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Actor Ewan McGregor and friend Charley Boorman have begun a second epic motorcycle journey, this time in support of charity.

In 2004 the pair travelled from Scotland to New York via Europe and Asia in a journey dubbed ‘Long Way Round’, and this new journey will take them from London to Cape Town in South Africa – the ‘Long Way Down’.

Of the 20 countries along the route, many are affected by poverty or civil war, and the travelers aim to raise money for UNICEF, the Children's Hospice Association Scotland and Riders For Health, a charity supporting motorcycle-riding health workers in Africa.

McGregor, says, “Long Way Round changed us all – it bound us together and made our dreams come true – and it’s not often something like that happens. So to be given another opportunity to do something like this is amazing.”

The journey can be tracked at www.bbc.co.uk/longwaydown/, and will later be documented in a television series.

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