SUMMARY OF SNOWDON SHERPA NETWORK - SUMMER 2023
STOP PRESS.....
The new extension of the "S4" to Black Rock Sands was
WITHDRAWN  'on the first day'
due to the very narrow access road leading to the beach
(alao cars were badly parked stopping larger vehicles passing)

The "S4" now terminates at/returns from the "bus turning circle" at the west end of Morfa Bychan
- which is a short walk to Black Rock Sands
    The level of "S1" Sherpa journeys via Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass is again increased to hourly for the summer

    Most "S2" Sherpa journeys from Bangor to Llanberis are extended to Pen-y-Pass for the summer giving a basic half-hourly service between Llanberis and Pen-y-Pass along the central "core" section of the Llanberis Pass (which also serves the large "Park and Ride" car park at Nant Peris)

    The level of "S3" Sherpa journeys along the western side of Snowdon is again increased to hourly

    Most connecting "S4" Sherpas from Pen-y-Pass to Beddgelert/Porthmadog are extended to Morfa Bychan
    5 journeys each way operate onlocal School Days as in 2022.....
    .....BUT NEW for 2023 the level of service is increased to hourly at weekends (also weekdays during School Holidays)

    Public Holiday dates are listed at the top of each table and a Sunday service will again operate on these days

    So far,   no further changes have been anounced for the Conwy Valley "19" or the Ogwen Valley "T10"
(for Tryfan) connecting journeys........
........these will be updated on THIS website if any changes are announced - watch this space for details!

The pages on this website are now in the process of being updated
Any page dated before 20th March should be regarded as "STILL TO BE UPDATED"

from the Menai Straits to the mountains of Snowdonia
SUMMER SUNDAY TRIPS

Gwynfor "S1" - Caernarfon-Llanberis 
mid-winter
     
from
CAERNARFON

by










 "S4" Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Pen-y-Pass
      Gwynfor Sherpa
 "S97" Beddgelert - Porthmadog

sherpanetwork
  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 £5.70
using a "1 bws"
(one bus) Day Rover which is valid all day on any bus in the area
- 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)


    REMEMBER..........
    Due to so many last-minute changes to the various services in the area,  unfortunately many official websites (including the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner") continue to show journeys which have either been "CHANGED" or sometimes even "WITHDRAWN"
    Where known,  these are also included below as a warning - to help avoid you being caught out !!!


    Please bookmark and revisit nearer the time to check if there have been any further known changes since your last visit to this page

    Journeys shown on this website with a "strike through" line are still operating,  BUT it is NO LONGER possible to get a (bus) connection back to the start location of the page - eg
 1234 

    Throughout Snowdonia there are unfortunately numerous cases of "sub-standard" connections which are NOT recognised by the TravelineCymru "Journey Planner"
(as they are less than 5 minutes) - eg
12.45 12.45
    Although this website strongly advises you NOT to 'chance' them..........
..........they are included to draw your attention to the fact that if everything is 'spot on time' and you are "very quick" - it can sometimes get you to your destination considerably earlier



This "unofficial" website attempts to show what is available..... and to encourage greater use of the network
also includes some suggested "trips round Snowdonia - without your car"



Snowdon Sherpa
Sundays - 2nd April to 29th October 2023
also Public Holidays Good Friday 7th April  Easter Monday 10th April  Early Spring Holiday Monday 1st May  Coronation of King Charles Monday 8th May
Spring Holiday Monday 29th May  and Late Summer Holiday Monday 28th August

see VERY important note above
  Click here for suggested Monday to Saturday itineraries from Caernarfon
"Trips around Snowdonia - without your car"
from Caernarfon

Summer is an ideal time for a longer day out to visit Snowdonia
with additional 'through' "S1" Sherpas to and from Betws-y-Coed via Llanberis
also more and later "S4"-"S3" connections from Pen-y-Pass via Beddgelert
Please note specially - at this time of the year the last return Sunday buses to Caernarfon are as follows......

