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Just about as far away as you could get from any notion of being hefted.
Before that, postal carriers hefted the mail in bags slung over their shoulders.
Hefted sheep graze on the hillside without enclosure and know their own territory which is passed down from generation to generation.
Here in Welsh Wales we have an expression, 'Y filltir sgwer' - literally the square mile (we call home) - regularly heard in conversation, probably because we Welsh speakers (especially) have a reluctance to move far from our roots, and when we do another familiar Welsh word, 'hiraeth', kicks in (longing is as close as it gets - although hefted is an intriguing possibility).