Snowdonia Trip Plan
Day 1: Friday 29th March We are going via Wrexham and taking break for Jumma. After arriving and checking in either we can go to Tan y Bwlch or Blaenau Ffestiniog using car. Ffestiniog Railway is not possible. Day 2: Saturday 30th March Take driving route 1 and visit Caernarfon, Menai Bridge, Llanberis, Snowdon, Capel Curig Day 3: Sunday 31st March Take driving route 2 and visit Blaenau Ffestiniog, Betws-Y-Coed, Llandudno Day 4: Monday 1st April In the morning visit picturesque town Portmeirion (almost on our way back). Then we head back home.
We meet at Oxford service centre at 9am and leave by 10am. We are going via Wrexham and taking break for Jumma. We hope to reach Caravan park by 4pm. We can’t take Ffestiniog Railway from Porthmadog as the last train leaves at 16:00. Instead we can take car to Tan y Bwlch or Blaenau Ffestiniog . Ffestiniog Railway Timetable Porthmadog to Blaenau Ffestiniog Porthmadog 10.15 11.40 Minffordd 10.25 11.50 Penrhyn 10.30 12.00 Tan y Bwlch 10.50 12.20 Blaenau Ffestiniog 11.30 13.00 Return journey Blaenau Ffestiniog 11.50 13.40 Tan y Bwlch 12.20 14.10 Penrhyn 12.35 14.25 Minffordd 12.45 14.40 Porthmadog 13.00 14.55
13.35 13.45 13.50 14.10 14.45 15.10 15.40 16.00 16.10 16.20
16.00 16.10 16.20 16.40 17.20 17.40 18.10 18.25 18.35 18.50
Ticket Price Round trip Ticket up to Tan y Bwlch £13.00 per adult (1 child per 1 adult free). Round trip Ticket up to Blaenau Ffestiniog £20.20 per adult (1 child per 1 adult free). Note, the journey to the last stop i.e. Blaenau Ffestiniog is interesting but we will have only 20 minutes at Blaenau Ffestiniog before we can take the last train back. If someone is interested they can do that too. More information of the train service is here http://www.festrail.co.uk
If you have not pre-booked tickets. http://www.php Note that from March to Early May trains will terminate at Clogwyn. Route sections: Section 1: Satnav destination LL55 2AY (Caernarfon Castle car park) Caravan park to Porthmadog via A4971 Porthmadog to Beddgelert via A4971 -> A487 -> A498 Beddgelert to Caernarfon via A4085 (we can stop at Rhyd Ddu) and then A487 We spent 1 hour in Caernarfon Castle and surrounding areas.com/townwalk. Capel Curig) Llanberis -> Capel Curig via A4086 A4086 is recommended as best scenic route in Snowdonia. may enjoy the beach near the caravan site. We can stop at different places along this route as we feel. We can take multiple breaks in eah section if we find any nice place and we have time. We can also have a short walk in the town using suggestion given here http://www. Castle related information can be found in Wikipedia.
We take driving route 1 and the route map is attached here. Return fare £21 per adult and £13 per child aged 3 and above. call 0844 493 8120 to check availability.co. Journey to and from Clogwyn can take up to two hours which includes a stop of approximately 30 minutes.visitcaernarfon.html Section 2: Satnav destination LL59 5EA (Waitrose car park in Menai Bridge) Caernarfon to Menai Bridge via A487 -> A5 We spend 30 minutes in Menai bridge. not at the top. See the Menai Suspension Bridge and have a short walk in the town.
Route: Caravan park -> Porthmadog -> Beddgelert -> Caernarfon -> Menai Bridge -> Llanberis -> Capel Curig -> Beddgelert -> Porthmadog -> Caravan park Total distance: 74 miles The route is divided into sections.
. Beware of speed cameras hidden in horse carts. Those who are interested to take Snowdonia Mountain train can do so from here.snowdonrailway.Those who are not interested.org Section 3: Satnav destination LL55 4TT (Llanberis Snowdon Mountain Railway) Menai Bridge to Llanberis via A487 -> B4547 -> A4244 -> A4086 We take lunch there.uk/times_prices. There are a lot of car enthusiasts driving on this route.menaibridge. http://www. Section 4: Satnav destination LL24 0EN (Car park near Joe brown Store.
