The Oak at the Gate of the Dead and the Duelling Oak

Ash at treeblog used his recent trip to the sad remains of the UK’s second biggest girthed sessile oak to visit two other large and ancient oaks in the same area:

Once I’d seen all there was to see of the uprooted Pontfadog Oak, I got back in the car and headed for home. But only a couple of miles down the road I pulled over to visit two more giant oaks: the Oak at the Gate of the Dead and the Duelling Oak. Both of these veterans grow within a stone’s throw of one another (and right close to the Wales-England border), beside the road linking Pontfadog with Chirk.

The Oak at the Gate of the Dead (Derwen Adwy’r Meirwon in Welsh) is famous, at least locally, for growing at the Pass of the Graves (Adwy’r Beddau). This is thought to be the place where in 1165, during the Battle of Crogen, the forces of Henry II of England were ambushed by the Welsh under Owain Gwynedd.

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Posted on May 12, 2013, in Big Trees, Fungi and lichens, Old-Growth. Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Hi Treeblogging…If you would like to see more of the tree I named 7 years or more ago then watch this BBC Countryfile video when I took them to see this great tree and the Pontfadog Oak and then onto hanging off cliffs finding ancient yew trees at Llangollen…pls enjoy …. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BP-0UAhCQZs

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