Donna Goodman was raised on the isle of Anglesey off the rugged northwest coast of Wales. With a degree in Environmental Science and a working background in countryside management (which covers everything from land conservation and soil sciences to sheep herding and fence-building!) Donna is a passionate and skilled botanist, and worked in Yorkshire for over ten years as a countryside ranger before returning to her beloved Wales. Donna earned Wales’ prestigious Blue Badge Guide certification in 2000, and expertly weaves her homeland’s fascinating history, Bardic traditions, and ancient Celtic language into each journey she leads. Hwyl, roughly translated from Welsh as “fun,” is also at the top of her checklist for every adventure. The Welsh are known to possess deep passion and a profound sense of belonging to their land, and Donna shares these generously as well. As Donna puts it, “Being knowledgeable doesn’t mean you have to be dull. I want my trips to get under the skin of a place, I want interaction with locals, I want to reveal how the landscape has shaped us and how we have shaped it.” She has traveled extensively around the world from Antartica to Tibet, but is firmly and happily rooted in Wales. When she’s not adventuring, you’ll find Donna at her home in the historic royal town of Caernarfon, hands deep in her vegetable garden.
Donna did a wonderful job on this trip. She is very knowledgeable about England's history, environment, and customs, and was very attentive to the needs of the group. Her upbeat and friendly personality made the trip very enjoyable.
Donna was very knowledgable, energetic, and upbeat, and always kept the trip interesting. She was an excellent hike leader.
It would be hard to find anyone more passionate about Wales, her native land. She is fun, knowledgable...always wanting everyone to have the best experience possible. One of the best leaders I have had.
Donna is one of the most delightful leaders with whom I have ever been associated. She is a great, warm storyteller that totally transfixed our group with the historical events of Wales going back across the centuries and millennia.
I have done several hiking trips with WT, and I must say that Donna stands out as one of the most knowledgeable and most enthusiastic to share her passion for Wales. She brought every day alive—whether it was about history, the Welsh language, foods, flora, weather, etc.
Donna's knowledge of all things Welsh was beyond excellent and imparted to us with an enthusiasm that was was both fun and interesting.
Donna is a wealth of information and imparts it with enthusiasm and grace. She has boundless energy and looks after her charges with kindness and much consideration. She is cheerful and fun and made every day a joyful experience.