50 per car. We can take multiple breaks in eah section if we find any nice place and we have time. Then we drive along the Marine drive (address of starting point LL30 2RP).uk/ We can first meet at The Summit Complex. Route sections: Section 1: Satnav destination LL24 0BB (Car park at Betws-Y-Coed is close to this location) Caravan park to Minffordd via A4971 Minffordd to Blaenau Ffestiniog via A487 -> A496 Blaenau Ffestiniog to Betws-Y-Coed via A470 -> A5 Section 2: Satnav destination LL30 2XF (The Summit Complex at Llandudno) Betws-Y-Coed to Conwy via B5106 Conwy to Llandudno via A547 -> A546 Section 3: Satnav destination unknown Llandudno to Marine Drive -> Great Orme -> The Parade B5115 In this section we can spend time in Llandudno. After the Marine drive we go to the road beside the beach called "The Parade"
.co. Old Lighthouse on this Marin drive.Section 5: Satnav destination LL55 4YD (There is a car park on the right few yeards after this post code) Capel Curig to Beddgelert via A4086 -> A498 We can stop here if we have time. Great Ormes Head.uk There we can take cable car to go down and come up. Great Orme Country Park.visitllandudno. Llandudno. This drive is a 5-mile long circular route around the peninsula and costs £2. Conwy LL30 2XF www. Section 6: Satnav destination LL49 9YG Beddgelert to Porthmadog via A498 -> A487 -> A4971 Porthmadog to Caravan park via A4971
We take driving route 2 and the route map is attached here.
Route: Caravan park -> Minffordd -> Blaenau Ffestiniog -> Betws-Y-Coed -> Conwy -> Llandudno -> Marine Drive -> Great Orme -> Betws-Y-Coed -> Minffordd -> Caravan park Total distance: 100 miles The route is divided into sections.org. There is a car park there. We can stop at Great Orme. http://www.thesummitcomplex.
http://wrexhammosque.50/£5. group discounts available). http://bodafonfarmpark. GWYNEDD Castle Ditch Caernarfon Gwynedd Great Orme Country Park. Gwynedd LL49 9YF HIGH STREET. Llandudno. Suggestions for other places are welcome.
Useful Addresses and SATNAV destinations
Greenacres Holiday Park Address Black Rock Sands. PORTHMADOG. Conwy 6 Grosvenor Road. Satnav post code for this is LL48 6ER. 01978 363379.Little kids might enjoy getting close to cows etc in Bodafon Farm Park on this road.uk Harbour Station.novacarhire. http://www. Great Ormes Head. online price £8. open till midnight on other days) Caernarfon Castle Menai Bridge The Summit Complex
LL55 2AY LL59 5EA (Waitrose) LL30 2XF
Marine drive Wrexham Islamic Cultural Centre Ffestiniog Railway Harbour Station
LL30 2RP (starting point) LL11 1BU
http://blog.so entrance is allowed for a fee (£10/£6 per adult/child. LL11 1BU.com/ Section 4: Satnav destination LL49 9YG (Our caravan site) Llandudno to Betws-Y-Coed via B5115 -> A547 -> A55 -> A470 Betws-Y-Coed to Blaenau Ffestiniog via A470 Blaenau Ffestiniog to Minffordd via A496 -> A487 Minffordd to Caravan park via A4971
We visit a tourist village of Portmeirion famous for being used as some film set for its weird and wonderful brightly coloured buildings. Wrexham. Morfa Bychan.portmeirion-village. Porthmadog. Or we could head home. Porthmadog.com/ Note that Portmeirion is a private peninsula .com/2009/01/08/top-5-scenic-drives-in-the-uk/
.org. Gwynedd. LL49 9NF SATNAV LL49 9YG
Tesco Porthmadog (Closed on Easter Sunday. if this sounds too expensive.
