Located most favourably within the spectacular landscape of the Yorkshire Dales National Park, engaging fully with our natural surroundings has long been an integral part of the Sedbergh experience. From their very first day, when a trip to the summit of Winder marks their arrival in Year 9, young Sedberghians take part in the broadest variety of Adventure Activities throughout their time at School.
A Taste for Adventure
- The Y9 Adventure Programme takes place on Thursday afternoons and is structured around the John Muir Award, offering the hard skills acquisition and adrenalin of rock-climbing, caving, sailing, canoeing, ghyll-scrambling and mountain biking alongside the opportunity to learn about and work towards the protection of the Howgill Fells and our local community. During this time Year 9 also take part in overnight treks and camps, bush craft sessions where they learn to light fires, plant trees and build shelters, and workshops teaching valuable life skills such as navigation and wildlife identification.
- In Year 10, our intrepid Sedberghians can continue their adventures through a series of weekly taster sessions during the summer term. Our location allows us to challenge Sedberghians down caves, through ghylls and up crags all within a short drive of the School campus.
Duke of Edinburgh’s Award Scheme
- We offer the Silver Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme in Years 10 and 11, and in Year 12 they progress to Gold.
- D of E expeditions run by the School regularly include journeys under sail, in open canoes, on horseback and on foot through the spectacular mountains of the Lake District National Park.
- Adventure Activities are available to all throughout their time at Sedbergh. Activity Clubs (Mountain-biking, Sailing, Climbing, Hill-walking, Fell-running and Canoeing) run regularly on Wednesday and Saturday afternoons, allowing pupils to build on their skills and become proficient in their chosen discipline, even gaining qualifications, and visiting spectacular venues along the way.
- Approximately every two years, Sedbergh School offers a seriously challenging overseas expedition for those who wish to experience radically different cultures and landscapes and to test their endurance, resilience and teamwork under extreme conditions. Recent destinations include the Himalayan mountains of Ladakh, the jungles and oceans of Madagascar and the volcanoes and salt plains of Bolivia.