We've created this blog as a supplement to our main website http://www.exmoorcentre.co.uk to inform the good folk of planet Earth of the day to day goings on in our corner of Exmoor.
The Exmoor Centre is owned by The St Mary Lyncombe Exmoor Trust. Established under the will of Dora Cartwright-Williams, it was her wish to see a centre for young people in the Hoaroak Valley in memory of her husband and their life together on Exmoor. Their home in the valley was swept away in the floods that engulfed Lynmouth. The Centre was originally financed and built by the Parent Teacher Association of Ilfracombe Grammar School and opened in 1968. The Trusts Chairman John Gale, now in his 80s, is still actively involved on a day to day basis with the running of the centre.
The centre is available for any group to hire and our visitors range from local schools and colleges through to corporate team weekends. Many of our visitors are small family groups, often the families of ex-schooldays users of the centre.
It is not our aim to make money, but to make the centre use affordable for those it was originally intended to benefit. We keep our running costs to a minimum using solar power for lighting and a wood-burning stove for heating. The majority of the wood we use is sourced from the careful management of the woodland around the site.