Andy Strangeway

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Andy Strangeway (born 1965 in Londesborough, East Riding of Yorkshire) is a decorator and adventurer from the Yorkshire Wolds. He has landed and slept on all 162 of Scotland's islands of 100 acres (40 hectares) and above. He completed this challenge on 29 August 2007 after landing on Soay, St. Kilda the day before.[1]

On Saturday 8 August 2009, upon landing Out Stack, Strangeway claimed to be the first person to land the four extreme points of Scotland.[2] However, as he has not yet landed on Rockall, this claim is disputed.[3] On 10 May 2010, Strangeway claimed to have successfully applied for the first ever planning permission for Rockall to replace the Queen's plaque.[4][5][6] He intended to do this 2011 but abandoned the trip.[7] However, Tom McClean had in fact applied successfully for consent for his temporary shelter in 1985.[citation needed]

Upon landing and sleeping on the southerly point of Yorkshire on 5/6 February 2011 Strangeway became the first person not only to sleep on the summits of the three Ridings but also the first person to sleep on the seven extreme points of Yorkshire.[8][9][10] On 31 August 2011 Strangeway became the first person to sleep at each of the six extreme points of Great Britain solo on consecutive nights.[11][12] In September 2012, he became the first person to sleep on the summit of all 52 counties of England and Wales.[13][14]

Strangeway is an access rights campaigner.[15][16] In June 2012, he successfully campaigned for the removal of 69 No Overnight Parking signs on trunk roads in the Highlands.[17][18] He followed this in September 2012 by successfully campaigning for an estimated 250 No Overnight Parking signs to be removed from non-trunk roads across the Highlands.[19]

On 7 May 2015, Strangeway stood as the UK Independence Party candidate for the Wolds Weighton ward of East Riding of Yorkshire Council, finishing fourth in the three-member ward with 1,915 votes.[20] As an independent candidate, he was elected for the Pocklington Provincial ward in a by-election on 7 April 2016.[21] Standing in the May 2019 election, he lost his place and is no longer a councillor.


  1. ^ Strangeway, Andy (2007). Island Man – Naive Beginnings. ISBN 978-0-9557919-0-1.
  2. ^ Marter, Hans J (12 August 2009). "North, south, east and west". Shetland News. Archived from the original on 14 August 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  3. ^ "Conquering perilous Rockall". Stornoway Gazette. 29 May 2008. Retrieved 30 June 2015.
  4. ^ Collins, Nick (13 May 2010). "'Islandman' to reassert UK claim to disputed island". The Daily Telegraph. London.
  5. ^ "Adventurer plans new plaque for Rockall". The Scotsman. Edinburgh. 13 May 2010.
  6. ^ "Rockall plaque proposal approved". BBC News. 12 May 2010.
  7. ^ "Rockall". Andy Strangeway. Archived from the original on 26 September 2012. Retrieved 15 August 2012.
  8. ^ "Yorkshire Extreme Points". Island Man UK Adventurer. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  9. ^ "'Island Man' Andy Strangeway prepares for Atlantic challenge on Rockall by sleeping out on Yorkshire summits". The York Press. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  10. ^ "Island Man Andy's extreme adventure". Pocklington Press. 14 February 2011. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  11. ^ Catton, Richard (3 September 2011). "Andy Strangeway, from Full Sutton, sleeps in extreme areas of Britain". The York Press. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Great Britain Extreme Points". Island Man UK Adventurer. Retrieved 13 November 2011.
  13. ^ The first person to sleep at highest points of counties to complete challenge in lowly Huntingdonshire – Latest News. Hunts Post .(21 September 2012).
  14. ^ Andy makes history on county top challenge Archived 15 November 2012 at the Wayback Machine. (25 September 2012).
  15. ^ "Scottish Islands Access Rights". Andy Strangeway. Archived from the original on 4 November 2009. Retrieved 23 December 2009.
  16. ^ Mathew Little (12 January 2010). "Charging charities fees to climb Ben Nevis 'breaks access laws'". Third Sector. Archived from the original on 18 July 2011. Retrieved 12 January 2010.
  17. ^ "Remote sleeper Andy Strangeway wins overnight parking fight in Highlands". BBC News. 8 June 2012. Retrieved 3 July 2015.
  18. ^ Campaign victory over parking signs. Herald Scotland (9 June 2012).
  19. ^ "Council overnight parking U-turn is sign of the times". Ross-shire Journal. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  20. ^ "Wolds Weighton Ward — East Riding". Local Elections Archive Project. Andrew Teale. Retrieved 31 July 2016.
  21. ^ "Independent Elected on Anti-fracking Platform". Yorkshire & the Humber. Green Party. 15 April 2016. Retrieved 20 April 2016.


  • Scottish Island Explorer magazine January–February 2008
  • "Journal". John Muir Trust. 43. John Muir Trust: 3. October 2007. Retrieved 27 July 2010.

External links[edit]