Welcome to The Fell Store, where the spirit of adventure meets the serenity of nature! I'm Hannah, the founder and Managing Director of this passion-driven venture.
As life led me into adulthood, I found myself chasing the alluring dream of material success – the promise of wealth, luxury, and opulence.
After leaving my job in a high street Bank, I found myself in yet another job I hated, behind a desk and dreaming of freedom. Using the gym to strengthen my mental and physical fitness.
However, the universe had other plans for me, and I faced a harsh awakening, losing everything I had attained. I felt myself spiralling into a very dark place and needed something fresh and exciting. After a few challenging and painful months I realised things needed to change. It was time to start a new life from the ground up. A promotion at work meant I had a brand new car and spent most of my free time driving around the stunning Lancashire and Cumbrian countryside. Sunday morning hangovers were now replaced with early starts and solo road trips looking for easy paths to explore.
Through introspection, mentorship, and self-discovery, I learned the true essence of happiness, hidden within the magnificence of The Lake District. My first proper hike as an adult was us to Helvellyn with a friend from work. I definitely didn't have the right gear and it was a cold, wet, uncomfortable slog to the trig with no views....but I still loved it! We returned a year or so later, one evening after work, and finally got those views!
Venturing into this breath-taking landscape alone, I embarked on soul-stirring road trips, capturing its splendour through my lens. The thrill of hiking up even the smallest fells filled me with unparalleled euphoria, and I soon understood the transformative power of nature on our physical and mental well-being. I started to go camping on my own, still totally unaware of the concept of "Wild camping" I packed up my pop up tent, quilt and pillow and found campsites in Ingleton and the Lake District.
In 2019 I camped alone at Side Farm in the Lake District. I embarked on my longest hike yet, with only a Mars bar and a bottle of Lucozade, I walked to Pooley Bridge and got the ferry back to Glenridding. This was the day I realised I needed to be more prepared with food and drinks from now on!
Around this time I met my partner, Chris, who introduced me to the wonderful world of Wild Camping. Our first camping trip together was the Old Man of Conniston. I couldn't quite get my head around the fact we were just setting of up the fell while others were on their way down! The clouds parted for a split second to unveil the beauty of this amazing place. This was when I tasted my first dehydrated meal, a Firepot! This experience was worlds apart from my cheap pop up tent in a field and a nutritionally empty pot snack meal! I was amazed at how much kit fit into these rucksacks and how fast everything was to set up. Not to mention the comfort! The rest of the night was cloudy and windy with no views in the morning either. I slept better that night than I ever did at home. I was hooked! I couldn't wait to go again and we spent a majority of our spare time hiking and camping in the Lakes.
The defining moment in 2019 arrived when I awoke to witness the sunrise over Buttermere, from Haystacks. That summer changed my life forever, unveiling the place where my heart truly belonged. The Lake District, with its ever-changing character and boundless freedom, is not simply a topic of conversation; it is an experience that must be lived.
With this new found energy, confidence and inspiration, in January 2020, I took the leap of faith and established The Fell Store, initially planning to grow it alongside my job. However, the winds of fate shifted, and amidst the challenges posed by the pandemic, I poured my heart and soul into building this business against all odds. Today, The Fell Store stands tall, a testament to the resilience and love for nature that fuels our journey.
I invite you to join us in embracing the outdoors and igniting the spark of adventure within.
The Fell Store is more than just a brand – we are a community united by our love for nature and the boundless beauty it bestows upon us. Together, let's relish every inch of this blessed country we call home. I encourage you to share your experiences and reach out for guidance in discovering your own story.
Thank you for embarking on this journey with us. Let's create lasting memories and find our true selves amidst the enchanting embrace of nature.
Adventure awaits, Hannah, The Fell Store