Bivy Bag Nights

In Scotland you can virtually wild camp anywhere. In England and Wales this is not the case. The law permits walking on public rights of way and CRoW land but camping is not allowed without the permission of the land owner. Due to data protection, the Government outdoor body Natural England (NE) could not give me the contact details of land owners so I could seek such permissions.

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I quickly realised that the law could never legislate against a 2 month old baby falling asleep in its’ father’s arms and so developed my thinking from there. As camping is stated to be in a tent, cabin or hut, I submitted the following statement to NE:

“On public rights of way I have a right to pass and re-pass, take rest and/or sleep so long as it is not in a tent”

They did not disagree. As a result I slept on the summit of 49 out of the 52 county tops of England and Wales in my bivy bag.

Sleeping under the stars in remote locations is one of the delights of life. I have slept on remote islands, at extreme points, tripoints and on the summits of counties. Below is a list of my bivy bag nights.

  1. Boreray, St Kilda – 18/19 June 2007
  2. Soay, St Kilda – Westernmost Point of Scotland, GB and UK – 28/29 August 2007
  3. Inchcolm, Firth of Forth – 20/21 July 2008
  4. Bass Rock, Firth of Forth – 2/3 September 2008
  5. Marshall Meadow Bay – Northernmost Point of England – 30/31 March 2009
  6. Bound Skerry, Shetland – Easternmost Point of Scotland – 2/3 August 2009
  7. Tyke’s Way – Northernmost Point of Yorkshire – 30/31 October 2010
  8. Mickle Fell – Yorkshire and North Riding Top  – 6/7 November 2010
  9. Greave Clough Head – Westernmost Point of Yorkshire – 13/14 November 2010
  10. Whernside – West Riding Top – 23/24 November 2010
  11. Bishop Wilton Wold – East Riding Top – 28/29 January 2011
  12. Spurn Point – Easternmost Point of Yorkshire – 29/30 January 2011
  13. Lizard Point, Cornwall – Southernmost point GB – 25/26 August 2011
  14. Holme Fen, Huntingdonshire – Lowest Point of GB and UK – 26/27 August 2011
  15. Lowestoft Ness, Suffolk – Easternmost Point GB – 27/28 August 2011
  16. Walney Island – Westernmost Point of Lancashire -27/28 September 2011
  17. Old Man of Coniston, Coniston – Lancashire Top – 28/29 September 2011
  18. Nab, Elter Water – Northernmost Point of Lancashire – 29/30 September 2011
  19. Hale Head, Hale – Southernmost Point of Lancashire – 30 September/1 October 2011
  20. Bleakedgate Moor, Denshaw – Easternmost Point of Lancashire – 1/2 October 2011
  21. The Cheviot – Northumberland Top – 14/15 October 2011
  22. Burnhope Seat – Durham Top – 15/16 October 2011
  23. Beacon Hill – Norfolk Top – 12/13 December 2011
  24. Great Wood – Suffolk Top – 13/14 December 2011
  25. High Wood – Essex Top – 14/15 December 2011
  26. Leith Hill – Surrey Top – 15/16 December 2011
  27. Lewesdon Hill – Dorset Top – 16/17 December 2011
  28. High Willhays – Devon Top – 17/18 December 2011
  29. Brown Willy – Cornwall Top – 18/19 December 2011
  30. Black Down – Sussex Top – 30/31 January 2012
  31. Dunkery Beacon – Somerset Top – 31 January/1 February 2012
  32. Worcestershire Beacon – Worcestershire Top – 1/2 February 2012
  33. Cleeve Hill – Gloucestershire Top – 2/3 February 2012
  34. Dunstable Downs – Bedfordshire Top – 3/4February 2012
