Hunt the Windermere Lake Monster!

Bownessie is the name given to an anomolous "creature" spotted swimming in the waters of Windermere lake (and named after Bowness bay + nessie) by various deluded people looking for personal fame and fortune

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The Mintcake mine can't belive that such a creature exisits. Mainly because "our" giant KILLER PIKE would have had eaten it by now and also because we didn't think of it first.
Mind you, take care, you never know!

If Bownessie is real it is very likely that he likes Mintcake. What else would explain the size and speed of such a tremendous creature?

We will however keep up to date with developments.

11/11/11
We spotted this really badly made picture at... www.firstnews.co.uk/news/is-there-a-monster-in-lake-windermere-i2375


03/06/2011
We found this when we were bored...
www.ukseries.com/blog/2011/04/sonar-breakthrough-suggests-loch-ness-monster-and-windermere%E2%80%99s-bownessie-are-directly-related/

17/02/2011


Todays Westmorland Gazette carries this story and the picture above...

A KAYAKER believes he may have caught Windermere’s mystery monster ‘Bownessie’ on camera.

This atmospheric photograph, captured by IT graduate Tom Pickles, 24, reveals a strange humped shape gliding through the still waters of the lake.

Tom said he thought it was a dog at first but soon realised it was the size of three cars.

He and fellow kayaker Sarah Harrington, 23, were so frightened, they raced back to the safety of the shore.

This is believed to be the eighth sighting in the past five years of the mysterious hump-backed creature.

The pair, who work for an IT firm in Shrewsbury, were staying at Fallbarrow Hall, Bowness, as part of a team-building residential training course.

They had paddled 300m out onto the lake near Belle Isle when they spotted a mysterious creature the size of three cars gliding across the lake.

“It was petrifying, we paddled back to the shore straight away,” said Mr Pickles.

“At first I thought it was a dog and then saw it was much bigger and moving really quickly at about 10mph.

"Each hump was moving in a rippling motion and it was swimming fast.

“I could tell it was much bigger underneath from the huge shadow around it. "Its skin was like a seal’s but its shape was completely abnormal, not like any animal I’ve ever seen before.”

They watched it for about 20 seconds before it plunged out of sight.

Ms Harrington said: “It was like an enormous snake.

"It freaked us all out but it wasn’t until we saw the picture that we thought we’d seen something out of this world.

"All I could think was that I had to get off the lake.”

Mr Pickles’s picture perfectly matches the description of an earlier sighting from the shores of Wray Castle in 2006 by journalism lecturer Steve Burnip.

“I’m really pleased that someone has finally got a really good picture of it. I know what I saw and it shocked me,” said Mr Burnip, of Hebden Bridge.

“It had three humps and it’s uncanny the likeness between this and what I saw five years ago.”

Hotelier Thomas Noblett and TV psychic Dean Maynard have twice scoured the lake with sonar equipment.

“We’re convinced there’s something down there and we’re going to get straight back out on the water,” said Mr Maynard.

But sceptics remain unconvinced that something that size could exist in the 11-mile long lake.

Nigel Wilkinson, director of Windermere Lake Cruises, said his boat crew had over 100 years experience out on the water in all conditions and had not spotted anything unusual.

“We carry 1.3 million passengers, that is 2.6 million eyeballs, and none of them have ever brought Bownessie to our attention.”




28/01/2010 An article in this weeks Westmorland Gazette has revealed that the hunt for Bownessie will continue in 2010!
Details below...

By Gazette Newsdesk »

A SECOND investigation is being planned to find Windermere’s legendary monster after video evidence previously recorded “something big”.

A team of experts, led by Dean Maynard, claimed to have filmed their best ever video evidence of ‘Bownessie’ during their first attempt.

The evidence featured on Sky News, which has prompted the team to investigate the lake again.

The original footage and other highlights will feature on the ITV show ‘The Lakes’ on March 1, with the team’s efforts starting five days afterwards.

“We all firmly believe that something very big is in Windermere,” said Mr Maynard. “What is it? Well, we are hoping to find that out.”


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2:56pm Thursday 21st January 2010

A SECOND investigation is being planned to find Windermere’s legendary monster after video evidence previously recorded “something big”.

A team of experts, led by Dean Maynard, claimed to have filmed their best ever video evidence of ‘Bownessie’ during their first attempt.

The evidence featured on Sky News, which has prompted the team to investigate the lake again.

The original footage and other highlights will feature on the ITV show ‘The Lakes’ on March 1, with the team’s efforts starting five days afterwards.

