Beddgelert*


* - Some of the new Sunday Beddgelert - Pen-y-Pass and v.v. journeys now show
"S97" on the front of the bus in one direction and "S4" in the other and often only "Beddgelert" until they reach that point if they start from Porthmadog or Caernarfon
THERE IS ALWAYS ONLY ONE BUS - SO DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND !!!


(see instead the "S4" between Beddgelert and Pen-y-Pass and the S2" between Pen-y-Pass and Betws-y-Coed)

Far more worrying the former open-top Arriva "S2" Sherpa service north of Llanrwst (with actually
started from Llandudno, NOT the Junction
) was withdrawn at the end of the 2009 season !

Use the alternative current Conwy Valley bus services which connect with the "S2" Sherpa at Betws-y-Coed

The "S6" section of the network between Capel Curig and Bethesda
(which had been completely withdrawn for a couple of years)
was reinstated to operate ON SUMMER SATURDAYS AND SUNDAYS ONLY
- but in 2018 and 2019 was diverted to Pen-y-Pass
but withdrawn again for the winter
The "S6" augments the very limited 'all-year-round' weekdays only northbound "6B" commuter service along the Ogwen Valley ---
NOTE SPECIALLY the return "6B" evening journey which used to extend from Llyn Ogwen as far as Capel Curig
(for Llanberis),
Betws-y-Coed and/or Llanrwst) HAS BEEN WITHDRAWN (from late-July 2019)
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In addition, Gwynedd CC have produced a poster and associated leaflet for the Tourist Information Centres showing the principal bus routes in their county area but unforunately yet again the revised associated map contains route number errors as well as still showing sections of route no longer served......
 The following errors within the Snowdon Sherpa network area should be noted...
a) the "S97" does NOT continue beyond Beddgelert to Pen-y-Pass and
Betws-y-Coed

- the section between Bedgelert and Penygwryd should now only show "S4" (although some of the new Sunday journeys MAY again revert to "S97")
- the section between Pen-y-Pass and Capel Curig should now show "S2" and "S6"
- the section between Capel Curig and Betws-y-Coed should only show "S2"
b) the "S6" was again re-instated in 2017, but only on summer Saturdays,  Sundays and Public Holidays and will be diverted to Pen-y-Pass in 2018
    (these augment the very limited non-Sherpa "6B" weekday bus service)
c) the last evening service "1" from Porthmadog to Pen-y-Groes via Beddgelert
was withdrawn many years ago
- the ONLY service between Porthmadog and Beddgelert is now the "S97"
d) Most "S4" journeys now operate to/from Pen-y-Pass on weekdays


The correct current routes are shown on the diagrams below and on the timetables throughout this website
Weekdays

Please note - the weekday "6B" service is only operating in the northbound direction at the moment

Sundays and Public Holidays

Current Snowdon Sherpa services are........
S1 - Llanberis - Nant Peris - Pen-y-Pass

(extra spring/summer/autumn "Park and Ride" journeys via Nant Peris Car Park on Saturdays only)
REINSATED for the summer
S2 - Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass - Capel Curig - Betws-y-Coed
(direct services - one morning journey and one afternoon journey extends to/starts from Llanrwst
on local School Days only)
S4 - Pen-y-Pass - Beddgelert - Rhyd Ddu - Caernarfon
(now includes limited through services between Beddgelert - Rhyd Ddu - Caernarfon on Sunday)
S6 - Bethesda - Capel Curig - Llanberis
(Two return journeys on summer Saturdays and Sundays ONLY)
REINSATED for summer 2019
These augment the very limited non-Sherpa NORTHBOUND ONLY "6B" service
S97 - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
(note - the mid-afternoon journey from Porthmadog diverts via the School
on School Days with extended journey time )


in ALL cases some journeys do NOT operate the whole of the route also some journeys are diverted en-route
- see also individual timetables for details of  'through' and 'connecting' cross-Snowdonia journeys

