Respond to the call of the great outdoors with a little help from this stellar line-up of places to shop in Leeds.
Surrounded by endless acres of glorious countryside, it’s no wonder Leeds has so many amazing places to help you get geared up to enjoy every inch of the al fresco adventures on offer. God’s own county rewards explorers with an embarrassment of riches. Whether it’s your first stroll into the countryside or you’d give Bear Grylls a run for his money, this selection of shops will kit you out with everything you need for your next trip.
One of the best-known shops in the world of outdoor retail, Blacks is a great option when it comes to choice, so much so that it serves as a source of inspiration for your next adventure as much as it does as a shop. From camping, hiking and fishing to skiing, swimming and cycling, it’s packed out with specialist brands that will set you up like a seasoned pro. There’s always an offer or two on, so it’s worth keeping your eyes peeled before you buy.
Blacks, The Core Shopping Centre, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6JE.
These guys know their stuff. Try asking any of their staff for a view on a piece of kit and one of the team will give you a super helpful, informed opinion. As well as a free rucksack fitting service, you’ll find top quality gear for activities like caravanning and horse riding, as well as all the usual outdoor go-to’s. As a Brucie bonus, when you sign up for a membership card, if you find a product cheaper online, they’ll beat the price by 10%. Not bad, eh?
Go Outdoors Leeds, York Road, Osmondthorpe, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS9 9AA.
Trinity Leeds is home to Decathlon’s flagship Leeds shop and it’s seriously impressive. It sprawls over two floors filled with kit for every activity you can imagine from camping to skiing, snorkelling to bodyboarding. Big and small brands line the shelves, covering all kinds of budgets. There are showrooms to try before you buy, so you can see just how big a six-man tent really is, or you can take an e-bike for a spin. They even have a repair services for tents, bikes and kayaks.
Decathlon, Trinity Leeds, 49 Boar Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 5EL.
Snow + Rock Leeds
With a ‘does what it says on the tin’ approach to naming, Snow + Rock’s Leeds shop specialises in outdoor sports that involve either or both of these elements. How very Yorkshire of them. These guys are the gods of premium skiing, snowboarding and climbing gear. Prices match the quality and the service here, but you can expect only the absolute best. You’ll even find a custom ski boot-fitting clinic, teamed with grade A knowledge on every single aspect of the sport.
Snow + Rock, 8-12 Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LD.
Agoora Outdoor Gear
Specialising in four main brands – Ron Hill, Spray Way, Hilly and Montane – Agoore Outdoor Gear cover a broad range of both clothing and equipment for hiking, running, camping and mountaineering. Their gear will ensure you’re prepared, whatever the weather, with everything from comfy walking shorts to waterproof trousers. With anti-chafe nipple pads alongside hi-vis running gear on offer, you can’t help but think they’re a considerate bunch with comfort and safety front of mind.
Agoora Outdoor Gear, 1 Well Garth View, Whitecote, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS13 1EE.
Part of the Cotswold Outdoor, Snow + Rock and Runners Need superstore, these chaps believe there’s no substitute for experience. Simply put, their staff are experts and all partake in one or more of the disciplines they cater for. In the world of camping, hiking, running and watersports, you’ll be hard pressed to find something they don’t offer, with a huge range of both well-known and smaller brands. It’s an outdoor wonderland that will have you perfectly prepped.
Cotswold Outdoor, 8-12 Lands Lane, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LD.
Trespass’ Leeds shop ticks all your outdoor boxes with a comprehensive range covering hiking, watersports, camping, snow sports and adventure travel. Understanding that your four-legged friend is a member of the family too, these clever clogs have even thought to include a collection of dog gear, appropriately named Trespaws. The doggy waterproofs are perfect for an adventurous pooch. The store has a spacious layout and helpful staff are always on hand to make sure you find exactly what you need.
Trespass, Kirkstall Bridge Shopping Park, Bridge Road, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS5 3BL.
As a global icon, North Face is widely appreciated for its street cred as a fashion brand, while maintaining its reputation as a premium provider of outdoor gear. When it comes to the latter, they’ll help you stay comfortable with all the essential clothing, tents and boots you could ever need or want. Look cool with their colourful accessories and get technical with cutting-edge equipment, like their Thermoball-insulated clothing, seamless sportswear and sturdy hiking boots.
The North Face, 76 Briggate, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS1 6LH.
A family-owned establishment, Mountain Warehouse have pretty much thought of everything you could need from an outdoor shop in Leeds. Base layers, snow suits and activewear for the kids, feeding and nutrition accessories for the dog, or extreme footwear for mum and dad – they’ve got you covered for a truly well-kitted out adventure for the whole fam, all year round. They even have their own range of two to six man tents and accessories crafted with 25 years of experience.
Mountain Warehouse, The Springs Retail Park, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS15 8Gb.
Gap Year Travel Store
The Gap Year Travel Store have the knowledge and the gear to ensure your adventure is a thoroughly well thought out experience. They focus on lightweight and compact equipment for travellers at affordable prices. We’re talking everything for carrying, sleeping, organising, securing, healing, cleaning and repelling. Think backpacks, sleeping bags, first aid kits, compact towels and hi-tech mosquito nets. Wherever you’re going, they’ve got your back, literally.
Gap Year Travel Store, Thorp Arch Estate, Wetherby, West Yorkshire, LS23 7BJ.
Simply put, these chaps may as well have invented camping. Winfields Outdoors has Yorkshire’s biggest range of outdoor tents, from pop-ups to polycottons and inflatables. They’ve thought of every conceivable accessory too, from portable pizza ovens and fire pits to self-inflating sleep mats. It’s enough to make those who once thought camping wasn’t their thing to have a serious rethink. If that wasn’t enough, they also stock a huge range of clothing for walking and hiking.
Winfields Outdoors, Selby Road, Garforth, Leeds, West Yorkshire, LS25 2AQ.