Return via Beddgelert (Sherpa throughout)
Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S1-S4-S3) - connection departs 1805  (change at Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert)
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S1-S4-S3) - connection departs 1816  (change at Pen-y-Pass and Beddgelert)
Pen-y-Pass (S) to Caernarfon (S4-S3 - connection departs 1835  (change at Beddgelert)
Nant Gwynant (S) to Caernarfon (S4-S3) - connection departs 1846  (change at Beddgelert)
Beddgelert to Caernarfon (S3) - depart 19.02
 Black Rock Sands to Caernarfon (S4-S3) - connection departs 1711  (change at Beddgelert
Morfa Bychan to Caernarfon (S4-S3) - connection departs 1711  (change at Beddgelert)
Porthmadog to Caernarfon (S4-S3) - connection departs 1730  (change at Beddgelert)
an alternative "T2" non-Sherpa journey is available at 1605 via Pen-y-Groes
Rhyd Ddu (S)  to Caernarfon (S3) - depart 19.10
Snowdon Ranger (S)  to Caernarfon (S3) - depart 19.13

Return via Llanberis (mainly Sherpa throughout)
Betws-y-Coed to Caernarfon (S1) - departs 19.05
Capel Curig to Caernarfon (S1) - departs 19.16
Bethesda to Caernarfon (T10-S1) - connection departs 1845  (change at Capel Curig)
Llyn Ogwen (T) to Caernarfon (T10-S1) - connection departs 1853  (change at Capel Curig)
Pen-y-Pass (S) to Caernarfon (S1) - depart 19.30
Llanberis (S)  to Caernarfon (S1) - depart 19.50


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


(S)   - start of path up Snowdon       (T)   - start of path up Tryfan


     Click here if you want to climb Snowdon or here if you want to climb Tryfan
 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
 
see VERY important note above
  ADDITIONAL "S4" JOURNEYS OPERATE DURING THE SUMMER on local non-School Days 
Purchase a £6.00 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
 
Outward
 
                       
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S3
S4
S1
S3
S3
S4
Caernarfon
08.21
-
-
09.21
-
-
10.21
-
-
11.21
12.21
-
-
13.21
14.21
-
Caernarfon
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
08.39
-
-
09.39
-
-
10.39
-
-
11.39
12.39
-
-
13.39
14.39
-
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
08.41
-
-
09.41
-
-
10.41
-
-
11.41
12.41
-
-
13.41
14.41
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
Beddgelert
08.53
08.58
-
09.53
09.58
-
10.53
10.58
-
11.53
12.53
12.58
-
13.53
14.53
14.58
Beddgelert
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
09.03
-
-
10.03
-
-
11.03
-
-
-
13.03
-
-
-
15.03
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
-
09.20
09.30
-
10.20
10.30
-
11.20
11.30
-
-
13.20
13.30
-
-
15.20
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
Betws-y-Coed
-
-
09.53
-
-
10.53
-
-
11.53
-
-
-
13.53
-
-
-
Betws-y-Coed
 
Return
 
                     
S1*
S4 #
S3
S3
S1*
S4 #
S3
S3
S1*
S4 #
S3
S1*
S4 #
S3
S1
Betws-y-Coed
13.05
-
-
-
15.05
-
-
-
17.05
-
-
18.05
-
-
1905
Betws-y-Coed
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
13.25
13.35
-
-
15.25
15.35
-
-
17.25
17.35
-
18.25
18.35
-
1930
Pen-y-Pass  (S)
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
-
13.46
-
-
-
15.46
-
-
-
17.46
-
-
18.46
-
|
|
|
|
\|/
Nant Gwynant Watkin  (S)
Beddgelert
-
13.57
14.02
15.02
-
15.57
16.02
17.02
-
17.57
18.02
-
18.57
19.02
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
-
-
14.10
15.10
-
-
16.10
17.10
-
-
18.10
-
-
19.10
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
-
-
14.13
15.13
-
-
16.13
17.13
-
-
18.13
-
-
19.13
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
Caernarfon
-
-
14.34
15.34
-
-
16.34
17.34
-
-
18.34
-
-
19.34
2023
Caernarfon
08.21 - Sherpa journey    
* - the destination indicator on the front of this "S1" Sherpa is Caernarfon    
# - the destination indicator on the front of this Sherpa from Pen-y-Pass may display "Beddgelert" or "Porthmadog" or "Morfa Bychan"  (sometimes changing en-route)    
- but in all cases there is only one bus so DON'T GET LEFT BEHIND    
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up 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  

               
BETWS-Y-COED via Llanberis and the Llanberis pass
stopping off for morning coffee,  lunch  and/or  tea to suit yourself
 
see VERY important note above
Purchase a £6.00 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
 
