The man claimed to see the hairy creature while taking a train from Exeter to Bristol. In November 2017, several decades after Bigfoot first stepped into the public consciousness, a man said he saw the mysterious creature on his train journey through Somerset. The witness said he was on a train to Bristol Temple Meads, which was approaching the city, when he saw a massive creature taking huge strides along a hedgerow. Devon Live reported the sighting was made to the British Bigfoot Sightings group – a team of researchers who collect and investigate sightings of upright hairy ape-like creatures in Britain.
About ten miles from Bristol we were travelling through an area and in the fields to my right I saw something large in the middle of the field walking, it was walking kind of hunched over, and all I could tell you was it was a black figure. “At a guess I would’ve said it was 70 to 100 metres away from the train. “My eyes were glued on it at this point. “I was watching the way the ‘thing’ was walking, almost towards the side of the field, it was edged right up to the hedgerow as if to walk alongside the hedge itself, almost like it was using the hedge for cover?” A quick glance by the man around the carriage revealed that nobody else had spotted the creature. “I would imagine five to ten seconds was all I saw it for,” he said. “I’m 100 per cent sure what I saw was the English Bigfoot – and what makes me so confident is the way it walked, with slightly bent legs, long strides but a graceful fluid walking motion,” he added.
Could Bigfoot be in Britain?
While reports of a hairy creature that walks on two legs are commonplace in North America, even seasoned Bigfoot experts have questioned whether the animal could exist in the British Isles. Nevertheless, hunters continue to scour the British countryside in bids to find Bigfoot – the British Bigfoot Sightings group has around 2,000 online members. The last alleged local sighting of BigFoot was in Leigh Woods Nature Reserve on August 17, 2015. Harry, 58, from Bristol, says he witnessed an ape-like creature as it ate a piece of food with what he believes may have been improvised eating utensils.
A number of sightings have been reported across Britain, from the dense woods of Suffolk and Staffordshire to the remote hills of Scotland. One leading British Bigfoot researcher Deborah Hatswell said it is possible a Bigfoot-like creature could still exist in Britain. “In 2012, the Government produced the National Eco-System Assessment, and it showed that only between six and eight per cent of the land in Britain is actually built on – the rest is either forest, farmland or wild mountains or downs,” she said. “People who are open-minded about whether such a creature could exist in the vast forests of North America, might think Britain is too built-up, but it’s actually not. “When you look at the reports of sightings in this country, they tend to follow rivers and forests,” she added. “There have always been folklore stories about wildmen living in the woods in this country – they date back centuries and have those stories have continued. “People are still reporting seeing these creatures that look like monkeys in the woods, running across the road at night, and in this case, walking along a hedgerow in a rural area near Bristol.”