You may have seen some recent articles on the “British Bigfoot” phenomenon, or perhaps you’ve seen more talk of unknown hominids in the wilds of the UK on various social media platforms. However, there is a researcher who has been at the forefront of data gathering and mapping of sightings in the UK. Deborah Hatswell has been researching cryptid encounters in her homeland for decades, and has a wealth of information on those sightings on her website britishbigfootsightingreports.com.
These are a collection of Accounts from the Ben Nevis Mountain range. An area with multiple accounts, far too many to mention here. If you would like to view more of them visit British Bigfoot and other Creatures Map
Footsteps in the Night
Some years ago now myself and my friends decided to do a wild camp at the campsite at the foot of Ben Nevis and walk the mountain the next day spending the following night sleeping rough on the mountain, which I thought would be a nice little adventure and give us something to talk about for years to come. Our first night’s camp was pretty uneventful. The second night things changed!!!
Sleeping in a damp cold bivvy is not at all pleasant. I did finally drop off to sleep but I woke up for some unknown reason in the middle of the night. As I lay awake I could hear footsteps walking round us. At first I was quite interested in this, as I thought an animal of some description had paid us a visit. But as time went on I began to realise this was definitely a two legged creature, with quite purposeful steps. The footsteps, by now, were really close – only a couple of feet away, and I started to get the chills and had a massive fear come over me from nowhere, I was on high alert instantley.
Given my colleagues were also only a couple of feet away, I had no real reason to worry as they (apart from anything else) are big and very strong. Eventually I calmed myself and drifted off to sleep. I remember waking up at around 0:600 hrs with ice covering the outside of the bivvy. I decided to pack everything up and walk to the campsite for a well deserved lovely hot shower.
The other two eventually packed up their equipment and followed me down the mountain. Dean complained heavily about my kicking him in the head as his bivvy was on the ground at my feet? Simon complete with smoking jacket and cravat said he slept like a baby. I only briefly thought in passing about the footsteps creeping round us during the night, but put it down to being over tired and possibly being awoken in half slumber where dreams can get mixed up with reality and therefore didn’t feel it necessary to tell the others.
Having got ourselves nice and clean with warm dry clothes it was time to make our way back south. The drive was, as usual, monotonous, especially when we arrived at the M6 motorway. By then we had run out of things to talk about until Dean said “did you hear any footsteps walking round us last night?” and at this point I realised I hadn’t dreamt it after all.
We discussed this for a while and none of us could explain it, Simon simply did not hear it as he slept right through and Dean, to this day, has never given it much thought. I still have no idea what it was, and, as this was some years ago, will never know, only that it was a strange experience.
We had a safe journey home and true to his word Dean has never walked up a mountain again. For my part, it was something I wouldn’t have missed for the world and I look back on that little adventure with such fond memories. I still have the bivvy bag and have not slept in it since, simply because the opportunity hasn’t arisen. Simon given he didn’t hear the footsteps has not given it a second thought. Writing this I still get the chills about who, or what, it may have been.
Box Hill is a summit of the North Downs in Surrey, approximately 19 miles south-west of London. The hill takes its name from the ancient box woodland found on the steepest west-facing chalk slopes overlooking the River Mole. The western part of the hill is owned and managed by the National Trust, whilst the village of Box Hill lies on higher ground to the east. The highest point is Betchworth Clumps at 735 ft. Box Hill lies within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and forms part of the Mole Gap to Reigate Escarpment Site of Special Scientific Interest. The north- and south-facing slopes support an area of chalk downland, noted for its orchids and other rare plant species.
Police in London are hunting a chimpanzee like creature reported to have broken into a flat and stolen a mobile phone and electrical equipment.
Officers received reports of burglaries at 0745 BST and 0840 BST on Sunday at separate addresses in Gore Road, Hackney, east London.
A Scotland Yard spokesman said: “Only small items of personal property, a mobile phone and parts of a stereo system, were stolen. It’s weird – I don’t know whether to believe it or not
Victim, Tony Morgan stated “The caller of the second burglary confirmed to police he had seen an ape disappearing from the premises.”
Witness Statement: Borough Woods is a small area in the north east of england, not far from Morpeth and I guess about ten miles, maybe less from Bolam Country Park, the home of The Bolam Beast, an upright hairy Ape like creature often called The British Wildman or British Bigfoot. The Area has many different habitats to offer and Fields and small woods follow the River Wansbeck and it is an area close to the many other country parks. I am a fellow interested researcher and work in the area itself for a while now.
So naturally, being an avid FT reader and being so close to Bolam Lake I already knew a number of people who researched here and also who had had their own experience with the Hairy Human like creature people describe, so I was regaling a couple of my colleagues with the story of “the beast” as nobody, except one or two of the local project officers, had heard of it before. I was explaining the sightings from witnesses to this “creature” and the area itself.
At the end of the first day’s work, we were worn out and heading back to base on foot as it was a lovely evening, we were walking along the River Wansbeck, when there was the oddest noise from up the top of the site where we had been working just minutes before. We all heard it at the same time. I can only describe it as a tremendous scream, but it didn’t sound like any animal I’ve ever heard before and it didn’t sound very Human either. It really stood out to me as unusual and that’s what made us all stop and stand still and listen.
I was contacted by Gentleman today who is a regular bushcrafter and wild camper Fell Wanderer, he has been in contact with a fellow outdoorsman P, who was camping with a friend at Donkley woods in the North East of England, this is a small wooded area on the banks of the River North Tyne close to Kielder reservoir. As many of you know Kielder is one of our hotspots for sighting accounts here in the UK. The British Bigfoot subject is new to so many of us that I thought it might be useful for me to share some of the things that are sent in. So over the coming weeks im going to be sharing some photographs and videos that are sent in to me every month. I think a lot of us have finds or shots we are really unsure about, and sometimes presenting them for analysis can seem very daunting, not only do things get taken out of context or misinformation is given by so many, a lot of us are really unsure what we should do with them.. So the things we find sit unseen by the majority of other researchers. Like this photograph today,, nobody is making any “bigfoot” claims here, they are simply saying, I dont remember seeing anyone else out there that day and this picture seems to show a “figure of some kind” walking away.