I was contacted on 13/1/16 by Mark Farnell who wished to report his account of something that happend to him and his friend when they were young boys living in the Tarleton Area of Lancashire. As most of us did back then he was out with his mates, a day in the local woods would bring us a lot of joy and excitement, on this occasion they got a little more excitement than they initially planned for. Whilst playing amongst the trees they noticed a strange “hunched hairy creature” watching them.
Witness Account: Mark Farnell: Back in July of 1996, when I was 13 years of age, my friend and I witnessed something in the local woods of the small village I lived in that to this very day I can not explain. I have tried to work out what I saw and like many people in the UK who have seen a similar thing I can only describe it as an “Ape like human looking creature covered in hair”.
We were young kids back then and just messing about and entertaining ourselves as kids do, we would go down to the woods there quite often and that day was no different. On this occasion it seemed as if things were going to be very strange, we had just completed building an assault course through the woods, off track with rope swings and obstacles etc. We gave the course a try out from start to finish and it was as we were running the course and making a racket that we both noticed something vague and hard to describe that came walking through the brush ahead of us, not more than 15 feet away. We didn’t Know what “it” was and we had never seen anything like it before. I couldn’t make “it” out to well as it was approaching and there were brush and trees in between him and us it was only when it got close enough that we could see all of this creature.
We watched frozen as “it” came walking into a part clearing. This “thing” was broad but it wasn’t much taller than us at the time, perhaps only 5/5 foot but its body was huge, “It” was hairy and thick with muscle. I remember “It” having a humped back almost, it was sort of stooped somehow, it was walking with purpose and then “It” just stopped? At the time my friend and I looked at each other knowing what we were seeing was wordless. Even now Im struggling to describe what “it” looked like and what it felt like to me standing there looking at “It” and wondering what “It” was going to do next. We started to back off really slow until we felt like it was “OK” to pick up the pace. As we looked back we noticed it was trying to focus on us through the trees, keeping a watch on us and where we were heading? And at that moment “It” let out a blood curdling grunt/scream. It was a terrifying noise. Up until that point I kept telling myself it was just an adult or some strange looking person, but that scream changed that. Knowing it wasn’t a person we ran away even quicker than ever. Through fear I have never been back to the local woods. It all happened in, Tarleton Village, Lancashire UK
The creature had long dark grey and light brown matted hair. “It” was hairy and thick with muscle. And I will never forget that day.
Tarleton is very close to the River Douglas and also the Ribble Estuary so it offers many habitats and small areas of microclimate, from the estuary with all its bounty and the farmers fields where a large amount of food crops are planted all year round, to the River with its many food sources, the village itself is quite small and I wouldn’t think too many of us walk the lanes and fields at night. Although it seems the daytime is no guarantee of avoiding the strange and wonderful beings we have here in the UK.
I would like to thank Mark Farnell for allowing me to share this with you.
Until Next Time, Deborah