With over 40 years of experience, Cunningham's is still a proudly run, independent outdoor specialist with stores in some of the most beautiful locations in the UK. Bringing you great brands whilst offering good, honest customer service from our experienced and passionate team. (read more)

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1-3 Rydal Road Ambleside LA22 9AN

Cunninghams Outdoors

Cunningham's was established in 1971 by Stewart Cunningham, an Ambleside lad who spent his early years on the fells in the Lake District.  He opened the Ambleside store to meet the needs of the many walkers drawn to the Lakes.  He has watched the technology evolve over the years from Ventile jackets and canvas rucksacks to the advent of Gore-tex and other fabric technologies.

Cunningham's now has four stores across England, Scotland and Wales. 

Cunningham's is still a family run independent outdoor specialist with over forty years of knowledge and expertise.  Driven passionately now by Stewart's children, Ross and Wendy, the next generation, Cunningham's offer a wide selection of outdoor clothing, equipment and footwear to suit all needs and pockets.  Ranging great brands such as Rab, Paramo, Meindl, Sprayway and Scarpa to name but a few.  Cunningham's is known for pioneering iconic brands such as Bergan's and Norrona.  Our long history with the German brand Jack Wolfskin continues with the Jack Wolfskin Store in Ambleside and a wide range stocked in all our other stores.

We can draw upon our wealth of knowledge and experience to offer customers high levels of product knowledge, given honestly, so that you leave the store with peace of mind that you have made the right choices from our uniquely styled stores, situated in some of the most beautiful areas in the UK.

We look forward to seeing you!

Latest News and updates from Cunninghams Outdoors

  • Jack Wolfskin Spring/Summer Collection Now Available The new Jack Wolfskin Spring/Summer 2019 collection has arrived in store, and is also available online! See the full collection in our Ambleside store.

    Jack Wolfskin Spring/Summer 2019 Now Online and In Store

    coAdmin | 01/02/2019 12:46:19

  • A week of guided walks exploring the wild hills, rugged coastline and rolling hills of Galloway. Enjoy 7 days of walking plus a selection of evening events for under £100 Cunningham’s are once again proud to contribute to the Newton Stewart Walking Festival. Walkfest offers around 30 routes.... More

    17th Newton Stewart Walking Festival: 10th - 16th May 2019

    coAdmin | 01/02/2019 12:38:20

  • We’re Hiring at our Ambleside store. Sales Advisors (Part time) ‬ We are seeking highly-motivated and enthusiastic people with good communication skills, that have worked as part of a team. Full staff training given Staff Discount after qualifying period #TeamCunningham #Jobs #Ambleside ‬ DO YOU FIT THE BILL? CALL.... More

    Sales Advisors Job Vacancies at our Ambleside Store

    coAdmin | 12/11/2018 13:40:08

  • We have 3 Rab #TheMountainPeople tin mugs to give away. To be in with a chance of winning all you have to do is: - Head on over to our Facebook Page - like our page - share the competition post - tell us what’s your.... More

    October Competition on Facebook

    coAdmin | 05/10/2018 15:17:25

  • Rab Microlight jackets have been tried, tested and loved for over a decade. Now, it’s time to meet the next generation. Tried, tested and much loved, the Rab Microlight Jacket seamlessly entered the lives of climbers, hikers and mountaineers alike over a decade ago. Instantly embraced for its fit, versatility and warmth, it was a game changer.... More

    Introducing the Revised Rab Microlight Alpine and New Microlight Summit

    coAdmin | 03/10/2018 13:29:34

  • Cunningham’s are proud to have been nominated for the Great Outdoors Awards 2018, in the Independent Retailer of the Year category. Please vote for us, a proud independent retailer! (you have until 31st October to vote) Thank you! https://www.tgomagazine.co.uk/awards/reader-awards/

    Cunningham’s Up for Independent Retailer of the Year Award

    coAdmin | 21/09/2018 10:55:10

  • The new Rab Autumn/Winter 2018 collection is now online and in store at Cunningham’s. Featuring several new and revised pieces, including new versions of the Neutrino and Cirrus jackets. It also features a revised version of the very popular Microlight Jacket, which is now called the Microlight Summit Jacket, along with a.... More

