In 1959 Frank Davies opened The Climber's Shop - the first outdoor shop in Ambleside! For over half a century The Climbers Shop remains in the centre of Ambleside and is a focal point for many climbers, walkers and holiday makers wanting to kit themselves out for the outdoor lifestyle.

Our ranges are constantly changing to meet the needs of the modern outdoor enthusiast and include clothing from Rab, Salomon, Patagonia and Mountain Equipment and Mammut and equipment from the likes of Black Diamond, Petzl, Osprey, Edelrid, and Wild Country. Our footwear comes from companies such as Salomon, Scarpa, Meindl and Zamberlan, while our tent range is possibly the largest range of Hilleberg tents in the country.
If we don't stock what you want, we can also order it in, normally in just a few days.

Our highly experienced staff have the in depth knowledge to help you with any enquiry. We have experts in every type of mountain activity and for all seasons on our staff, from mountaineering to rock climbing, fell running to backpacking and every variant in between. Our team are on hand to provide you with the right advice and the right gear to suit your individual needs and circumstances.

As an independent store we are able to offer a far wider range of clothing, equipment and accessories than you will find in any of the bigger chain stores.

Although our roots are in the Lake District we have the stock and the expertise to equip you for any type of adventure in any type of wild environment around the world. If you don’t find the advice or the item you need on this website, please don’t hesitate to call us up for a chat.

admin23/03/2010 15:48:58

Compston CornerAmbleside Cumbria LA22 9DS

A Wild and Windy Weekend?

   Words by tcsh

   on 09/07/2010 16:47:41

It’s a bit of strange time at the moment in the Lake District when it comes to weather. After what seems like months of dry, and recently, quite hot weather, we are now entering the first hosepipe ban in 14 years. Anyone who has driven along the shores of Thirlmere or Haweswater will testify to the arid state that they are in, with metres and metres of exposed shingle where there was once water.

Yet, we enter this ban under a cloud, not a metaphorical one, but a real one. A dirty great black one to be honest! Yes, this weekend is set to be a truly soggy one.

Although generally warm (18C), Saturday is looking showery throughout the day, with blustery winds on the fells giving occasional gales in places. This could make for some interesting walking and so, if you’re heading out, don’t forget your weather proof gear. In conditions like that (warm and wet) you can never discount thunder and lightning either so be alert. At ground level it shouldn’t be so wild, with winds settling to a more manageable 10-15mph.

There is some debate about Sunday. It is generally accepted that a fairly significant front of rain will pass through overnight making camping a noisy experience. However, it is not definite when it will have shifted by. Most authorities seem to be suggesting that it will have dissipated by early morning and so a day of activities could be on the cards. MWIS (every walkers weather oracle) is suggesting that it may take slightly longer and that the day will still contain quite a few showers.

 Of course, it will take more than a couple of slightly soggy days to replenish the reservoirs so it may also be a good opportunity to pop down to Thirlmere or Haweswater and see if you can catch sight of the sunken villages that lie beneath the waves and play testimony to the lakes artificial existence.

All in all, this weekend is looking like a perfect weekend …… for shopping! Feel free to pop into The Climbers Shop and have a browse. Maybe take a look at our extensive range of waterproofs!!

To keep abreast of the changing weather conditions, don’t forget to visit our dedicated weather page as well as our webcam, which will show you the latest conditions on Fairfield.



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