Women Outdoors’ mission is to inspire women to get outside and connect with nature and each other to improve their mental and physical wellbeing. They’ve teamed up with Women’s Aid to offer hiking events especially for women who have been victims and survivors of domestic abuse. The hiking events are expected to offer lots of benefits including:
- Increasing self-esteem and confidence
- Reducing stress, anxiety and depression
- Offering a feeling of belonging and connection
- Improving fitness
- A chance for joy and fun
All the hikes will be led by Emma Winter, a qualified mountain leader who will provide information and knowledge on conservation, plants, landforms and human history throughout the walks.
As most of the participants from Women’s Aid experience financial barriers to enjoying the outside and come from deprived areas, it’s a great opportunity to help improve access. With the hikes starting in July and August and continuing on each month, the team plan to build a strong community of female walkers. Cotswold Outdoor have helped fund the transport necessary to get out into nature and support their walks as part of the Festival of Walking.