Make sure you use the Snowdon Sherpas in 2019 !
Please do your bit to help the environment by keeping all unnecesary cars out of Snowdonia
                 
If you MUST take you car - remember many
roads in Snowdonia are designated "clearways"

(ensure you park at an appropriate location
or you are likely to end up with
a hefty parking fine !!!!!
)

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Much easier, cheaper and greener to use the Snowdon Sherpas !!!
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That way you can go up Snowdon by one path and return down by another
            

Several different operators cover the Sherpa network
AND connecting services
- especially on Sundays

Generally speaking, to give you maximum flexibility, the best ticket
for travelling to, round and returning from Snowdonia for a whole day is the 6.80 Red Rover available from the driver of your first bus
(or a North Wales Day Rover if travelling from further afield by train)


So make sure you select and ask for the appropriate ticket for ALL of your proposed itineraries as many companies also offer their own day rover, which are only valid on their services !!!

The Summer 2019 Sherpa Timetables
continue until Sunday 3rd November


DON'T  KNOW  YOUR  WAY
ROUND  SNOWDONIA ?

Anyone on the Coast wishing to spend a day in Snowdonia should find the
Summary Timetable from Llandudno/North Wales Coast

Summary Timetable from Bangor via Llanberis
Summary Timetable from Barmouth/Harlech/Bl.Ffestiniog via Porthmadog
or the Summary Timetable from Pwllheli/Criccieth via Porthmadog
to all parts of Snowdonia served by the Sherpas a useful starting point




NO
printed
Timetables
available
yet
again !
























Gwynedd CC is the only North Wales Council not to produce a printed
version of their bus service timetables
- instead,  some local offices now charge 10p for every sheet
they print off the internet for you !!!!!

(This is despite ALL official Gwynedd CC Tourist Information Centres have closed !!!
although some Snowdonia Information Centres, such at Beddgelert, still remain
)

This arrangement applied throughout 2018 and will no doubt again apply throughout 2019
despite justifiable pressure from the local tourist industry
However you can download the same information
direct from the Gwynedd CC official website
Pen-y-Pass Sherpa bus stop








the rather "sorry" looking departure sheet at Caernarfon - just brought up to date
REMEMBER
Many last Sherpas from Pen-y-Pass
during the summer are much later
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Betws-y-Coed at 16.50 and 18.10
     (Betws-y-Coed at 1650 and 1810 on Sundays)

Llanberis (for Caernarfon) at 17.55 and 19.05
     (Llanberis at 1755 and 1905 on Sundays)


Beddgelert at 1635 and 1810
   (Beddgelert at 1650 and 1810 on Sundays)

Porthmadog at 1635 and 1810
   (Porthmadog at 1645 on Sundays)
with the former connection back to Barmouth re-instated


Caernarfon via Beddgelert at 16.35 (change at Bedgelert)
   (Caernarfon via Beddgelert at 1435 on Sundays)
but there is also a later service via Llanberis at 1905


Make sure you are down from the mountain in time and
and don't get stranded at Pen-y-Pass !

    Most departure sheets at bus-stops have been updated with the revised times
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NOTE SPECIALLY
    the weekday 1435 departure from Pen-y-Pass runs to Porthmadog AND DOES NOT SERVE WAUNFAWR AND CAERNARFON AS ERRONEOUSLY SHOWN !

However there is a 'new' connection from Beddgelert - depart 1600

2018-2019
Timetable



Betws-y-Coed
departure sheet 2019
(snow showing summer S2" journeys)




The Conwy CC 2018-19 timetables booklet
(commencing 29th May) can also be viewed "on line"

This gives details of all the bus services in the Conwy County area including the Sherpa Network as well as details of the Conwy Valley Railway Line services

Printed copies are still available
but note only the '10 journeys each day' "S2" service is still valid in 2019
-it WAS planned to be re-printed from May/June 2019 but has not yet appeared

BEWARE - the coloured, printed Summer 2018 Sherpa Timetable leaflet is now 'out if date' (except for Table "S2" and so far - the 2019 edition is still not available

    * - Still NO "6B" timetable (along the Ogwen Valley) shown in either their printed booklet or included on their website - it started operating back in early-2015) despite now being included in the index to places served and on the maps !!!
BEWARE
    most departure sheets at bus-stops have yet to be updated with the revised Summer 2019 times
- so carefully check the issue date at the bottom left of the display at your stop rather than ending up waiting for a non-existant journey !!!
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!




