Sheffield and Peak District Walking Group Sees Surge in Popularity to Combat Loneliness

A walking group founded by Aimee Beaufort, a former Sheffield student, has rapidly grown from 100 to over 8,000 followers in less than a year, addressing the UK’s ongoing issue of loneliness.

Another Hiking Collective, established in February 2023, has become a vibrant community for those seeking companionship and the beauty of the outdoors.

The group’s popularity underscores a growing desire for connection and the therapeutic benefits of nature.

Aimee Beaufort’s initiative has transformed into a movement, bringing together individuals from across the UK to explore Sheffield and the Peak District’s stunning landscapes.

The group’s activities have fostered friendships and encouraged participants like Millie, a 20-year-old student, to embrace outdoor adventures and form lasting bonds.

Members of the Another Hiking Collective group pictured during a walk in the snow ( Photo: @anotherhikingcollective)

The success of Another Hiking Collective highlights the profound impact of community and nature on mental health and well-being.

Regular access to green spaces is linked to reduced depression risks and improved concentration.

Beaufort’s personal journey with mental health inspired her to create a space where others could find solace and strength in nature and companionship.

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