I know you guys are used to me bringing you stories and experiences that some would say are completely bonkers but for me can become a little run of the mill so to speak and these days im seldom shocked by the stories and experiences that ordinary people like you or I have experienced, but even I was surprised to come across a very strange tale while looking to see what else is happening in the areas that I receive reports of British Bigfoots and Canine type creatures. Believe me or not, but our central and beautiful land-locked and windswept Peak District is said to be home to not one, but two mermaids!
The first water nymph is rumoured to live in the appropriately named Mermaid’s Pool, situated just below Kinder Scout in the High Peaks. This site was thought to be popular for ancient water rituals for two reasons; firstly, the water is salty, which is very strange for an inland lake with no access to coast or tide. Secondly the nearby waterfall of Kinder Downfall often appears to have the mythical quality of water flowing upwards on a blustery day. Many a hiker have been taken aback to see what appears to be a waterfall flowing backwards and defying gravity.
The waters of the Mermaid’s Pool are believed to offer healing qualities to those brave enough to bathe within them. For those looking for eternal life, the best time to visit is at midnight at Easter, which is the only time of the year when the Mermaid is said to appear. If she looks upon you fondly then she will grant you the gift of immortality. Make sure you catch her on a good day though, otherwise you can expect to be pulled into the pool to your death!
This account came in to me through email and the gentleman kindly allowed me to share his images and account with you.
I read the recent account with interest I am starting to see that there have been other accounts from the forest of Dean, it helps to know im not alone in what I have seen and experienced down there, as we discussed earlier when I sent my account over to you in email the Dean is a very strange place. I know there have been other strange sightings on the Dean area. During my recent walks in the Forest I have noticed my dog acting strangely, there has been only occasional strange reactions from the dog and sometimes the dog acts strange in completely different areas, not always the same area spooks him but it is out of character enough for me to keep taking note of the dogs behaviour.
This is something that happened to me a couple of weeks ago – 20th of September 18. I regularly walk a Yorkshire Terrier out in the Forest, he is a rescue dog and doesn’t like other dogs so I walk him alone and off the normal dog walking paths. He tries to fight any dog that he meets so I have to keep him on the lead. He is totally fearless, it doesn’t matter to him if it’s a Rottweiler, Pit bull or German Shepherd, he will try and have a go despite his size. Owners of Yorkshire terriers would no doubt agree.
Anyway, I am very familiar with the large local wildlife, Fallow deer, Roe deer, Muntjac deer of course the hundreds of Wild Boar now living there which I see them regularly. (the wild boar population in the Forest of Dean is becoming a pandemic problem)
On this day I was walking down a forest track about 2 miles out of Cinderford when unusually, the dog started acting in a scared and nervous manner, he was cowering behind me which has never happened before. I couldn’t think of anything that would spook him this much so I managed to get him to continue down the path for a little way. Shortly after this as Im pulling the dog along Three Wild Boar crossed the path at speed about 30 feet in front of us but as usual the dog ignored them it was something else spooking him.
I calmed him down and we slowed pace and kept on with the walk, but several minutes later, the dog started to become agitated again, once again he refused to continue with the walk he was trying to go back the way we had come. I looked around to see what could be causing this reaction and I saw a face looking at me about 100 yards away in the woods, it was just looking at me and the dog, it didn’t move or do anything. So I pulled out my phone and took a picture on maximum zoom. The dog refused to carry on so I left with him not looking back as we went back the way we came.
I have been back down that path several times since the incident and on Three occasions the dog has showed signs of anxiety again but I saw nothing, no one watching from the trees that I could make out?. I did find some stick structures nearby, but think they were probably man made. Please look at the pictures and see what you think. When your looking at them keep in mind that the ferns that the creature is standing in are 4-5 feet tall. It looks like it is standing hunched over and I thought it was possibly canine.
I m one of those people that talks to animals – I say hello to deer, boar even squirrels when I see them as I walk along. When I first saw the face looking at me, I said aloud “I can see you” and I even waved at it thinking it must be a deer or a boar. It was after looking at the face for a while that I realised it was neither got my phone out.
I think it was watching or stalking the boar I had seen minutes before and the face when I saw it was down in the ferns. I think I might have blown it’s cover that’s why it raised itself out of the ferns. I have never felt threatened whilst walking that path, in fact it is a favourite of mine due to the wildlife I encounter – although lately the wildlife seems to have left the area. I do tend to talk aloud on that path (if there is no one around) saying “just passing through and I mean you no harm.” I have not changed my routine and I still walk the path both alone and with the dog but I do get the eerie feeling of being watched sometimes. The path is only about a quarter of a mile away from the popular Sculpture Trail which attracts thousands of visitors every year. If anything, I feel privileged to have seen it and I have never heard of any similar sightings that it could be ( the usual big cat sightings are reported and I have seen one myself, along with occasional sheep kills) but I couldn’t explain what kind of creature this was, other than to say it was hair covered and looked like a canine.
