Kirsty Scott Saturday October 4, 2003 The Guardian,3604,1055660,00.html

The naked rambler was last night back behind bars only hours after being freed from a month in a Scottish prison.

Stephen Gough, 44, was arrested and charged with committing another breach of the peace, this time at Cromarty Bridge only two miles from where he resumed his ill-fated attempt to walk from Land’s End to John O’ Groats.

Earlier in the day he had been admonished by a sheriff at Dingwall sheriff court after being found guilty of conducting himself in a disorderly manner and committing a breach of the peace.

After leaving the court and hitching a lift, Mr Gough, clad only in his socks, hiking boots and jungle hat, set off on his hike again towards the Cromarty Bridge, but within two hours had been rearrested.

“Once I get going I don’t feel the cold,” he had told reporters. “My spell in prison has made me even more passionate about my belief that I have the right to go naked in public. I don’t think I am alarming anyone.”

Yesterday’s hearing was Mr Gough’s fifth appearance in the Scottish courts since he started his UK tour to promote naturism. He had been in prison in Inverness since being arrested at the end of August as he left the city for the last leg of his journey.

During the trial, in which Gough, dressed only in a blue blanket, represented himself, the court heard how a woman had called police after coming across the rambler near her home in Tore in Rosshire.

He will appear at Dingwall sheriff court on Monday.

Steve Gough’s naked adventures

also, a message board, showing his progress:

CNN have also taken an interest:

Blimey! he’s only naked!

AND, for my own contribution, see my PhotoBlog:

Naked Rambling on Cubar Edge, Derbyshire Peak District

Steve is not alone: check out this earlier entry in my blog at: