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With the great outdoors all around you in the Lake District, it’s no surprise that the major shopping opportunities are for hiking gear, outdoor apparel, camping stuff and the like. The biggest range of outdoor stores is to be found in Ambleside and Keswick, though most villages have at least one shop where you can buy a pair of hiking boots, rainwear, a map and compass – all you really need to get the most out of a day in the Lakes. The renaissance in Cumbrian food and drink has led to a burgeoning number of gourmet foodie outlets, from delis and food halls to traditional grocers, while local arts, crafts and gifts are widely available too – whether it’s a house sign made from locally quarried slate or bespoke furniture from sustainably sourced wood.

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