Urra Moor (Round Hill)

Last night I spent my first night under the stars for two and a half years. I chose Urra Moor, the highest point of the North York Moors National Park for my return.

North Riding Flag On The Summit of North York Moors

  • Distance From Home: 59 miles
  • Height (ft): 1,4904ft
  • Height (m): 454m
  • Grid Reference: NZ594015
  • Dates Slept On: 23/24 March 2019

I could not have wished for a more perfect night for a return to my bivy bag.

With the exception of the call of the Red Grouse it was a peaceful nights sleep. Bedding down at 18.30 I awoke to a star filled sky and a bright moon. The moon made it possible to walk down the hill at 04.00 without the aid of my torch.

It was good to be back.

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Glas Maol – Angus

Glas Maol is the county top of Angus

  • County: Angus
  • Highest Point: Glas Mol
  • Height (ft): 3504ft
  • Height (m): 1068m
  • Grid Reference: NO166765
  • Dates Slept On: 20/21 September 2016

Posted in Bivy Bag, County Tops

Scotland’s 162 Islands Slept On 

In September 2003, I embarked upon my adventure to become the first person not only to land but also sleep on all of Scotland’s 162 islands that are 40 hectares and above, firmly believing that the islands would allow me to spend a night with each one of them. This I completed on 29th August 2007 when I left Soay, St. Kilda.

Slept On Amendment One (2)

Posted in Scottish Islands

County Tops Challenge – England and Wales

For those who are looking for an achievable challenge I share the County Tops Challenge – England and Wales.

Helvellyn – Westmoreland

On Monday 24 September 2012 I completed my  challenge to become the first person to sleep on all 52 county tops of England and Wales, of which 49 were in my bivy bag.

Please see County Tops.

Posted in Bivy Bag, County Tops

Sleeping Under The Stars – Remote UK Locations

Sleeping under the stars in remote locations is one of the delights of life. In the UK I have slept on many remote uninhabited islands, at extreme points, tripoints and on the summits of counties.

Boreray, St Kilda

Take a look at Bivy Bag Nights to see some of the most rugged, remote and awesome places you could ever spend a night in the UK.

Posted in Bivy Bag, Scottish Islands

Scottish Islands

In September 2003, I embarked upon my adventure to become the first person not only to land but also sleep on all of Scotland’s 162 islands that are 40 hectares and above, firmly believing that the islands would allow me to spend a night with each one of them. This I completed on 29th August 2007 when I left Soay, St. Kilda.

Please see Scottish Islands Slept On 

Upon completion I wrote the book Island Man Naive Beginnings  which covers the first 42 islands.

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To receive a copy of the book to be sent to any UK address simply make a donation of £13 to cover the cost of book and p&p and email me your address info@island-man.co.uk

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The Outdoors Calls

For the past three years my political life as an East Riding of Yorkshire Independent Councillor has meant I have had to put my outdoor life on hold.

Turning 54 yesterday and getting fatter I decided there are things I would still like to do in the outdoor world.

Firstly this blog will see a major overall. After which, when the weather allows, my bivy bag will be dusted down.

Posted in Bivy Bag