South Scotland

Kirkton teenager takes African motorbike challenge

Biking girl
Image caption Natasha Moss hopes to complete the challenge in less than three weeks

A teenage girl from Dumfries and Galloway has set off on her motorbike to ride to north Africa and back.

Natasha Moss, 17, of Kirkton, is undertaking the 4,500-mile challenge to raise funds for Children in Need and a number of other charities.

She will be accompanied by her father, Stuart, for the journey, inspired by Ewan McGregor's Long Way Round.

They hope to complete the trip from south west Scotland and back in about three weeks.

The sixth year student at Wallace Hall Academy has not had long to prepare for the challenge.

"I have only had my licence for five months," she said.

"But I had my provisional when I was 16 so I've been riding for about a year and half now."

As well as Children in Need a percentage of the funds will go to Cash for Kids and the Yorkhill Children's Hospital.

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