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.

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Could Spending Review Be a Disaster For Outdoor Users?

   Words by tcsh

   on 21/10/2010 13:34:42

Yesterdays Government Spending Review could see a reduction of the usability of the countryside for outdoor enthusiasts. The accessibility of the countries outdoor spaces that we have grown to appreciate could be a thing of the past.

The cutbacks that Chancellor George Osborne (left, courtesy of the Telegraph) has proposed has meant that DEFRA, the Government body that oversees some of the relevant countryside authorities, such as Natural England, will have to burden a 34% cut in it’s capital budgets. As Natural England (formerly English Nature) are responsible for the safeguarding of much of our natural environment, this could have large scale effects on the maintenance of access routes, infrastructure, and public access areas.

The problem may not be confined just to the public areas however, Natural England are in charge of providing land owners with Agri-Environment grants, many of which are designed to make rural land owners land, not just more environmentally diverse, but also more accessible to the public.

With such large scale budget cuts to DEFRA, will organisations like Natural England be able to sustain the level of countryside stewardship that we currently have.

When you combine this with the 5% budget cut that the National Parks Authorities have already had to stomach, and the continued lack of funding for the Mountain Rescue organisation, a walk in the Lake District could soon be a far harder task.

A representative from the Ramblers Association commented, “Cuts to Defra and local authority budgets will mean that well-loved walking routes and popular tourist destinations will quickly fall into disrepair and disuse – blocking future generations from discovering and enjoying the British countryside”.

With over £7 billion being spent on visits to the countryside last year, a decrease in accessibility could also have far reaching affects on the rural economy where trade can already be highly seasonal.


What do you think? Is this the biggest crisis to hit the countryside since Foot and Mouth? Do you relish the idea that less people will access the countryside and therefore it might be a bit more secluded? or is everyone just making a big fuss about nothing?

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