Ullswater’s rough magic woven amongst Block 3s

Ullswater‘s rough magic is already being woven amongst our Block 3s. Arriving at  bedtime on Sunday, I encounter tired but  fulfilled youngsters who have all already been in the water – not even a late arrival on Saturday could deter them from the traditional run and dip, in this case very much a gloaming one. For the Block 3s, finding yourself in the dorm or in the group of someone you haven’t encountered before is all part of it. By the time they return to Steep on Friday the pack will have been well shuffled. Proper weather too – rain always in the offing, especially when camping is in prospect, as it is today when enthusiastic almost-not-a-puppy Zazu and I join two groups on the mountain for a blowy night’s camping.

By Keith Budge, Headmaster, Bedales Schools


Bedales School is one of the UK’s top independent private co-education boarding schools. Bedales comprises three schools situated in Steep, near Petersfield, Hampshire: Dunannie (ages 3–8), Dunhurst (ages 8–13) and Bedales itself (ages 13–18). Established in 1893 Bedales School puts emphasis on the Arts, Sciences, voluntary service, pastoral care, and listening to students’ views. Bedales is acclaimed for its drama, theatre, art and music. The Headmaster is Keith Budge.