“We all firmly believe that something very big is in Windermere,” said Mr Maynard. “What is it? Well, we are hoping to find that out.”




Is Bownessie out there?
11:17am Tuesday 22nd September 2009

AN UNUSAL water disturbance and a possible sighting have given further credence to the legend of Windermere’s mysterious monster.

Lakes TV’s joint director, John McKeown captured the strange ripples measuring around 20ft, while filming a documentary about “Bownessie.”

“I had gone up to the view point just before the Beech Hill Hotel to get some establishing shots of the lake,” he said. “As I was filming I saw this long white disturbance in the water so I zoomed in on it. It was quite striking but I figured it must have been caused by the cables of the Windermere Ferry.”

However, when he discovered the ferry was a mile and a half north of the area, his curiosity returned.

“When I got home I uploaded the footage on to my lap top and not only was the disturbance very clear but something actually breaks the surface,” said Mr McKeown, who describes himself as being naturally sceptical. “Essentially, it was a strange pattern in the water, it wasn’t a wave or anything like that. I shot the footage at 8.10am on a Saturday morning and there were no boats on the lake.”

There have been numerous reported sightings of a mysterious creature in the lake over the years, the most recent being in July when Lake District hotelier Thomas Noblett was hit by a three-foot wave while swimming.

In 2006, The Westmorland Gazette reported how Huddersfield University journalism lecturer Steve Burnip, of Hebden Bridge, saw a 20ft serpent-like creature emerge from the waters as he stood at Watbarrow Point across from Waterhead.

Keen to gather more evidence, last weekend, celebrity and sports psychic Dean Maynard and local photographer Linden Adams, who photographed and christened Bownessie in 2007, led a team of investigator out on to England’s longest lake.

Using state of the art equipment, a specially chartered yacht and a sonar boat, the team scoured the depths of Windermere hoping for a glimpse of Bownessie.

Freelance Journalist, Kim Inglis, was one of the passengers on board.

“I was looking at a flock of seagulls that were circulating above the lake about 100 metres,” she said. “All of a sudden something came out of the water and before I could say anything it disappeared.”

Her sighting was confirmed by a passenger on the sonar boat, who also witnessed a head emerge from the lake.

“I would describe it as a head but I wouldn’t go beyond that as you start imagining things,” said Ms Inglis. “I definitely saw something. I believe it was probably just a big fish but I still think the idea of Bownessie is fascinating and it has put the region on the map, which is a good thing.”

To watch Mr Mckeown’s footage, which has since been broadcast on Sky News, visit www.lakestv.net.


From The Northern Echo



Bow-nessie takes a bow
9:03am Friday 23rd February 2007



TO the untrained eye, it may look like not much more than a ripple in the water, but people living in a Lake District town are convinced it could be the North's own Nessie.

Photographer Linden Adams saw something beneath the surface of Windermere and immediately reached for his camera.

He claims to have captured the first photograph of Windie, or the Bowness Monster, a serpent-like creature long rumoured to have taken up residence in England's biggest lake.

"The water was unbelievably peaceful and then this huge thing appeared, diving and thrashing around," said 35-year-old Mr Adams, a father-of-two from Bowness-on-Windermere.

"It dwarfed everything. It was jaw-dropping."

Mr Adams and his wife, Louise, were taking photos from a hillside nearby when a splash in the water caught their eye.

"I snatched the binoculars from my wife and gasped when I got a better look," said Mr Adams.

"I could see this huge dark thing moving in the water.

"I didn't know what it was but it had a head like a labrador dog, only much, much bigger. I know the lake well and this was no freak wave.

"I was a sceptic before but this has really opened my mind to what might be in the lake."

Last September, experts in the supernatural from The Centre for Fortean Zoology visited the lake after a tourist claimed to have spotted a 20ft creature swimming in the water.

Dr Charles Paxton, a marine biologist at the University of St Andrews and an expert in the discovery of new sea creatures, has studied the pictures.

He said: "What the photograph shows is very intriguing and I wouldn't rule out any possibilities. New species of water creatures are still being discovered. I will be going to Lake Windermere very soon and will be spending some time trying to find any new creatures.

"But until someone brings this creature onto dry land in a net, we won't have proof."




From the Westmorland Gazette
Psychic and photographer in hunt for ‘Bownessie’ beneath Windermere
8:10am Saturday 5th September 2009
By Mike Addison »



A TEAM of investigators will scour Windermere in a hunt for a legendary monster that is claimed to lurk in its deep waters.

