Cotswold Outdoor is a trading brand of AS Adventure Group, who also own the Snow and Rock, Cycle Surgery and Runners Need chains of shops. An outdoor recreation retailer in the United Kingdom. Founded in 1974, the company originated in the Cotswolds, and was based out of a garage next to the Cotswold Water Park, from which the founders sold basic camping accessories. Cotswold Outdoor is the recommended retailer for the Duke of Edinburgh Award scheme, the National Trust and the Ramblers, amongst other outdoor groups. Cotswold Outdoor has 79 stores across the United Kingdom, an e-commerce website and a mail order service selling outdoor clothing, camping & climbing equipment, travel & active clothing, hiking boots and adventure racing gear.