The Llangernyw Yew

About 10 minutes down the road from Bryn Ffynnon is the village of Llangernyw home of one of the oldest yew trees in Wales.

It's in the churchyard of St. Dygain's Church and although not really visible from the road you really can't miss it once you stop and go in.


According to the plaque at the church it is the oldest living thing in Wales although I believe that the title may have now been taken from it by a yew tree in St Cynog’s churchyard, at Defynnog? Whatever the truth it is certainly an incredible sight

The tree itself is huge - it's split through the middle so is in two parts and at one time the church kept its oil tank in the middle; this was moved once the importance of the tree was recognised.



Llangernyw itslef  means "The Church of the Cornishman". The church is named for Saint Digain, a 5th Century saint and prince of Dumnonia (which is now Cornwall/Devon and part of sout Somerset). He was apparently of remarkable virtue and a confessor of his faith through writings and preaching and thus earned his sainthood.


Right next to the churchyard is the The Old Stag – still a traditional village pub with plenty of local atmosphere. The food is good too and as it’s popular it’s wise to book a table in advance. Highly recommended.






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