Visiting a friend in Northwood in 1973 I took my 3 year old, my 1 year old and my friends 3 month old baby for a walk in the woods, while she and her husband went to a wedding. About 15 minutes in we came to a clearing where I let the 3 year old play football with me as the babies both slept in the pram.
After about 10 minutes I heard a loud crack as someone stood on something in the woods. I looked in the direction of the sound and saw a man standing at the edge of the woods flashing at me.
I walked quickly to the 3 year old, lifted him onto the pram and walked back, but this meant walking right through the woods and I had no idea where he was by then. I was terrified he would jump out at me from behind a tree.
I had not seen a single other person the whole time I had been out.
It was not the fear of attack that got me so much as the fear for the children.
Fortunately nothing happened and I went into the first house and called the Police. I don't think I could have described him as all I felt was panic and the need to get away.
I never heard any more about it.
Have you had a bad experience too ?