The wonders of Wales visited on charity bike ride


Staff reporter (Leader Live)

A FORMER homeless dad has visited all seven wonders of Wales on an epic bike ride around the country.

James Hopson, 44, cycled from his home town of Wrexham for 850 miles, taking in the seven wonders on the 13-day cycle, in aid of the Salvation Army and Pedal Power.

Mr Hospon managed to cycle on his bike nicknamed ‘Betsie’, to and from Wrexham, taking in Pistyll Rhaeadr, St Giles Church, Gresford Church, Llangollen Bridge, the Overton Yew Trees, St Winefride’s Well in Holywell, and Wales’ highest mountain, Snowdon.

The only problem he endured was a puncture when he came to a halt and was climbing off his bike for a day in Swansea.

His latest efforts come after Mr Hospon rode 1,700 miles in memory of his son Dewi in the summer of 2013, who died at just six-weeks-old in 2010 because of complications related to cystic fibrosis.

He also rode for his other son, 

seven-year-old Dylan, who also 

has cystic fibrosis and is helped by 

the Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Mr Hopson, who resides at Ty Nos night shelter on Holt Road, said: “I wanted to raise money for the Salvation Army because they helped me when I was homeless – they helped me with food and somewhere to stay. Pedal Power is a great cause.

“I was overwhelmed by the support on my route, the whole of Wales seemed to come out and support the ride. I had police escorts down the A55 and other cyclists joining me on the route.

“My favourite of the seven wonders has to be Pistyll Rhaeadr waterfalls, they are very peaceful and I felt at one with myself sat under there, watching the waterfall. Snowdon was a wonderful experience as well.

“I saw all number of things on the way, and a mural of Gary Speed on a bridge in Swansea was quite moving. I also loved riding through Brecon, down to Abergavenny, it’s nice down there.

“Hopefully I’ve made a difference, as you’ve got to do something.”

Donations can still be made directly to The Salvation Army and Pedal Power.

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