My mind goes back to a Sunday morning in October this year when I was just passing through the area of the encounter, I came across 3 or 4 men, each with several dogs and long lens cameras. They were criss crossing the area – not on the paths but in the wooded sections they seemed to be searching for something ?- maybe others have seen something? Since then, contractors for the Forestry Commission have been nearby, felling trees which would have scared off any wildlife. Please use any information I have given you as you see fit, including the photo’s and my experience. I will continue to monitor the area and I will let you know if I see anything else.
As mentioned there are other reports in the Forest of Dean and you can access them here on THE MAP
Wye Valley Weirdness
Back in 1994 I was at a long weekend church camp in a cabin up in the Wye Valley. At night my friend and I (we were 17 and 16) were taking a stroll and just joking around. We were walking along a path slightly above the stream. On the other side of us was a steep hill covered in trees and brambles. As we were walking we heard deep heavy footsteps tromping parallel with us but up on the hill. At first I just thought it was an echo of our own footsteps but then I realised we were both wearing trainers and walking on a smooth tarmac stretch of track. When we stopped,”it” stopped, and it wasn’t until it stepped on some rotten wood and made a huge cracking noise that we realised there was something very, very heavy up there. But the terrain was so steep and so matted with trees and bushes there was no way a man could walk so steadily paced across it. Then the hairs on my neck started standing on edge. It wasn’t a threatening feeling but we knew we were being watched. We about turned and pegged it. But the footsteps didn’t follow. My friend later suggested it may have been a deer but this thing was bipedal and those footsteps were HEAVY – despite it walking on soft forest debris.
The Dragging Footsteps at Mitchell Troy
A married couple out walking late at night heard footsteps dragging behind them that they could not explain. When they stopped, the footsteps stopped. When a car approached the area the sounds were coming from and illuminated the area, no other person could be seen walking.
River Severn is home to more than just one “creature”! Man sees strange creature running low to the ground.
My name is Simon Austin and I am from Coleford near Gloucester, I have lived here all my life . I never knew where to report my encounter until a friend of mine told me about Mark Farnell a friend of his, who follows sightings of unexplainable creatures like Bigfoot.
I work in Staunton, one morning I woke at 05.00am and got myself ready for work. As I was driving down scowles road heading for the A4136 highway, keeping in mind there was very little to no traffic I approached a left turn junction, near stowfield quarry at that point my car was hit by a small log or branch. In shock I looked to my right from where the sound emitted from and what I saw was frightening to say the least. I witnessed a creature sprinting towards me on all fours; at least that’s what I thought until it came closer. It was running on two legs but low to the floor. It resembled a dog but had a long snout but was much taller and was very thin. I accelerated off as fast as I could.
The creature was black in colour and had frosted eyes. I have never seen anything like this before and hope I don’t see it again.
I hope this helps in anyway.
Pop over to the map and take a look for yourself, if you follow the Estuary and River you will see a multitude of reports.
Why is the area of the Bennington Triangle considered cursed? Why do people not want to live there? It seems the mountainous terrain of Glastenbury, Vermont had a bad luck curse from the beginning. What happened to the people who mysteriously disappeared from Glastenbury Mountain, Vermont?” In most Bennington Triangle cases the victims or their bodies were never found. They vanished into thin air from their bedrooms, gardens, and petrol stations and other places within the area of Bennington Triangle. Except for people disappearances, there were also numerous reports of strange sounds, people who have gone insane, peculiar smells, UFO activity, strange lights, and mysterious creatures spotted in woods. Although these happenings have long puzzled people living in the vicinity of Bennington, Vt. they have never been explained.
Officially 241 persons lived in the region in 1880. Then the “town’s” population decreased to 17 in 1920 and down to only 3 permanent residents in 1930. In 1950 there was only the one remaining resident but also on its way to move…
A number of local legends are associated with a densely wooded area of the Bennington Triangle and Glastenbury Mountain but the first white settlers did not take the legend seriously until their families and closest friends began to disappear without trace.
https://allthatsinteresting.com/bennington-triangle Some suspect a serial killer while others point a finger at the paranormal, but nobody has been able to fully explain the mysterious disappearances from Vermont’s Bennington Triangle. Followers of folklore and aficionados of the paranormal are certainly familiar with the Bermuda Triangle and perhaps even southeastern Massachusetts’ Bridgewater Triangle. But one lesser-known cousin of these areas infamous for their strange disappearances holds more than its fair share of tantalizing mysteries: the Bennington Triangle of Vermont.
