The Lake District is better known for being one of most beautiful places on earth or for being a paradise for walkers, but the region is also full of pretty towns and villages that are lined with national retailers and charming independent shops, boutiques and delis.
If you are on holiday in the Lake District and are staying in one of the luxurious Ambleside cottages or elsewhere then you are in for a real treat. Here we take you through some of the best shops and shopping centres that are located in the Lake District and the rest of Cumbria.
Adventure Peaks Worldwide Mountaineering not only sells a wide variety of world-renowned clothing brands like Berghaus EXTEM, Rab, Millet and Montane, but they also offer walking and climbing expeditions and courses.
As well as clothing, Adventure Peaks, which is located in Ambleside, boast one of the best selections of trekking boots in the UK. The friendly staff are very knowledgeable and whether you are trekking in the Lake District or are summiting Everest there is something for walkers of all ages and abilities.
Shoppers may even get tempted to try out the Ambleside Climbing Wall or get a spot of lunch at Café Altitude.
For years, generations of families have been coming to George Fisher in the heart of Keswick to prepare themselves for their outdoor adventures.
With five floors showcasing the very best outdoor gear and equipment - and enthusiastic staff on hand with a welcoming smile and expert advice, those staying in Keswick and North Lakes holiday cottages are sure to find everything they need for a walk.
The Abraham’s Café at the George Fisher shop offers shoppers the chance to enjoy a refreshing beverage and a tasty treat, while planning their next adventure. George Fisher’s motto “One store, So much to explore” really is apt.
The family-owned Lakeland, which celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2014, now has 69 stores across the UK, as well as a dedicated German website and 12 stores trading in the Middle East.
Lakeland sell more than 4,000 products and the store is famed for its stunning range of bakeware and cooking products.
Packhorse Court is a pedestrianised shopping area in Keswick and is full of speciality shops – all of the shops and cafes are independently owned making it the place for speciality shopping.
Originally a burgage plot dating back to medieval times, the courtyard that shoppers see today was once an enclosure for horses, workshops and other facilities.
The shops that are located in Packhorse Court are:
1. The Cheese Delicatessen: offers shoppers a selection of over 90 cheeses, including a range of ewes and goats milk cheeses (great for allergy sufferers). They also stock a selection of olives, peppers, chutneys and biscuits.
2. The Card Collection: this shop is the only specialist card shop in Keswick.
3. Alexandra’s of Keswick: a specialist in quality women’s casual wear and ethically produced clothing from British brands, including Seasalt, Braintree, Adini, Nomads and Postcards from Brighton.
5. Sweet Treats – if you have a sweet tooth then the 250 plus jars of sweets makes it the Aladdin’s cave of sweets!
6. KCS Computer Services – a professional IT company that can repairs PCs, laptops and Macs.
7. Touchwood Toy Shop - specialists in traditional and wooden items from around the world.
8. Dales Barber Shop - if you fancy a quick trim during your holiday then Dales Barber Shop are a great option.
9. Bar eS - provides drinks, delicious food and great music in a funky relaxed atmosphere. They serve homemade tapas dishes alongside their impressive range of craft beers, real ales and lagers.
10. The Honey Pot – serves traditional home cooked fayre in a Lakeland tearoom styled restaurant.
11. Poets Interiors – specialises in sourcing unusual products, furniture, gifts, collectables and lighting from around the world. Also stocks Steiff and Betty Boop ranges.
12. Jingles Hair Studio – the Jingles team have curled, cut and crimped thousands of people’s hair and are a popular choice amongst locals.
13. Toby’s Dog Emporium & Grooming – if you want to give your pet a treat during your holiday then Toby’s Dog Emporium & Grooming should be your choice for dog grooming and pet-related gifts and treats.
14. Alternative Gift Shop – if you are looking for something different then a visit to Alternative is a must!
This family-run business has been running since November 2014 and is based in Kendal in the South Lakes.
Antiques, collectibles and vintage pieces are all on offer and if you find something that you couldn’t carry during your holiday you can get it delivered to your home.
Ye Olde Friars was established way back in 1927 and still remains in the same family to this day.
Their shops in Keswick and Ambleside sell a variety of chocolates (both loose and boxed), buttery shortbread, unusual chutneys and mustards, honeys and jams and a range of different gift ideas for every season.
At Easter, Halloween and Christmas the stores sell a wide variety of decorations and chocolate treats.
Image Credit: Adventure Peaks, George Fisher, Lakeland, Packhorse Court, The Antiques Emporium, Ye Olde Friars.