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

Adventurous Stowaway in Petzl Delivery

   Words by tcsh

   on 12/09/2011 16:49:12

Feeding MantisAn especially inquisitive stowaway has been discovered in a consignment of outdoor equipment imported from Petzl in France. The vicious looking (but fairly harmless) European Praying Mantis was discovered in a box of goods at Lyon Equipment, the UK distributors of Petzl outdoor gear, and has now found a new home at Lakeland Wildlife Oasis. The beautiful adult female mantis, who has been aptly named ‘Miss French’ after the praying mantis monster in the Buffy the Vampire Slayer series, has settled in very well to her new home – and was happily chomping away at a tasty cricket within moments of arriving at the centre.

Caroline Howard (Assistant Manager):

We’re really pleased to have Miss French – who must have been quite a surprise to the people opening the shipment! Many people don’t realise that there are species of praying mantis found in Europe, but Miss French is a European Mantis, Mantis religiosa, an attractive species which can grow up to 7cm long. She’ll be living off display while we make sure she’s fit and healthy and we may see if we can find her a mate from another zoo – although he’ll have to be careful as she’s got a very hearty appetite!’

The mantis arrived in a shipment from the south of France sent to Lyon Equipment Limited’s Tebay warehouse on Tuesday 6th September. On opening the shipment staff were amazed to find the adult female sitting in the pallet with the packages containing climbing equipment; they quickly contacted Lakeland Wildlife Oasis, who were happy to offer the stowaway a good home.


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