Outward
   
Return
                                       
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
S1
Caernarfon
06.42
07.42
08.42
09.42
10.42
11.42
12.42
13.42
14.42
15.42
Betws-y-Coed
10.05
11.05
12.05
13.05
14.05
15.05
16.05
17.05
18.05
19.05
Llanberis
Joe Brown
07.02
08.02
09.02
10.02
11.02
12.02
13.02
14.02
15.02
16.02
Pen-y-Pass (S)
10.30
11.30
12.30
13.30
14.30
15.30
16.30
17.30
18.30
19.30
Llanberis  (S)
Maes Peris
10.50
11.50
12.50
13.50
14.50
15.50
16.50
17.50
18.50
19.50
Llanberis  (S)
Interchange
07.10
08.10
09.10
10.10
11.10
12.10
13.10
14.10
15.10
16.10
Llanberis
Joe Brown
10.53
11.53
12.53
13.53
14.53
15.53
16.53
17.53
18.53
19.53
Pen-y-Pass (S)
07.30
08.30
09.30
10.30
11.30
12.30
13.30
14.30
15.30
16.30
Betws-y-Coed
07.53
08.53
09.53
10.53
11.53
12.53
13.53
14.53
15.53
16.53
Caernarfon
11.16
12.16
13.16
14.16
15.16
16.16
17.16
18.16
19.16
20.16
07.425 - Sherpa journey    
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up 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  

               
RHYD DDU,  BEDDGELERT  or  PORTHMADOG   or   MORFA BYCHAN *
via Quellen Lake and the Aberglslyn Pass

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

* - a short walk to Blacl Rock Sands

 
see VERY important note above
  ADDITIONAL "S4" JOURNEYS OPERATE DURING THE SUMMER on local non-School Days 
Purchase a £6.00 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
 
Outward
 
                         
S3
S3
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
Caernarfon
07.21
08.21
09.21
-
10.21
-
11.21
-
12.21
-
13.21
-
14.21
-
Caernarfon
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
07.39
08.39
09.39
-
10.39
-
11.39
-
12.39
-
13.39
-
14.39
-
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
07.39
08.39
09.39
-
10.39
-
11.39
-
12.39
-
13.39
-
14.41
-
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
Beddgelert
07.53
08.53
09.53
10.00
10.53
11.00
11.53
12.00
12.53
13.00
13.53
14.00
14.53
15.00
Beddgelert
Pont Aberglaslyn
-
-
-
10.04
-
11.04
-
12.04
-
13.04
-
14.04
-
15.04
Pont Aberglaslyn
Porthmadog
-
-
-
10.25
-
11.25
-
12.25
-
13.25
-
14.25
-
15.25
Porthmadog
Morfa Bychan
-
-
-
10.04
-
11.04
-
12.04
-
13.04
-
14.04
-
15.04
Morfa Bychan
 
Return
 
                       
S4
S3
S4
S3
S4
S3
S3
S4
S4
S3
S4
S3
S3
Morfa Bychan
12.11
-
13.11
-
14.11
-
15.11
-
16.11
-
17.11
-
-
Morfa Bychan
Porthmadog
12.30
-
13.30
-
14.30
-
15.30
-
16.30
-
17.30
-
-
Porthmadog
Pont Aberglaslyn
12.51
-
13.51
-
14.51
-
15.51
-
16.51
-
17.51
-
-
Pont Aberglaslyn
Beddgelert
12.55
13.02
13.55
14.02
14.55
15.02
15.55
16.02
16.55
17.02
17.55
18.02
19.02
Beddgelert
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
-
13.10
-
14.10
-
15.10
-
16.10
-
17.10
-
18.10
19.10
Rhyd Ddu  (S)
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
-
13.13
-
14.13
-
15.13
-
16.13
-
17.13
-
18.13
19.13
Snowdon Ranger  (S)
Caernarfon
-
13.34
-
14.34
-
15.34
-
16.34
-
17.34
-
18.34
19.34
Caernarfon
09.21- Sherpa journey    
(S) - Sherpa stop for one of the many official tracks up 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  

               
CIRCULAR   TRIP   ROUND   SNOWDON
clockwise  -  via  Llanberis,   Pen-y-Pass,  Beddgelert  and   Rhyd Ddu or Porthmadog
Summary Timetable