(2nd 2018 edition cover)

The Denbighshire CC 2018 printed timetables and updated on-line timetables are now available
UPDATE
    There has been five versions of their on-line timetable since the start of 2017 - including two last year - some of which still stem from the earlier demise of GHA
    If you have already saved a copy of ANY of their tables, make sure you have downloaded the correct version - if in doubt DELETE it and start again

    Despite all the re-issues,   it still showes the same OUT OF DATE connecting "70" journeys from Corwen --- see this website or confirm the correct times from the Llew Jones website - but note the service ONLY runs on Tuesdays (Llanrwst Market Day) and Saturdays
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    DON'T GET CAUGHT OUT !
no
printed
Timetables



































  GWYNFOR COACHES
        This company are now operating the whole of the Sherpa network on both weekdays and Sundays

Their website has now been updated with the revised summer services

Unfortunately their "timetable" links keep reverting to the "error" message
Roedd gwall wrth prosesu eich cais / There was an error while processing your request
every time there is an update
The changes to the "S4-S97" Sherpa journeys between Porthmadog and Pen-y-Pass introduced last November involved some very frustrating "just missed" situations - thus requiring pasengers to have to wait "hours" at Beddgelert (1150-1405 and 1410-1615) for the next journey

Your webmaster submitted a way to solve this to Gwynfor but they have chosen not to do anything about it
With other alterations having just come in,  it would have been easy to have included those as well !
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A TOTALLY "WASTED OPPORTUNITY"

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BEWARE........
    Their "S4" and "S97" timetable pages fail to show some journeys on arrival at Beddgelert immediately continue to Porthmadog or Caernarfon respectivcely
    So IGNORE the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner" advice to wait around in the cold for the following journey !!!!!
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!
    So much for integrated timetable planning !


Most
Timetables
on thier
website
have been updated
but there are still several errors
  LLEW JONES
    They drastically reduced the level of their connecting "X19" service from Llandudno to Blaenau Ffestiniog along the east side of the Conwy Valley for winter 2018-19..........
..........although extra "short working" weekday journeys between Llandudno and Betws-y-Coed only have been added from late-July 2019
no printed timetables





ALTHOUGH - the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner" has at last been fully updated to show the revised summer Sherpa journeys and their connections....
..... it has NOT yet been updated with the late connections
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

The Winter 2019 Sherpa Timetables
are due to commence on Monday 4th November 2019


LATEST..........
    DESPITE THE FACT IT IS WELL UNDER A MONTH TO GO..........
so far,   no announcement has been made about the winter Sherpa services,  but based on winter 2018-2019 and the fact Gwynfor has a five year contract to operate the Sherpas on behalf of the councils,  it is expected the number of "S2" journeys will again be "halved" for winter 2019-2020
    No changes are expected to be made to the connecting journeys,  but anything is possible nearer the time

DON'T  KNOW  YOUR  WAY
ROUND  SNOWDONIA ?

Anyone on the Coast wishing to spend a day in Snowdonia should find the PROVISIONAL
Summary Timetable from Llandudno/North Wales Coast

Summary Timetable from Bangor via Llanberis
Summary Timetable from Barmouth/Harlech/Bl.Ffestiniog via Porthmadog
or the Summary Timetable from Pwllheli/Criccieth via Porthmadog
to all parts of Snowdonia served by the Sherpas a useful starting point

MAKE SURE YOU RE-VISIT THIS WEBSITE NEARER THE TIME IN CASE GWYNFOR DECIDE TO MAKE ANY "LAST MINUTE" CHANGES FROM WINTER 2018-2019



NO
printed
Timetables
available
yet
again !
























