Below are some recent reported sightings of a Bigfoot type creature seen here in Northumberland. Bolam Lake is only 15 miles from where I live.
Eight-Foot Yeti Sighting?
Friday, January 24 2003
Pike fishermen in Northumberland claim to have spotted a huge ape-like monster after a day on Bolam Lake. Yeti experts say they too have seen the
beast, although no-one is quite sure what it is.
An eight-foot howling yeti, with shining eyes and huge white teeth, has been seen prowling the woodland around Bolam Lake in Northumberland.
Experts rushed to the area, intent on proving the sightings to be an elaborate hoax, but were shocked to come face to face with the 'Bigfoot'
Jon Downes, Director of the Centre for Fortean Zoology, who travels the world to track mystical beasts, spoke to pike fishermen who had been left
terrified from the sighting. He set up camp in the area for five days and was on the verge of going home, when one of his helpers heard rustling in
He told the Morpeth Herald: 'I shouted for our driver to put the headlights on and I saw something standing, much taller than me and moving along
Anna Kuhni, a clairvoyant for the Twilight World's Paranormal Society, also claims to have seen something strange, using a native American tracking
technique. She described her vision as a 'huge, black manifestation', although she is not convinced it is a living creature.
'It could well be something more spiritual and I do know that there is an Iron Age fort at Bolam and that could be connected to those sightings,'
However, tales of yetis and wild beasts have done nothing but boost the visitor numbers at Bolam Lake. Amateur yeti-hunters have doubled the seasonal
figures as locals hope to spy the ape-like monster.
It is not the first time the region has attracted weird beasties. Local folklore tells of the Deugar, a fearsome, cave-dwelling freak, which stalked
the nearby valley of Coquetdale. The yeti-like creature allegedly lured walkers to their doom before roasting their corpses over a peat fire.
I've seen the Beast of Bolam, says hunt man
Jan 23 2003
Strange sightings of a giant man-ape have been backed up by monster hunters in Northumberland.
Professional yeti-hunters armed with thousands of pounds' worth of gadgets have homed in on Bolam Lake near Belsay after a string of encounters late
The four-man investigation team from the Exeter-based Centre for Fortean Zoology have returned to base after their week-long mission to investigate
reports of a yeti-like creature roaming through the woods.
Team leader Jonathan Downes said: "The expedition was a success beyond our wildest dreams. The most exciting thing was that five people I interviewed
had seen the beast at the same time - I was one of those people."
Mr Downes said: "What I saw was a dark, man-shaped object approximately seven-and-a-half feet tall.
"It had a barrel chest and thick muscular arms and legs. I had a very clear sighting but I saw no glowing eyes and wasn't able to tell whether or
not it was covered in hair."
But the Bolam Lake Bigfoot is only the latest in a diary of sinister sightings of strange beasts that have baffled North East folk down the ages.
In 1972, neighbours in Hexham, Northumberland, were scared out of their wits by a chain of events triggered when two young brothers unearthed two
small carved stone Celtic heads while weeding.
They took the small heads, which resembled a man and a witch, indoors, and suddenly household objects began smashing, apparently by themselves.
Most terrifyingly of all, their next-door neighbours were woken each night by a 6ft half-man, half-wolf which appeared on their landing and ran off
down the stairs. Several times they found their front door wide open and the sound of panting and padding footsteps were heard.
A doctor in Celtic culture who believed the stones were 1,800 years' old took the heads to Southampton, where she woke feeling cold and frightened to
see the same creature. She followed it outside, but it disappeared towards the back of the house.
The Hexham heads passed into the hands of other collectors who reported no werewolf problems - but no one knows where they are now.
In 2000, locals living near Alnmouth in Northumberland began talking of a spate of mysterious UFO sightings. Rumours that new military hardware was
being tested by nearby RAF Boulmer were ruled out because it was a no-fly base.
As well as apes, wolfmen and UFOs, police have had reports of numerous sightings of big cats prowling the North East countryside. The so-called Durham
puma, possibly a wild animal turned loose to fend for itself, has been spotted in areas ranging from Derwentside to Northumberland, while a similar
Blanchland beast has also been reported. In September 2001 an attack in Northumberland on a flock of sheep - five of which were killed - sparked fears
that a puma was on the loose.
Durham Police's wildlife liaison officer, Sgt Eddie Bell, who has been investigating reports of the puma for more than a decade, believes up to a
dozen could be living in the North's countryside.
We ain't seen nothing Yeti
Monster mania is set to sweep a country park when a team of hunters begin their search for Northumberland's own yeti.
Experts in the unknown are arming themselves with infra- red night-sight and high-tec recording equipment in a bid to prove the Belsay Bigfoot
Last week two anglers claimed they had been confronted by a tall hairy creature with glowing eyes in woodland at Bolam Lake on a late-night fishing
Jonathan Downes, head of the Centre for Fortean Zoology in Exeter, has arrived with his team to get to the bottom of the mystery and says their
electro-magnetic frequency devices will read changes in temperature and frequency to alert them if a hulking hairy primate is close by.
But Mr Downes, who has spent 10 years hunting for strange unknown creatures, is not convinced that a yeti has been found in the North East.
He said: "Our job is to find out the truth, whatever that is. We're totally impartial. We don't have a preconceived idea of what we're looking
for. Nine times out of 10, sightings turn out to be something quite ordinary, but if we've solved that mystery for future generations I'll be
"I'm absolutely convinced the yeti exists - but not here. I think people would've found it by now. People who say they've seen the yeti here are
like people who claim Elvis is still alive and working in Sainsbury's."
Team-mate Richard Freeman said: "There's no doubt that there are flesh and blood creatures still undiscovered."
Mr Freeman, who says he was inspired by the 1970s Doctor Who series, is a crypto-zoologist, a specialist in animals that are only known about through
myth and folklore, or creatures presumed to be extinct.
He added: "I actually hate apes. They are filthy, vicious, dirty, horrible things. I prefer working with reptiles. "If the yeti were here it
would've been found centuries ago. But there's definitely something here - I think it's something paranormal."
The group does a lot of work with Twilight Worlds, an X-File-style association in South Shields whose volunteers investigate the paranormal.
Its next mission is a journey to West Africa in August to hunt for the Ninka Nanka dragon which is said to have killed several people.
John Fuller, Mr Freeman's assistant, said: "I don't know what to expect, but I've got an open mind. We haven't seen anything yet, but you never
know what's out there."
The fishermen claimed they fled to their car in terror after encountering a figure about 8ft tall, with muscular arms and eyes that glowed in the
dark. One of their friends also reported seeing a figure in March last year at night on a hill close to the remains of an Iron Age settlement by the
A few weeks later he said he had heard a loud thud and a growl. You can follow the trail of the yeti hunters at their website www.cfz.org and on the
British Hominid Research website www.lincolns.org.uk.