The Darley Oak

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Darley Oak, Linkinhorne

Darley Oak, Linkinhorne


The Darley Oak is a pedunculate oak tree (Quercus robur) which grows near Darley Ford, Linkinhorne on the edge of Bodmin Moor in Cornwall.

This ancient tree is thought to be at least 1,000 years old and is the oldest tree in Cornwall. It is mentioned in documents of the Dingle family in 1030 who owned the land here for around 800 years.

When it was last measured it had a girth of 38 feet (11.6 metres).

For centuries this amazing old, knarled, hollow oak has been the subject of local folklore and curious superstitions.

Local folklore attributes healing properties to the tree. It is believed that any wish made to the tree will eventually come true.

Its acorns are used as amulets, and were once used by pregnant women during pregnancy, to bring them luck.

The hollow in the tree was formerly large enough for people to use it as tea-house.

in In 2002, the Darley Oak was chosen by the Tree Council as one of the 50 Great British Trees.

The tree stands in a private garden.

Visited in November 2018


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