    Rab Autumn/Winter 2018 Now Available

    coAdmin | 25/07/2018 13:53:01

  • Saturday 7th July View our latest collections, get advice and access to special event deals! 1-2 Rydal Road, Ambleside, LA22 9AN

    Sprayway & Oboz Brand Event

    coAdmin | 04/07/2018 10:45:48

  • Newton Stewart Walking Festival 11th - 17th May 2018 Cunningham’s are once again proud to contribute to the Newton Stewart Walking Festival. Walkfest offers around 30 routes over 7 days, with transport and guides included, as well as a programme of evening social events. Often described as Scotland's best kept secret, Galloway is a wonderfully.... More

    Newton Stewart Walking Festival: 11th - 17th May 2018

    coAdmin | 13/04/2018 17:34:04

  • SALES ADVISOR TO WORK VARIOUS HOURS Full staff training given Staff Discount after qualifying period For this position we need applicants who: •    are highly-motivated and enthusiastic •    have good communication skills •    may already have some retail experience.... More

    Sales Advisor Job Vacancy at Cunningham’s Hawes and Ambleside Stores

    coAdmin | 01/03/2018 13:40:14

  • Saturday 24th March 1pm-3.30pm Come and join Max and Paddy for a great Spring time family friendly walk around Ambleside, celebrating the launch of the Jack Wolfskin Spring/Summer collection. All proceeds raised from the dog walk go to Fix the Fells. Meet Max and Paddy and the Fix the Fells Team at.... More

    Fix the Fells Fundraising Dog Walk: Saturday March 24th

    coAdmin | 23/02/2018 16:44:24

  • The new Rab Spring/Summer 2018 collection is now available online and in store at Cunningham’s. Featuring  several new items, including the Mantra jacket – a stretch waterproof jacket in highly breathable Pertex Shield Pro. Also new is the Nexus jacket and pull-on – a lightweight mid-layer in a stretch fleece for superb mobility and comfort.

    Rab Spring/Summer 2018 Now Online and In Store

    coAdmin | 07/02/2018 12:00:30

Our Stores

  • Situated in the beautiful Snowdonia National Park our experienced team in Betws Y Coed will help you with all your outdoor needs whether your planning a gentle walk or the ascent of Snowdon.  Stocking brands such as Rab, Paramo, Bergan’s Of Norway, Jack Wolfskin, Scarpa, Deuter, Meindl. Store Opening Hours Monday – Sunday 09.00 –17.30 .... More

    Betws Y Coed Store

    coAdmin | 06/09/2014 12:49:00

  • Situated on the Market Place our Hawes Store is in the Yorkshire Dales National Park.  Hawes is a traditional Yorkshire village with a good variety of independent shops.  Popular with walkers and those taking on the Yorkshire Three Peaks Challenge (Pen-Y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough).  Stocking brands such as Rab, Jack Wolfskin, Weird Fish and Deuter to name but.... More

    Hawes Store

    coAdmin | 05/09/2014 12:39:00

  • Our store in the heart of Newton Stewart is close to the Galloway Forest Park.  Popular with mountain bikers taking on the 7stanes at Kirroughtree or with walkers bagging the highest hill in the area, ‘Merrick’ – 843m.  We stock a good range of clothing, footwear and equipment, not to mention a good supply of products to keep.... More

    Newton Stewart Store

    coAdmin | 04/09/2014 12:40:00

  •   Our flagship store in the heart of the Lake District offers a huge range of outdoor clothing, footwear and equipment to suit all needs.  At Ambleside we stock a good range of Rab, Paramo, Bergan’s of Norway, Scarpa, Meindl, Deuter to name but a few.  Our Jack Wolfskin Store, on site, stocks one of the largest ranges of Jack.... More

    Ambleside Store

    coAdmin | 27/03/2014 10:57:00

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