the higher you ascend the more impressive the view is to behold but leave that to the birds as I'm sure you'll find that the stone walls either side will not offer much resistance in your bid to become at one with nature. you enter a more natural world. http://www. A4068.smittenbybritain. so does the show. Green trees lie to the left. and in the distance there are mountains that stand watch with superior elegance. A5. after a few wiggles. Continue on the A4086. right in the heart of Snowdonia. Heading down along the stream the road becomes more direct as it slices through hillsides scattered with rocks and boulders that have slowly broken loose over the centuries.focusowners. Swift turns. If you find yourself roof down and in the passenger seat then this road is already looking good. As you climb. Soon you reach civilisation again in the form of Nant Peris. The road continues on to Caernarfon but burns itself out by the time you reach Clanrug.greatestdrivingroads. Here you can stop off at the amazing Pont-y-Pair Falls before you head along the A4086 towards the Snowdon summit.com/top-5-scenic-drives-in-the-u-k/ Conwy to Portmeirion Distance: 38. then it's straight into the open arms of 3 tasty miles of fluid tarmac. it's time to turn right (to stay on the A4086) and up onto the Llanberis Pass. crystal lakes of Llynnau Mymbyr sit in the foreground. to the Royal Town of Caernarfon.169 feet ascent into the mountains and then on to Beddgelert.5 miles Roads: B5106.To tour the region by car. The road cruises along the waterside for a mile and a half before bidding it farewell. Snowdon.com/great_roads/A4086. http://www. Just as you'd expect. a road that takes you from the small village of Capel Curig.com/social/top-10-uk-scenic-drives/ The Snowdonia National Park affords visitors views of Mount Snowdon and has many picture postcard Welsh villages for you to drive through. this signals a calming in the route and 2 miles on you reach Llanberis. Heading downhill the road remains busy. the road quickly tightens and is soon framed by angular climbs and ever-growing drops. You reach the summit of your journey all too quickly and you're soon on the descent to Llanberis. but not before sneaking past the Glyderau and one of Britain's busiest mountains. before you know it. Leaving evidence of man behind. complete with a thin layer of cloud around their shoulders for that extra bit of theatre. What better place to start than at Conwy Castle on the North Wales Coast and making your way along the various A and B roads (starting on the B5106) through to Betws-y-Coed and Snowdonia (perhaps stopping to travel on the Welsh Mountain Railway to reach the summit of Mount Snowdon) and ending at the tourist village of Portmeirion (famous for being used as the filmset of the Prisoner with its weird and wonderful brightly coloured buildings. this takes you through the Pass of Llanberis on a 1. Setting off from Capel Curig your journey starts and. walls that obstruct your view and the occasional wing-mirror-swiping boulder keep you alert. Lazy turns and subtle gradient changes are rapidly eaten up and. and for the driver it's even better. A498 Useful postcodes for your satnav: LL48 6ER (Portmeirion) LL55 4TY (Llanberis Lake Railway) LL32 8LD (Conwy Castle)
. http://www. start at Betws y Coed.html Sitting at the top of Wales is the A4086.
there are a number of trails leading to the summit. giving the opportunity to take in some spectacular views en-route to the summit of Snowdon (if you’re feeling fit!) and typical welsh slate clad villages along the way.
. Betws-y-Coed is a principal village located within Snowdonia. The train takes you on a journey of 4.route to the summit. this drive takes you over the winding roads of Snowdonia National Park. Return tickets cost from £25 for adults and £18 for children* There are also opportunities to purchase single tickets to the summit if you choose to walk down the trails of Snowdon on the way back to your car. located 17 miles from Betws-y-Coed and take a trip to the top of Mount Snowdon by steam train in just one hour. Discover Llanberis.7 miles up from Llanberis village to the summit of Mt Snowdon – the highest mountain in Wales and England – where you can relax and take in the views in the Hafod Eryri visitor centre. If you’re feeling energetic and would rather walk up the trails of Snowdon en.Beginning at Conwy. as well as being within easy reach of attractions such as Conwy Castle (15 miles) and the bizarre township of Portmeirion (22 miles) – the filming location of the cult TV show The Prisoner. and offers an excellent starting point for your drive through the mountains. home of the famous Conwy Castle. which can take approximately 5 hours on foot if you follow the path that accompanies the railway trail.