BBC’s Rickshaw Challenge comes to Dumfries & Galloway

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Galloway Forest Park
The One Show is gearing up for their third Rickshaw Challenge, and this year the route brings them back to Scotland! Presenters Matt Baker, Alex Jones and their team of five young rickshaw riders will pedal from Giants Causeway in Northern Ireland back to BBC Elstree in Oxford in just eight days, all in aid of BBC Children in Need.

The 700-mile journey kicks off this Friday, with the second day of the journey taking them from Larne, Co. Antrim to the historic town of Dumfries on Saturday 9th November. While the journey may not be easy, the team will be treated to some amazing scenery en route – Dumfries & Galloway is rich in forests and parks, peaceful lochs and beautiful sandy beaches, not to mention striking castles and charming historic towns. This year the team will be rickshawing around the clock, with members taking turns to do nightshifts. Dumfries & Galloway is famed for its stunning dark skies and is home to Galloway Forest Park, the UK’s first Dark Sky Park, so the lucky midnight rider should also have plenty of opportunity to stargaze as they cycle.

It’s not the first time the Rickshaw Challenge has visited Scotland – Matt Baker set off from Edinburgh Castle on the first challenge in 2011, notching up £1.26 million in donations as he wheeled his way back to London. Help Team Rickshaw 2013 beat previous years’ targets with a donation at the BBC Children in Need page, or cheer them on as they cross the finish line at the Clock Tower in Dumfries on Saturday 9th November.

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Sophie Cameron

Media Executive at VisitScotland
Originally from the Black Isle, Sophie lives in Edinburgh and spends most of her time reading, running and roaming around Scotland.