Gwynedd CC is the only North Wales Council not to produce a printed
version of their bus service timetables
- instead,  some local offices now charge 10p for every sheet
they print off the internet for you !!!!!

(This is despite ALL official Gwynedd CC Tourist Information Centres have closed !!!
although some Snowdonia Information Centres, such at Beddgelert, still remain
)

This arrangement applied throughout 2018 and will no doubt again apply throughout 2019
despite justifiable pressure from the local tourist industry
However you can download the same information
direct from the Gwynedd CC official website
Pen-y-Pass Sherpa bus stop








the rather "sorry" looking departure sheet at Caernarfon - now brought up to date
REMEMBER
Many last Sherpas from Pen-y-Pass
during the winter are MUCH earlier
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
Betws-y-Coed at 16.50
     Betws-y-Coed at 1650 on Sundays

Llanberis (for Caernarfon) at 16.10 and 17.55*
* - NO onward connection to Caernarfon      Llanberis at 16.10 and 17.55* on Sundays
* - NO onward connection to Caernarfon or Bangor

Beddgelert at 14.30 and 16.35
   (Beddgelert at 1450 and 1650 on Sundays)

Porthmadog at 14.30 and 16.35
   (Porthmadog at 1650 on Sundays)

Caernarfon via Beddgelert at 16.35 (change at Beddgelert)
   (Caernarfon via Beddgelert at 1450 on Sundays)
but there is also a later service via Llanberis at 1610


Make sure you are down from the mountain in time and
and don't get stranded at Pen-y-Pass !

NOTE SPECIALLY
    the weekday 1435 departure from Pen-y-Pass runs to Porthmadog AND DOES NOT SERVE WAUNFAWR AND CAERNARFON AS ERRONEOUSLY SHOWN ON THEIR WEBSITE !

   However there is a connection from Beddgelert (but only after a 1 hour 5 minute wait - depart 1600)

2018-2019
Timetable



Betws-y-Coed
departure sheet 2019
(snow showing summer S2" journeys)




The Conwy CC 2018-19 timetables booklet
(commencing 29th May) can also be viewed "on line"

This gives details of all the bus services in the Conwy County area including the Sherpa Network as well as details of the Conwy Valley Railway Line services

Printed copies are still available
but note only the '10 journeys each day' "S2" service is still valid in 2019
-it WAS planned to be re-printed from May/June 2019 but has not yet appeared

BEWARE - the coloured, printed Summer 2018 Sherpa Timetable leaflet is now 'out if date' (except for Table "S2" and so far - the 2019 edition is still not available

    * - Still NO "6B" timetable (along the Ogwen Valley) shown in either their printed booklet or included on their website - it started operating back in early-2015) despite now being included in the index to places served and on the maps !!!
BEWARE
    most departure sheets at bus-stops have yet to be updated with the revised Summer or Autumn 2019 times
(the majority throughout the County are dated January 2019) - so carefully check the issue date at the top of the display at your stop rather than ending up waiting for a non-existant journey !!!
  YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!



Most
Timetables
on their
website
have been updated
(commencing September 2019)
  LLEW JONES
    They made several changes from the start of the school term in September ---it is understood no further alterations are planned for November - but you are advised to check again nearer the time to be sure

no printed timetables





ALTHOUGH - the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner" has at last been fully updated to show the revised summer Sherpa journeys and their connections....
..... it has NOT yet been updated with any winter information
  Their "Journey Planner" continues to erroneously suggest ALL the summer times will continue after 3rd November
YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED !!!

