Back to the start

As part of The Voices of Hoaroak project yesterday we took our Chairman John Gale back to the spot where the story of The Exmoor Centre began.

Over 45 years ago John met Dora Cartwright-Williams at the site of her farmhouse at Lyncombe near the present Exmoor Centre site. The Farmhouse itself had been lost in the flood of August 15th 1952. It was here the idea was hatched for a remote basecamp for young people to explore the wilds of Exmoor. It was to be created in the memory of happy times Dora Cartwright-Williams and her late husband spent in this beautiful tranquil spot.

Further information will be available through the Voices of Hoaroak Project in due course. See for more information on the project.

Voices of Hoaroak Valley

Many voices over many years have echoed through the Hoar Oak Valley on Exmoor.

 Here is a chance to add yours!

Thanks to a Heritage Lottery All Our Stories Grant two local charities based in the Hoar Oak Valley on Exmoor  will be collecting, sharing and celebrating peoples’ memories and stories of the Hoar Oak Valley.   The Friends of Hoar Oak and the St Mary Lyncombe Trust which runs the Exmoor Centre are asking for your help.

  • You may have memories and stories about, or be descended from, one of the many shepherd families who have lived and worked at the remote and secluded Hoar Oak Cottage since the 1800s.
  • You might be one of the many people, young and not so young, who have enjoyed staying at or helping to build and run the Exmoor Centre since the 1960s.
  • You may be one of the many people who simply love the area and have memories and stories about your times spent walking in the Hoar Oak Valley.


To find out more and how to get involved please contact us:

Post:                Voices of Hoar Oak Valley Project, 9 Rock Avenue,  Lynton,  North Devon,  EX356DL

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