The search follows years of reported sightings of a big creature in the lake, the most recent being in July when Lake District hotelier Thomas Noblett was hit by a three-foot wave as he was swimming.

A chartered boat will take to England’s longest lake on September 19 with celebrity and sports psychic Dean Maynard at the helm. He will be joined by Windermere photographer Linden Adams who claims to have seen ‘Bownessie’ – the nickname for the monster – from a viewpoint on Gummers How in 2007.

There will also be people with cameras dotted around the shoreline to capture any unusual activity.

“Linden Adams and I are really geared up and ready for the challenge ahead and we hope to find some concrete evidence something big does exist in the lake," said Mr Maynard.

In 2006 The Westmorland Gazette reported how Huddersfield University journalism lecturer Steve Burnip, of Hebden Bridge, saw a serpent-like creature emerge from the waters as he stood at Watbarrow Point across from Waterhead.

He described it as being 15 to 20 feet long with a little head and two small humps following in its wake. He said it looked like a giant eel.

“I am absolutely convinced that there is a big creature in the lake,” said Mr Burnip. “I am really pleased that there is a renewed interest in it because I know what I saw.

“I can see it in my head now, this grey lump and the humps breaking the water like you see in the classic Loch Ness pictures. There is something in there, something quite big and elusive.”

Mr Adams, whose picture of the creature was studied by photographic experts after appearing on the front page of the Gazette, said: “I looked at it through binoculars and the naked eye and what I saw was huge.

"A lot of photographic experts have had the opportunity to look at the pictures and they are still baffled.”

Ecology experts have told the Gazette that catfish are sometimes introduced to lakes by anglers. They believe that what could be being seen is the Welsh catfish that originates from mainland Europe.

They are at it again...
From the newslite website 13-09-2010

A team of monster hunters have started using sonar equipment to search Windermere for the English Nessie.

There are said have been seven sighting of a 'monster' in the lake over the past four years and experts say they are now hopeful of finding the beast.

Last year a film crew recorded a 20 metre long object below the surface of the lake and while some insist it was just a wave, others insist it was the mythical creature.

Over the weekend a team including a local hotelier and a psychic took to the water on a ship equipped with latest sonar equipment capable of scanning to a depth of 220ft.

While the tourist attracting stunt scientific search was unsucessul, they did come up with a good nick-name for the creature, Bow-nessie... after Bowness-On-Windermere. Organisers claim their saw a 'strange' 14 metre-long object in the water, but is was not picked up by their sonar.

And....
North West Evening MailNewsSearch continues as lake ‘monster’ remains elusive
Last updated at 13:35, Monday, 13 September 2010


THE HUNT for a mysterious creature spotted in Windermere is to continue.


HUNT: Sky News cameras on board the sonar-equipped boat during the search for Bownessie on SaturdayKARL STEELA team of investigators set out to find ‘Bownessie’ on Saturday using state-of-the-art sonar equipment, but the suspected lake monster still remains elusive.

Following recent sightings of an eel-like animal that is said to be anywhere from 12ft to 90ft long, living in Windermere, celebrity psychic Dean ‘Midas’ Maynard headed a search to uncover its whereabouts.

Local experts Thomas Noblett and Andrew Tighe, who had a close encounter with the creature last year, also joined the exploration, which was screened live on national television.

Mr Maynard said: “The main reason for the investigation was to verify and confirm that there really is this large creature living in Windermere.

“We wanted to assure those people that have had sightings they are not going crazy.

“I have no doubt that there is something abnormally large living in the lake, because those who have seen it are genuine, respectable people with no reason to make something like that up.”

A nine-hour operation, using two boats – a sonar-equipped speed boat and an 1892 steam-powered Admiral’s barge – failed to confirm the existence of Bownessie, though that hasn’t changed the team’s opinion that it is definitely lurking in the depths of the lake.

Within the first 30 minutes of the search, which was beamed live on Sky News, footage was recorded that appeared to show a large unidentified object bobbing below the surface and the film is currently being analysed by experts.

Mr Maynard said: “Right at the start of the day I noticed something that was around 15 to 25-feet long creating a large ripple on the lake, but I can’t be certain what it was. We’re still looking at the film to see if we can identify it as Bownessie.

“As an investigator of the paranormal, I’m fascinated by this stuff.

“Realistically, we need two or three boats at different points on the lake if we’re going to find it, but we’ll keep going until it is identified.”

First published at 13:05, Monday, 13 September 2010
Published by www.nwemail.co.uk