The Joe Brown Shops (Est 1966) and The Climbers Shop (Est 1959)

With over 100 years of retail heritage our shops are incredibly proud to offer a huge choice of clothing and equipment for climbers, mountaineers, hillwalkers and trail runners. Our story was begun by pioneers back in the days when hemp ropes were all the rage. Today, our team are equally passionate about sharing their experience of the products we stock so you don’t have to experience the hard lessons they have already learned. To read about our journey and where we are heading click below….

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Shop Feature - Stony Stratford, Milton Keynes

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   on 20/08/2018 15:41:12

After 57 years in business the Climbers Shop decided to expand, with the opening of a second branch. It’s a long way from our roots up in the Lake District, but our second store will be coming to Stony Stratford near Milton Keynes. Opened in March 2016, we are pleased to now be bringing a proper technical outdoor shop back to the Home Counties.




Known for its’ independent specialist shops and pubs, Stony Stratford offers a unique village feel while still having the super-fast transport links of Milton Keynes. Covering approximately 270m2, you can be transported to our Aladdin’s cave of outdoor treats in just a few minutes from the A5 or M1 and choose from the same massive range of technical climbing, mountaineering, trail running and hill walking kit as we have in our Ambleside store, along with some exciting new ranges ideal for walking the local downs and ridgeways.

The Climbers Shop was the very first outdoor equipment shop to open in Ambleside way back in 1959 when the founder Frank Davis sold gear to fund his climbing and skiing expeditions. Now, as well as bringing an iconic store to Milton Keynes, the current owners of the Climbers Shop are returning to their own roots. They both grew up the Milton Keynes area and has been key to their own involvement in rock climbing and mountaineering.

Director Paul Casey grew up in Milton Keynes and got involved in rock climbing through school trips to the Peak District, the Lake District, Scotland, the French Alps and the Himalayas. Fellow Director Cathy Casey (Gibbins at the time) grew up in Bletchley and became involved in climbing through joining the Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme while at School and the Air Training Corps. Cathy then went on to Instruct at Outdoor Centres across the UK before returning to Milton Keynes to work at the Outdoor Shop on Stony Stratford High Street. Paul, meanwhile had worked in different industries before taking up a post as Manager of the iconic Stony Stratford shop which was where they met in 1992.

We plan to make the new Climbers Shop into a real destination store for outdoor enthusiasts throughout the South East with an expert staff team on hand to share their experience and knowledge and help customers decide on the right gear to suit their individual needs. Whatever way you choose to enjoy the outdoors and at whatever level, you will find a warm knowledgeable welcome at any of our stores backed up with a huge choice of equipment and exceptionally high level of customer service before, during and after your purchase.



Fancy knowing a little more about our excellent team of staff at Stony Statford? Then read on…


Name: Daniel Abbatt

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Position: Manager

Main Interests: Climbing- Bouldering, Sport, Trad, Winter

What are your top 3 favourite products in store right now?: La Sportiva TX4 Approach Shoes, Mountain Equipment Tupilak 45L Backpack, Injinji Socks

What do you like about working for The Climbers Shop?: Working with people that share the same passion for the outdoors and wanting to share that with customers. Offering something different to high street shoppers and outdoor enthusiasts in the South

What would be your dream trip (you may have already done it!)?:  Bouldering, sport climbing and big multipitch in Squamish BC



Name: Alex Clark


Position: Assistant Manager

Main Interests: Ultra-light backpacking, back country travel, road cycling, mountaineering

What are your top 3 favourite products in store right now?: Soto Windmaster stove, Hilleberg Akto, La Sportiva Ultra Raptor

What do you like about working for The Climbers Shop?: Knowledgeable team, good atmosphere, interesting customers

What would be your dream trip (you may have already done it!)?: Getting back to Sarek National Park in Sweden for a 2 week traverse



Name: Barry Littleton

Position: Sales Assistant

Main Interests: Trail running, duathlon, road cycling, mountain walking

What are your top 3 favourite products in store right now?: Inov8 trail shoes, Ultimate Direction Mountain Vest, Scarpa Rebel Lite GTX Boots

What do you like about working for The Climbers Shop?: Interesting customers, great staff

What would be your dream trip (you may have already done it!)?: New Zealand



Name: Andrew Harbey

Andrew Staff Profile Picture

Position: Sales & Web Admin Assistant

Main Interests: Climbing, Hiking, Snowboarding

What are your top 3 favourite products in store right now?: MSR Access 2 Tent, Mountain Equipment Mission Jacket, GP Travo Safe Powerbank

What would be your dream trip (you may have already done it!)?: Australia and New Zealand



Name: Richard Searles

Position: Sales Assistant

Main Interests: Wild camping, long distance walks, mountain biking

What are your top 3 favourite products in store right now?: Hilleberg Akto, Thermarest NeoAir X-therm, Black Diamond Trail Pro Trekking Poles

What do you like about working for The Climbers Shop?: Getting to know the customers and helping them get the right equipment to make their trips memorable for the right reasons!

What would be your dream trip (you may have already done it!)?: Trans Canada Trail



Feedback from customers that is just too good not to share:

“Brilliant shop... really knowledgeable staff, great range of goods and so, so patient with customers who can't make up their minds what they really want!!! Always loved everything I have (eventually) walked out with!”

“Best and most relevant expert advice I've ever received in any outdoor/climbing store anywhere in the UK. Keep up the great work people.”

“Bloody brilliant shop and awesome, helpful, well informed staff!!”

“So pleased that you guys brought an outdoor shop back to Stony high street - great staff, always a friendly welcome.”

“MK Fantastic store! Really helpful, knowledgeable staff too, they even sell 'proper' Nordic Walking poles :-) highly recommend for all your outdoor kit.”

“It's an amazing store and the staff are brilliant”

“Love a real independent store with informed staff.”

“Always use this shop. Really knowledgeable and friendly staff. So lucky to have the shop in the area.”

“Fab shop, so helpful and knowledgeable.”

“A proper technical outdoor shop, as a posed to the numerous fashion chain stores. How outdoor shops used to be.”

“Climbers Shop is a joy to visit, informed and knowledgeable.”

“Brilliant store with super helpful staff. A pleasure to visit!”

“Great shop, grand staff too!”

“You guys are the best!”

“Great to see you locally”

Upcoming event at Stony Stratford:

Expedition Weekend, 10th-11th November 2018. Final details coming very soon!
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Sunday: 11am - 5pm

Stony Stratford Shop

27-31 High Street

Stony Stratford

Milton Keynes

MK11 1AA

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