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

 
P R O V I S I O N A L
see VERY important note above

  ADDITIONAL "S4" JOURNEYS OPERATE DURING THE SUMMER on local non-School Days 
Purchase a £6.00 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
* * * STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED
-
     
                                       
S1 *
S1 *
S4
S3
S3
S1 *
S1 *
S4
S3
S3
S1 *
S1 *
S4
S3
S3
S1 *
S1 *
S4
S3
S3
S3
S1 *
S1 *
S1 *
S4
S3
Caernarfon
07.42
08.42
-
-
-
09.42
10.42
-
-
-
11.42
12.42
-
-
-
13.42
14.42
-
-
-
-
14.42
15.42
16.42
-
-
Caernarfon
Llanberis Joe Brown
08.02
09.02
-
-
-
10.02
11.02
-
-
-
12.02
13.02
-
-
-
14.02
15.02
-
-
-
-
16.02
17.02
18.02
-
-
Llanberis Joe Brown
Pen-y-Pass 
08.25
09.25
09.35
-
-
10.25
11.25
11.35
-
-
12.25
13.25
13.35
-
-
14.25
15.25
15.35
-
-
-
16.25
17.25
18.25
18.35
-
Pen-y-Pass 
Beddgelert 
-
-
09.57
10.02
11.02
-
-
11.57
12.02
13.02
-
-
13.57
14.02
15.02
-
-
15.57
16.02 $
17.02
18.02
-
-
-
18.57
19.02
Beddgelert  
Caernarfon
-
-
-
10.37
11.37
-
-
-
12.37
13.37
-
-
-
14.37
15.37
-
-
-
16.37 $
17.37
18.37
-
-
-
-
19.37
Caernarfon
08.35 - Sherpa journey     * - the destination of this "S1" Sherpa is Betws-y-Coed     16.02 $ - departs 16.17 on local (Caernarfon) School Days and runs 15 minutes later throughout    


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

       
P R O V I S I O N A L
see VERY important note above

  ADDITIONAL "S4" JOURNEYS OPERATE DURING THE SUMMER on local non-School Days 
Purchase a £5.70 "1 bws" (one bus) Day Ticket to cover ALL journeys - as well as other North Wales connecting journeys to/from Snowdonia
- from the driver of your first Sherpa or non-Sherpa bus
* * * STILL TO BE FULLY UPDATED
                         
later summer Sherpa
 
                         
S3
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S4
S1
S3
S3
S4
S1
S1
S1
Caernarfon
07.21
08.21
-
-
09.21
-
-
10.21
-
-
11.21
-
-
12.21
-
-
13.21
-
-
14.21
16.21
-
-
-
-
Caernarfon
Beddgelert
07.53
08.53
08.58
-
09.53
09.58
-
10.53
10.58
-
12.53
12.58
-
12.53
12.58
-
13.53
13.58
-
14.53
16.53
16.58
-
-
-
Beddgelert
Pen-y-Pass
-
-
09.20
09.30
-
10.20
10.30
-
11.20
11.30
-
12.30
12.30
-
13.20
13.30
-
14.20
14.30
-
-
17.20
17.30
18.30
19.30
Pen-y-Pass
Llanberis Maes Padarn
-
-
-
09.50
-
-
10.50
-
-
11.50
-
-
12.50
-
-
13.50
14.50
15.50
16.50
-
-
-
17.50
18.50
19.50
Llanberis Maes Padarn
Caernarfon
-
-
-
10.16
-
-
11.16
-
-
12.16
-
-
13.16
-
-
14.16
15.16
16.16
17.16
-
-
-
18.16
19.16
20.16
Caernarfon
10.21 - Gwynfor Sherpa journey    
 


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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Suggested Sherpa Trips
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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 - Caernarfon
Betws-y-Coed - Llandudno  (connections)
Betws-y-Coed - Pen-y-Pass - Porthmadog
Caernarfon - Llanberis - Pen-y-Pass - Betws-y-Coed
Caernarfon/Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Llanberis
Caernarfon - Beddgelert - Porthmadog
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 - Snowdonia  (via Betws-y-Coed)
Porthmadog - Beddgelert - Caernarfon
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 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 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
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
Porthmadog area to Llanberis
Llanberis area to Porthmadog area
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