  35. Newtonwood Lane – Nottinghamshire Top – 8/9 February 2012
  36. Brown Clee Hill – Shropshire Top – 9/10 February 2012
  37. Ebrington Hill Shoulder – Warwickshire Top – 17/18 February 2012
  38. Cowleaze Wood – Oxfordshire Top – 18/19 February 2012
  39. Wendover Woods – Buckinghamshire – 19/20 February 2012
  40. Cheeks Hill – Staffordshire Top – 1/2 March 2012
  41. Black Mountains Ridge – Herefordshire Top – 2/3 March 2012
  42. Arbury Hill – Northamptonshire Top – 3/4 March 2012
  43. Castle Camps – Cambridgeshire Tops – 4/5 March 2012
  44. Flitteris Park – Rutland Top – 5/6 March 2012
  45. Bardon Hill – Leicestershire Top – 6/7 March 2012
  46. Snowdon – Caernarfonshire Top – 21/22 March 2012
  47. Scafell Pike – Cumberland Top – 27/28 March 2012
  48. Normanby Top – Lincolnshire Top – 23/24 June 2012
  49. Black Hill – Cheshire Top – 24/25 June 2012
  50. Helvellyn – Westmorland Top – 25/26 June 2012
  51. Moel Famau – Flintshire Top – 26/27 June 2012
  52. Cadair Berwyn – Denbighshire Top – 27/28 June 2012
  53. Moel Sych – Montgomeryshire Top – 28/29 June 2012
  54. Great Rhos – Radnorshire Top – 7/8 July 2012
  55. Pen y Fan – Brecknockshire Top – 8/9 July 2012
  56. Craig y Fan – Glamorgan Top – 9/10 July 2012
  57. Aran Fawddwy – Merionethshire Top – 19/20 July 2102
  58. Walbury Hill – Hampshire Top – 20/21 July 2012
  59. Walbury Hill Shoulder – Berkshire Top – 21/22 July 2012
  60. Fan Foel – Carmarthenshire Top – 22/23 July 2012
  61. Milk Hill – Wiltshire Top – 26/27 August 2012
  62. Pen Pumlumon Fawr – Cardiganshire Top – 4/5 September 2012
  63. Foel Cwmcerwyn – Pembrokeshire Top – 5/6 September 2012
  64. Chwarel y Fan – Monmouthshire Top – 6/7 September 2012
  65. Kinder Scout – Derbyshire Top – 7/8 September 2012
  66. Bush Ground –  Huntingdonshire Top – 22/23 September 2012
  67. Holyhead Mountain –  Anglesey Top – 23/24 September 2012
  68. Filey Brigg Island – Most Easterly Point – North Riding – 4/5 June 2013
  69. Swarth Fell Pike – Most Westerly Point – North Riding – 5/6 June 2013
  70. Docker Knott – Most Northerly Point – West Riding – 6/7 June 2013
  71. Spurn Point – Most Southerly Point – East Riding – 20/21 July 2013
  72. Hawkin’s Point – 21/22 July 2013
  73. Meikle Says Law Shoulder – Berwickshire Top – 20/21 January 2014
  74. Wharfe’s Mouth Ness – Most Westerly Point – East Riding – 15/16 April 2014
  75. Lancashire – Westmorland – Yorkshire – Tripoint – 28/29 June 2015
  76. County Durham – Cumberland – Northumberland – Tripoint – 29/30 June 2015
  77. Strumpshaw Hill – Broads National Park Top – 3/4 July 2015
  78. Adlingfleet Drain – West Riding – Most Easterly Point – 2/3 July 2015
  79. Dumfriesshire – Peeblesshire – Selkirkshire – Tripoint – 11/12 September 2015
  80. Buckinghamshire – Hertfordshire – Middlesex  – Tripoint –  18/19 September 2015
  81. Berkshire – Buckinghamshire – Oxfordshire – Tripoint – 20/21 September 2015
  82. Telegraph Hill – New Forest National Park Top – 21/22 September 2015
  83. Dorset – Hampshire – Wiltshire – Tripoint – 22/23 September 2015
  84. Berkshire – Hampshire – Wiltshire – Tripoint – 23/24 September 2015
  85. Derbyshire – Leicestershire – Staffordshire – Tripoint – 12/13 October 2015
  86. Leicestershire – Northamptonshire – Warwickshire – Tripoint – 13/14 October 2015

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