Dubbed as such by Vermont author Joseph A. Citro, the Bennington Triangle is a loosely-defined area that encompasses the ghost town of Glastenbury, once a small logging community centered on the eponymous mountain in southwestern Vermont. Abandoned at the end of the 19th century after the logging boom died down, the greater Glastenbury area is now mostly untouched, pristine wilderness and is considered remote even by Vermont standards. Starting with a string of missing persons some 70 years ago, the now-abandoned town has long been the eerie setting of numerous unexplained disappearances, unsolved murders, and bizarre sightings that continue to this day. Glastenbury and its neighboring township Somerset were both once moderately thriving logging and industrial towns, but began declining toward the late 19th century and are now essentially ghost towns,unincorporated by an act of the state legislature in 1937.
The Bennington Triangle also has been a hotspot for UFO activity, Big Foot sightings, and strange lights and sounds. Other sources do seem to support that such folklore does appear to date back as far as the late 19th century. This includes the local folk belief that Native Americans regarded the Glastenbury area as “cursed” and avoided it, as well as tales of hairy “wild men” and other strange beasts in the woods.
Witness Account: I was out walking on Sunday 27th August 2018. It was around 7pm. We entered Millbank woods at Kildale. ( Millbank wood is a peaceful wood a short walk from Stamner village. You can either follow the bridle path or go across the fields to get up to the wood which lies along the top of the hill. It is part of the Stamner Park walking route.) The path in the woods in parts is a valley, with sides that slope upward and the path is at the bottom. We walked down the path and then on down to the waterfall. I felt as if I was being watched once I was down at the waterfall. It was a horrible eerie feeling. I walk all over day and night and this feeling has never happened before. I was with my husband and we wandered around the base of the waterfall for a short time to give the dog a drink then we both sat down. As we were sitting there we heard a growl and the sounds of something on the path above us as if something had walked up above. My dog also heard the noises on the path and looked up.
A large stick came down at us. We brushed this off at first as it is a wood but then something else came down on to us. We sat there for a few minutes I felt very uneasy the whole time as though whatever it was up there was watching us, my husband also felt the same. We climbed up to the top of the path the same way we had come down and my dog immediately picked up a scent so I knew something had recently walked above us, within minutes. I live in a rural area so my dog is use to picking up the scents of animals. He picks up scents of non human smells and I can tell by his behaviour. I can’t describe the eerie feeling of being watched from the trees. I wanted to leave immediately the feeling was that bad. We continued along the path. We heard another snarl and growl from in the trees. This was not a dog snarl nor was it people in the trees playing a prank, the area is very thick sloping down with trees, bushes and overgrowth.
A man in England was surprised by a monkey-like animal he says came out of the woods in the county of Suffolk.
Bury St Edmunds resident Geoff Knights says he was looking for “big cat signs” in the Offton woods, near Stowmarket, when the creature showed up on Aug. 14. “I have seen one big cat and several pug marks too,” Knights, also known as Crabtree, said. “Then I heard it as clear as day.”
A gentleman who was visiting Cannock Chase in Staffordshire came across some very strange finds. He contacted me by email and kindly agreed to share the images of the finds he came across that day, “I had also heard wood knocking in this area, it didn’t sound like a woodpecker, a much slower and a heavier sound of something being struck. I would be surprised if it was children responsible for the structure as the location is quite off the beaten track, away from the well trod areas of Cannock Chase. The collection of bones (sheep or deer?) was kind of bizarre too I can’t see a reason for them being there inside the structure.
The old dolls head was found lying in the dirt nearby. The immediate area had a sinister feel to it, quite an unnerving atmosphere for some reason. There is quite an extensive series of old mine shafts under this location. As for the pugmarks/footprints I found those at the Shoal Hill common a site unconnected to the other pictures, possibly a big cat? there was only the one print visible.
Hello, A little background about myself before I get into my story, my name is Shylah, and I am a 23 Year old guy and from the West Midlands of England in the UK. Now, I don’t live far from a place called Cannock Chase, which is where my encounter took place.
It happened when I was 19 years of age. I had just completed a new album and, at that age and with any excuse, me and my friends, Peggy, Rosalind, my boyfriend James & his friends Francis & Aymon, took the opportunity to have a little private celebration in the Chase.
We went to our local Off-licence, bought some booze, and off we went for an all-nighter in the woods, as is the norm for teens.
We got to our usual spot around 10 pm and started drinking. About an hour had passed, we were getting tipsy and having a good time, playing my new tunes from James’s Bluetooth speaker, when all of a sudden Peggy screamed… I was shocked and asked: “What the bloody hell is wrong with you?!”
She said: “I swear I have just seen a bear by that log!”