Headline News...................
  Click here for further information
including archieved items

Monday 4th November 2019
      The winter timetables are planned to commence

    So far no official information has been made available,  but it is expected the level of service will be reduced,  along with the withdrawal of the last summer journeys of the day until next Easter
- similar to winter 2018-2019

Late Summer Public Holiday Monday 26th August 2019
    The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable
 

Monday 22nd July 2019
      Llew Jones has increased the number of weekday "19-X19" connecting journeys along the Conwy Valley from and back to Llandudno

Sunday 14th July 2019
    There are many "late" changes to the times of the Sunday connecting "88" service operated by Dilwyns from and back to Caernarfon

..........note specially
- on Sundays journeys from Caernarfon operate via the by-pass direct to the Interchange stop before returning along the Llanberis main street
 

Spring Public Holiday Monday 27th May 2019
      The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable

Monday 20th May 2019
    The frequency of the weekday connecting "88" service from and back to Caernarfon has been reduced to just hourly throughout the day.....

.....despite Gwynfor's own website continuing to show the withdrawn journeys !!!!!
 

Early Spring Public Holiday Monday 6th May 2019
      The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable

Easter Monday 22nd April 2019
    The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable
 

Good Friday 19th April 2019
      The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable

Saturday 13th April 2019*
    The Summer Timetables are "expected" to commence..........
    (* - normally from "the Saturday before Easter Weekend")
    The level of service on the "S2" route is again EXPECTED to double from five to ten journeys each way
    The seasonal "S1" and "S6" services "should" be re-instated for summer weekends
    In addition later journeys are EXPECTED to be re-introduced to/from Beddgelert from both Pen-y-Pass and Porthmadog - also Caernarfon on weekdays - similar to 2018
 

Monday 1st April 2019
      Gwynfor took over the weekdays and Sunday connecting "85" service from and back to Bangor

    The level of service is reduced and all evening journeys are withdrawn

Sunday 31st March 2019 or Saturday 30th March 2019 ???
    After the last journeys of the day,  Arriva will cease to operate connecting services from both Bangor (on weekdays and Sundays) and Caernarfon (on Sundays)
    This is based on the statement on the Arriva website which shows " From Sunday 31st March 2019, Arriva will no longer operate tendered services 1E, 1NS, 67C, 67L 82, 83, 85, X85, 86, 88, 91 in Gwynedd. "
..........notwithstanding the fact some of the revised tables on the Gwynedd CC website only show new operators taking over from Monday 1st April !!!!!
   details of who will take and any possible changes to times to follow
 

Monday 27th January 2019
      There are major changes to the Arriva connections from both Pwllheli (on weekdays and Sundays) also Blaenau Ffestiniog (weekdays)

   Llew Jones takes over these connections on Sundays

    In addition there are changes to the times of the direct return evening connections back to Bangor also Caernarfon

New Year's Day - Tuesday 1st January 2019
    There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on New Year's Day

    Normal weekday services are planned to re-commence on Tuesday 2nd January
 

Boxing Day - Wednesday 26th December 2018
      There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Boxing Day

    Normal weekday services are planned to re-commence on Wednesday 27th December

Christmas Day - Tuesday 25th December 2018
    There are no local bus services (including the whole of the "Snowdon Sherpa Network") on Christmas Day

 

Monday 10th December 2018
      Gwynfor has made further changes to the
"times" of their "88" weekday connecting service
from and back to Caernarfon
    The "two hour gap" between journeys at lunchtime has been "plugged" but the extra journeys during the workers "peaks" are cut back to Mondays to Fridays only

Monday 19th November 2018
    Llew Jones has made further changes to the
"times" of their "X19" weekday connecting service
from and back to Llandudno
 

Start of Winter Timetable - Monday 5th November 2018
      The number of "S2" Sherpa journeys between Betws-y-Coed and Llanberis also the return direction have been reduce to the same level of service as last winter
    The additional summer only "S1 Park and Ride" Sherpa service between Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass and the weekend "S6" Sherpa service through the Ogwen pass are withdrawn for the winter
    Major changes have been made to the "S4" and "S97" services to help improve preformance
    Llew Jones drastically reduced the "level" of their "X19" connecting service from and back to Llanudno

