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Last Updated: Thursday, 22 January, 2004, 15:40 GMT
Naked rambler completes his trek
Stephen Gough
Mr Gough has had a long journey to the far north
The man dubbed the naked rambler has finally completed his marathon trek from Land's End to John O'Groats.

Stephen Gough, 44, from Hampshire, finished his walk after seven months, much of which was spent in jail.

Mr Gough celebrated with a bottle of champagne and said he was looking forward to a good meal and a soft bed before heading home to Hampshire.

The former Royal Marine made the 900-mile journey to question society's attitude towards the human body.

He was arrested several times, made several court appearances and served two jail sentences on his journey, following complaints from members of the public.

Mr Gough began his crusade to promote the virtues of going naked in June, setting off from Land's End in England to John O'Groats in Scotland. His route also took him into Wales.

Stephen Gough
This is just one step in the whole process of making people aware about our bodies because we are so paranoid about them
Stephen Gough
He has spent his time walking, often in near freezing temperatures, wearing only socks, walking boots, his hat and his rucksack.

Mr Gough said it would take time to change people's minds, but that he hoped the campaign would be successful.

He said: "You plan and look ahead and then when it finally arrives it's all a bit of a blur, as if it's not really happening.

"People have been coming down to meet me, taking photographs of me. Someone shook a bottle of champagne all over me.

"I think tonight I'll have a really big meal because I haven't really eaten in the last few days. I ran out of food and ended up having to drink out of streams.

"I'll have to have a think about what I'm going to do next.

"This is just one step in the whole process of making people aware about our bodies because we are so paranoid about them."

He said he was planning to stay the night in John O'Groats before putting his clothes back on and heading south.


WATCH AND LISTEN
BBC Scotland's Craig Anderson
"The real hitch was when he reached the Highlands"


Stephen Gough
"I feel I've not done any harm to anybody else"



SEE ALSO:
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Naked rambler back behind bars
01 Dec 03  |  Scotland
Naked rambler arrested again
29 Nov 03  |  Scotland
Naked rambler's court ban
07 Nov 03  |  Scotland
'Naked rambler' back in jail
30 Oct 03  |  Hampshire/Dorset
'Naked rambler' back in cells
03 Oct 03  |  Scotland



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