Interestingly, Wainwright was writing just as husband and wife Paul and Sarah Howcroft were sitting at their kitchen table in the Yorkshire Dales starting to use the emerging advances in textiles to create hard-wearing clothes for climbers and walkers. Their company, Rohan, still has a shop in the Yorkshire Dales in Long Preston which also has a clearance section.
We've all got waterproof skin so I'm never really sure why people get so worked up about rain. I will admit that we did have one barbecue when we continued eating outdoors in the rain and it wasn't so pleasant: the broccoli was actually floating in a half inch of water on the plate. Without rain, the Yorkshire Dales would not be so lush and green so we should be grateful really...
Getting back to the need for suitable outdoor clothing, I recently asked for some recommendations for the best outdoor clothing shops in the Dales.
Castleberg Outdoors in Settle got recommended again and again. The staff were praised for their knowledgeable approach, fact they're all keen walkers, runners and bikers and that they make sure they offer a personalised service, matching kit to individuals and their needs.
Other recommendations for good outdoor clothing shops in the Yorkshire Dales:
Three Peaks Outdoor Leisure in Hawes
The Mountaineer in Grassington
Cunningham's Outdoors in Hawes
Sleepy Elephant in Sedbergh
Mad about Mountains in Kirkby Stephen
Inglesport in Ingleton
Sypeland Outdoors in Pateley Bridge
The Walking Shop in Leyburn
Three Peaks Cycles in Settle
Stage 1 Cycles in Hawes