Saturday 22nd September 2018
    Arriva have withdrawal their weekday connecting "88" services from/to Caernarfon
    Gwynfor now provide a much-reduced level of service - which commenced Monday 24th September
 

Late Summer Public Holiday Monday 27th August 2018
      The "Snowdon Sherpa Network" (and all other connecting local bus routes) operate a normal SUNDAY timetable as it is a public holiday

    However the connecting train services (shown against a light blue background) on the Conwy Valley and Cambrian Coast railway lines will operate to their weekday timetable

Tuesday 29th May 2018
    Llew Jones will commence a new 1840 weekdays and Sundays "19" journey from Betws-y-Coed to Llandudno
    This is planned to immediately connect off the last "S2" Sherpa from Llanberis due 1832 instead of the current 'over three hours' wait
 

Sunday/Monday 13th/14th May 2018
      Arriva made further minor changes to their connecting "85" and "88" services from/to Bangor and Caernarfon respectively

Monday 16th April 2018
    Lloyds have re-introduced a direct "39" Barmouth to Porthmadog connecting service along the coast road which also serves Harlech  

Monday 9th April 2018
      Arriva made changes to their "1B" "3" "85" and "88" services
    These include some improved connections at Llanberis from/to both Caernarfon and Bangor during the late-afternoon and early-evening

Sunday 25th March 2018
    Gwynfor Coaches take over the former Arriva Sunday "S97" Sherpa service will in future will be split into "S97" and "S4" at Beddgelert to match weekdays
    The "missing" Sunday mid-morning journeys through the Nant Gwynant Pass are re-instated after several years
    Although not shown as such on the officil websites,  most journeys work through (sometimes diverting via Rhyd Ddu - see this website for full details

 

Saturday 24th March 2018
      The Summer Timetables will commence..........
    The level of service on the "S2" will again double from five to ten journeys each way
    The seasonal "S1" and "S6" services will be re-instated for summer weekends,  but note the "S6" will only start Bethesda (instead of Bangor) and be diverted to and from Pen-y-Pass

    BEWARE - the arriva weekday "X1" connecting journeys alongh the east side of the Conwy Valley are withdrawn - resulting in a very long wait to return to Llandudno off the last Sherpa

Sunday 18th March 2018
    Arriva operated their final Sunday "S97" Sherpa service (including one journey starting from Pwllheli) - thus ending their direct involvement with the Sherpa Network,  although they continue to operate connecting journeys to both Llanberis and Porthmadog


 

Tuesday 2nd January 2018
      As a result of Express Motors ceasing trading, there were numerous changes to both the Sherpa timetables (now operated by Gwynfor Coaches) also many connecting journeys - in some cases they level of connecting service being halved
   A summary showing the latest information advised to me can be found here


Wednesday 31st March 2010

Snow in Snowdonia on 31st March 2010
      The first week of the 2010 Summer Timetable !
    It snowed so hard causing the roads to be closed and the Sherpa services to be suspended for the day
    A very unusual occurance (even in the middle of winter !)
    BUT BEWARE !
Walking on the hills when covered with snow can be very dangerous



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and for the next few months


It also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"

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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)

Later non-Sherpa weekday journeys from......
Beddgelert area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Pen-y-Pass area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Porthmadog area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Beddgelert area to Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed area to Llanberis
Porthmadog area to Llanberis
Llanberis area to Porthmadog area
Later non-Sherpa Sunday journeys from......
Beddgelert area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Pen-y-Pass area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Porthmadog area to Llandudno/Conwy Valley
Beddgelert area to Llanberis
Betws-y-Coed area to Llanberis
Porthmadog area to Llanberis
Llanberis area to Porthmadog area
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