Ffestiniog & Welsh Highland Railways

May 24th 2011

Trains & ospreys by open-top bus - The Pont Croesor connection

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It will normally be operated by an open-top double decker if the weather is suitable. The service runs daily except Sundays from 28th May to 4th June, and again from 18th July to 10th September. However, it will also run on Sunday 11th September in conjunction with Super Power weekend.

The bus is timed to connect with the Welsh Highland trains running between Caernarfon and Pont Croesor. But most journeys also allow time to visit the RSPB’s Glaslyn osprey centre adjacent to Pont Croesor Station. Here, you can view the only pair of ospreys in north Wales on their nest, either on a large closed-circuit TV screen or through powerful binoculars in the centre’s hide.   And you may be treated to the splendid sight of the male osprey flying off on one of his regular fishing trips, as featured on a recent BBC1 Country Tracks programme.

Three chicks have just hatched – the first, on 9th May, was the earliest osprey chick ever known to have hatched in the UK. They should fledge in July, and visitors after that time may be rewarded with the spectacle of the whole family on the wing, preparing for their return to Africa towards the end of August.

The one-way bus journey takes fifteen minutes. Journeys operate from Harbour Station at 1130, 1420 and 1705, returning from Pont Croesor at 1240, 1515 and 1740. The buses will pick up and set down passengers at all normal bus stops between Porthmadog and Pont Croesor. Some journeys extend to or from Morfa Bychan - the full timetable can be downloaded here.

Tickets for the bus cost £1.70 single or £2.60 return (children £1.20 single or £1.70 return), and can be purchased from the driver or from our booking offices at Porthmadog, Pont Croesor, Caernarfon or Blaenau Ffestiniog. Rover tickets are NOT valid on this service, although concessionary travel passes issued by Welsh authorities only will be honoured. Please note that the open-top bus is NOT wheelchair accessible.

Admission to the osprey centre is free, but the RSPB is always glad to receive donations – and, of course, there are plenty of bird-themed souvenirs for sale in the centre!


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