Tuesday, 11 September 2012

New blog

Hello blog fans. We have updated most of the Exmoor Centre website and changed software so we now have a blog on the main site at exmoorcentre.co.uk so I won't be updating this blog from now on.

You can follow us on Twitter and get updates whenever we add a blog post - @exmoorcentre

Tuesday, 24 July 2012

Exmoor Dark Skies

We have waffled on about how amazing the stargazing can be at The Exmoor Centre before. Last night was a prime opportunity for us to go out and experience it ourselves.

Thursday, 19 July 2012

Experience Exmoor

This morning Neil from Experience Exmoor and I have been skiving.

A bit of sunshine was all the excuse we needed for a trip out to The Exmoor Centre. We are putting some ideas together to hold some wild evenings out in the coming months, details are sketchy as yet but you can bet on the chance of some magnificent stargazing, the chance for some moonlit wild swimming and some wholesome campfire food.

Experience Exmoor are a new company that 'do exactly what it says on the tin', they are bringing some great new opportunities to Experience all that Exmoor has to bring. Have a look at their website here: http://www.experienceexmoor.co.uk/

We've had a thoroughly enjoyable couple of hours wandering the grounds of the The Exmoor Centre and beyond. Here are a few pictures from today.

6 red deer stags just outside the centres grounds

View from the hillock, could be Africa on a day like this

Heather is just coming into bloom, Exmoor will be a sea of purple in a  couple of weeks

The Experience Exmoor Land Rover Defender at The Exmoor Centre

Thursday, 12 July 2012

Mountain Bike Routes

We have just been added to the excellent 1SW Adventure Cycle Map, an excellent resource for Mountain-bikers wanting to explore the South-West.

Have a look here - http://map.1sw.org.uk/#!/business/1036 

Sometimes you just have to go for it...Thomas didn't and paid the price!

Visiting hoaroakcottage.org, one of our favourite rides from The Exmoor Centre.

The Exmoor Centre management Team and some of the Trustees are keen cyclists with years of experience cycling Exmoor and half the world in the case of one of our Trustees! If you need advice on where to go just ask!

Tuesday, 10 July 2012

Summers coming

The summer holidays are nearly upon us so why not book some time out at The Exmoor Centre for your family and friends. The bunkhouse is owned by a charitable Trust and we do everything we can to keep costs affordable to fulfil our remit to provide a cheap means for young people to explore the wilds of Exmoor as we have been since 1968.

The bunkhouse sleeps 14 people in two bunkrooms but there is ample space outside for tents. We have a built in BBQ and Campfire area for outdoor cooking and a gas stove and woodburning oven inside.

We are located a kilometre from the nearest road and houses and the centres grounds open directly onto one of the most remote valleys on Exmoor. 

With August set to be an amazing month for stargazers the lucky souls staying with us will have one of the best views in the world due to Exmoors official Dark Skies Status and the fact that the bunkhouse is one of very few buildings located within the darkest area of the designated Dark Skies Area.

To book or enquire please email us at Stay at ExmoorCentre.co.uk

Monday, 25 June 2012

Mid-summer at Exmoor Centre

A report from Liz Nicholson 

A few of us have just had a wonderful Midsummer retreat at the centre.

We had beautiful walks and a new discovery was Farley Water, a very enchanting river and valley that runs parallel to Hoar Oak Water.We went in search of otters that have been seen there , we were not so lucky. It was a bonus that the hawthorn now over at home was in still in bloom in the valley.We loved the new hide, Annee, one of us braved the midges to sleep in the hide one starry night. There is a sacredness about the valley and the peace it brings. 

To celebrate the solstice we put up flags and prayed that the centre will always be loved and cared for; we gave thanks for the abundance of  green, the trees, the plants, the wonderful water, the beautiful clear air carried on the wind, the fire of the sun. There is nowhere as lovely as St Mary Lyncombe 

Liz Nicholson is Secretary and Trustee of The St Mary Lyncombe Exmoor Trust.

Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Quick, hide!

Amongst the fun and games at the weekend the team staying at the bunkhouse built us the start of a hide. The plan is to improve this or move it as we gain experience of its position.

Its a short steep hike up to the top side of the site but the views over the trees make watching the deer possible in the valley opposite. The tree-top birds are closeby giving a good view of them and a clear view of the sky to watch buzzard, kestrel and sparrowhawk amongst others.

Looking down on the BBQ area from the hide path
The hide path
Tree-top and valley views relaxing in the hide
The hide, basic but it keeps the rain off and hides you a bit.

Monday, 11 June 2012

Weekend of fun and frolics

This weekend the centre was booked by a friend of ours to celebrate his birthday and spend some time doing fun stuff with our kids.

These are a few pictures of the sort of fun that can be had with some imagination and the resources to hand at the Exmoor Centre

Saturday, 26 May 2012

from the archives

I was rummaging through some old family photos a few days ago and came across this one. It must be of an Ilfracombe College trip to the centre and an educated guess is sometime in the early to mid 90s. Does anyone recognise anyone in the picture?