"Sobriety saves lives. I should know, it saved mine."
Support our intrepid team of Summit for Danny climbers as they hike through Wales. Each climber pays for their own trip expenses and fundraises a minimum of $1,500 for adolescent substance abuse treatment at the Daniel Bryant Youth and Family Center by asking their friends and family to support their climb.
This year hikers from our Summit for Danny Team are scheduled to hike from September 5-10. Follow their journey through Wales, where trails lead up four mountain ranges carved out during the last ice age, descend through conifer woods, wrap around glacial lakes, continue along the most breathtaking coastline in Britain, over craggy green wildflower-lined terrain and end in the stunning Carew Castle, one of the most magnificent castles celebrated in South Wales.
Hikers travel into the heart of Brecon Beacons National Park, a 520-square mile park with hills, valleys and four mountain ranges carved out during the last ice age, plus over 3,000 miles of hedgerow. We start our hike on a path lined with leafy ferns to an escarpment where we're surrounded by sweeping vistas of emerald hills and bucolic pastureland. Our route takes us to the summit of Fan Y Big, the perfect spot to take in the incredible view! Following lunch, the trail descends into the valley below.
Our next destination is the ivy-covered doorstep of Llangoed Hall, our home for the next two nights. Set among 17 acres of beautiful gardens, this elegant Edwardian country retreat was a former home of fashion icon Laura Ashley.
Hikers will be back to the Brecon Beacons National Park for a portion of Offa's Dyke Path. The full path spans 177 miles along the English-Welsh border and traces an ancient earthen ditch built at the command of King Offa of Mercia in the 8th century. As we climb the trail, we enter the rugged Black Mountains. Made of red sandstone and dotted with grass and heather, the mountains are smaller than the peaks of the Brecon Beacons, but their beauty shines through. Impressive vistas unfold of the valley below dotted with hamlets. You might even spy some of the area's inhabitants—birds of prey, sheep and herds of nearly-wild Welsh mountain ponies.
We descend through conifer woods known as Bettws Dingle and arrive in the small Welsh village of Hay-on-Wye. Known as a town of books for its numerous book shops and annual literary festival, Hay sits on the border of England, nestled on the Wye River.
A gradual ascent takes us up a shallow valley where we discover Llyn y Fan Fach, one of two tranquil and picturesque ancient glacial lakes. Continue further along the base of the glacially carved hillsides to the second and larger lake of Llyn y Fan Fawr. Enjoy lunch on the shores of the lake before continuing to the highest point on the ridge to stand in awe of the spectacular view before heading back down to the verdant valley below. After discovering the Llyn y Fan Lakeland area, rest your legs as we drive through the rolling Pembrokeshire countryside to our luxurious and welcoming home for the next two nights — Grove of Narberth.
Hikers will explore the Pembrokeshire Coast Path, the oldest National Trail in Wales, stretching 186 miles along the most breathtaking coastline in Britain. The terrain includes a variety of rugged cliff tops, sheltered coves, twisting estuaries and expansive beaches. We arrive at Whitesands Bay Beach, a Blue Flag Beach award winner and favorite surfing spot. From this jewel of a beach, follow gentle ups and downs as you delight in the view of Ramsey Island and possibly porpoises below. Continue weaving between jagged rock formations with ocean vistas, passing the lifeboat station in Porthstinian Bay before arriving in the city of St. David’s. We continue to follow the route of St. David’s, including a visit to his birthplace, with stunning coastal views.
Back on the Pembrokeshire Coast, hiker’s start their day at Freshwater East beach, following an undulating path over craggy green wildflower-lined terrain and crossing streams over stone bridges. With the sea as our backdrop, our route offers sightings of impressive rock formations and affords us the chance to rub elbows with locals. Arriving in the tiny village of Stackpole, we get a glimpse of the area's coastal heritage and sample the finest local cuisine. Followed by a journey to the quirky and colorful town of Tenby. Steeped in ancient history and known for its medieval walls and picturesque seaside setting, take some time to explore and shop in this bustling hamlet. This afternoon you can choose to shuttle or walk the Pembrokeshire Coast Path to beautiful Saundersfoot and our home for the night, the stylish beach-inspired St. Brides Spa Hotel.
Hikers begin with a tour of the stunning Carew Castle, a Norman and Tudor fortress with a 23-acre mill pond. Originally built by the Norman Gerald of Windsor around the year 1100, Carew is celebrated as one of the most magnificent castles in South Wales. After a tour of the castle ruins and the old mill and a walk along the estuary, we return to Saundersfoot to freshen up and say our goodbyes before we shuttle to the Cardiff Airport and downtown Cardiff, where our trip ends.