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.
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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 wet and windy weekend in store.

   Words by tcsh

   on 24/10/2009 09:18:00

With the start of the October half term holidays the forecast for the Lake District this weekend isn't looking too fanatstic.  We are expecting some heavy rain and some high winds, particularly through Saturday and overnight into Sunday.  Sunday will remain wet and windy.

Saturday is already looking grey and damp, with showers likely to get heavier as the morning goes on.  On the plus side it is unseasonably mild with temperatures hovering in the teens.  The wind direction will swing to SSW as the day progresses and this wind will become stronger throughout the afternoon.  As we get into Saturday evening gusts of 40mph + are expected.  Obviously these winds are going to be significantly stronger on the fell tops where gusts of up to 80mph may be seen.  This is not a day to be traversing narrow ridges!

The very strong wind means that the wind chill effect will bring temperatures below zero on the exposed mountain tops.

Sunday will start in the same vein, wet and very windy.  This wind should ease later in the day and likewise the rain will become lighter as the day goes on.  Winds will still be gale force for most of the day though so if you are planning to get out in the hills, progress will be hampered by severe buffeting at times.

Please remember that the clocks go back one hour at midnight tonight with the end of British Summer Time. 

Also best of luck to all of those competing in the OMM (Original Mountain Marathon) taking place in the Elan Valley in Wales this weekend.  Hopefully there won't be any swimming involved like last year!

For a detailed fell top forecast go to



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