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

  • The new Autumn/Winter ranges from Rab, Montane, Jack Wolfskin and Sprayway have started to arrive in Cunningham’s stores, and we are working to make them available online as soon as we can. Click on the logos below to see the latest products available online!  

    Autumn/Winter Ranges Now Arriving In Store and Online

    coAdmin | 25/09/2020 18:22:08

  • Ambleside Opening Hours Monday to Saturday 10am to 5pm Sunday 10am to 4pm (Hours may vary) 015394 32636 Hawes Opening Hours Open 7 Days 10am to 5pm  (Hours may vary) .... More

    All Four Cunningham’s Stores Now Open!

    coAdmin | 15/07/2020 11:16:22

  • Our Ambleside, Hawes and Newton Stewart stores will be open by the end of THIS week. Please note these will be on reduced hours and will vary for each store. Please contact the individual store for more details. Unfortunately, due to the current travel guidelines for wales our Betws-y-Coed store remains closed. You can still shop.... More


    coAdmin | 30/06/2020 08:33:56

  • We are currently preparing our stores for reopening soon. In order to comply with guidance they will all have a different feel however the safety of our customers and staff is paramount. As soon as we’re ready we’ll let you know. In the meantime you can still shop with us online.

    Stores Reopening Soon

    coAdmin | 17/06/2020 23:24:28

  • Our online store is now open, albeit trading slightly differently to protect our staff. Due to the current government legislation all our retail stores remain closed until further notice Dear Cunningham Customer, Whilst our retail stores must remain closed, we have taken the decision to open our online store.  In order to do this and.... More

    COVID-19 UPDATE: Our Online Store Is Now Open

    coAdmin | 04/05/2020 21:49:39

  • Cunningham's have made the decision to temporarily close our stores in order to safeguard our employees and customers during the COVID-19 outbreak. Thank you for continuing to support us to date. Take care and we look forward to welcoming you back soon. The Team at Cunningham's.

    Temporary Store Closures

    coAdmin | 21/03/2020 09:54:09

  • It’s been very busy few days at the Ambleside store as we’ve had a full Boot room made at the weekend while Storm Ciara raged outside. Thank you to all involved at getting the job done. We wanted to try and use something local in the new boot room. So we had our new Boot room.... More

    New Boot Room at Our Ambleside Store

    coAdmin | 12/02/2020 15:17:18

  • To mark the launch of the Torridon jacket in store from August, we have teamed up with Sprayway to give one lucky person the chance to win a Torridon jacket worth £300. To enter simply fill in an entry card in store only at Cunninghams Ambleside & Betws y Coed stores. The winner will be chosen.... More


    coAdmin | 15/08/2019 11:02:59

  • Rab available online and in store now at our Ambleside and Betws-y-Coed stores, Jack Wofskin available in store (and online in the near future). The new Autumn/Winter 2019/20 collections from Rab and Jack Wolfskin are now available at Cunningham’s. Drop in to our Ambleside or Betws-y-Coed stores to check them out!

    Rab and Jack Wolfskin Autumn/Winter 2019 Collections Now at Cunningham’s

    coAdmin | 01/08/2019 14:27:27

  • We’re hiring at our Ambleside & Hawes stores. Sales Advisors (Various hours including weekends) You should be highly-motivated and enthusiastic with good communication skills #TeamCunningham #Jobs #Ambleside #Hawes Contact suegwork@hotmail.com

    Sales Advisors Job Opportunities: Ambleside and Hawes

    coAdmin | 03/04/2019 10:09:34

  • 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

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. July/August 2020 Store Reopening Hours Monday to Saturday .... 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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