5 Unusual British cryptids for you to sink your teeth into
Updated: Dec 1, 2020
When it comes to the cryptids of the British Isles, there’s more than just the Loch Ness monster. Whether fact or fiction, there are a wide variety of monsters apparently stalking the green pastures and shopping-cart riddled waters of the United Kingdom.
Fear Liath Moor
When we think of the British bigfoot, we may think of the big hairy fella donning a bowler hat, and sipping from a dainty teacup, but there are reports of bipedal apes stalking the British isles. One of the most famous of these is the Fear Liath Moor, or Big Grey Man. Said to stalk Ben Macdui, the UK’s second highest mountain, the beast is similar in height to its North American cousin.
The Fiskerton Phantom
I’ve written about the Fiskerton Phantom before. It’s some sort of car, dog, bear thingy witnessed outside a pub in rural Lincolnshire. Seen as early as 2011, is there really something stalking the flat fenland?
Spring Heeled Jack
Probably one of the best known and notorious British cryptids. The Victorian age menace was based in London and Liverpool at around 1900. Witnesses describe him as a winged, muscular man with pointed facial features, and glowing eyes that protrude from his face. There have been several famous sightings of Spring-Heeled Jack, including that of Lucy Scales and Jane Alsop, whose accounts were published in many newspapers in the 1830’s.
Mothman hasn’t got anything on the British Owlman; owls are much cooler than moths, right? The Owlman lives down in Cornwall - maybe he’s a surfer or just hardcore into authentic Cornish pasties, who knows. The first sighting of the beast occurred in 1976, but it has been seen on occasion ever since. Owlman is said to look like the cross between an owl and a human being and is seen around a graveyard in the village of Mawnan. Owl like noises are regularly heard from the church, but i’m sure that has nothing to do with the owl boxes that were installed at the site!
Beast of Dean
The Gloucestershire countryside isn’t safe. Locals struggle to sleep at night, locking their doors tightly through fear that it might come to get them as they rest. The vicious Beast of Dean which is a...ummm…. pig. Yeah, people in Gloucestershire aren’t really petrified of the hairy big that is said to have stalked their lands for decades. There’s something rather interesting about this story, in fact, I think that this is possibly one of the most plausible British Cryptids. I say this because there is the odd small population of wild boar around the country. Rather than a relic population, those that do exist are escapees from boar farms, which, while not overly common, account for some of the rogue boars. The Beast of Dean is said to be similar to a boar, but much, much larger. Whilst the main sightings of the beast occurred in the 1800’s, it’s interesting to think how capable boars would be of establishing in the wild.
So there we have it, proof that there are more British Cryptids than just Nessie. If you’re thinking of taking a walk through the British wilderness, be careful, these mythical creatures could all be out to get you. If there are any cryptids you’d like me to have a look at, why not get in touch!
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