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Ancient oak, North Yorkshire Moors

This fabulous hollowed oak was discovered out on a walk in the Moors of Yorkshire. Just the way we like them to be found...

12 March 2008

The latest TOTM is one that was discovered by volunteer verifier Frank Firth when he was walking the North Yorkshire Moors in September 2006. As you will see from the photographs in the record the tree has now become completely hollow with three separate segments. The total girth being in excess of ten metres.

Link to ancient oak, Ingleby

Frank has become something of a walks expert in the Moors of Yorkshire and has kept an online walks diary since 2001, which now contains over 200 different routes. These include the one walked when he came across this unusual oak. An extract from which is recorded below:

"In the morning three of us met at the car park at the top of Clay Bank at the head of Bilsdale in the North York Moors, map ref. NZ 572036. We started walking just after 10.00am and followed the Cleveland Way up to Botton Head, the highest place on the North York Moors at 454m.

About 1km beyond this point we turned off the Cleveland Way on to a rough track across the moor to join the route of the old ironstone railway. We followed the bed of the railway for a few hundred metres to the top of Ingleby Incline. The incline was a death defying contraption. The railway track was laid down a very steep gradient about 1.5km long and drops about 300m.

At the bottom of the incline we turned left to walk along the stone forest road along the edge of the woods. About 400m along the road we came to a very old oak tree at the side of the road. I had come armed with a clipboard, pen, tape measure and gps gadget to record all the details. The tree turned out to have a girth of over 10m and I got very excited and thought the tree could be over 1000 years old. Later on when I thought about it again I had got my mental arithmetic all wrong and the tree is probably over 800 years old, but that's still quite impressive."

Ancient oak, Ingleby. Photo Frank Firth