Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust

Status: Order to record as BW has been made, and is awaiting confirmation. (Oct 18)

This route was shown on the 2000 Definitive Map as a footpath. An application for it to be shown as a bridleway had been made in 1995. It passes under the railway. At the time, Railtrack said, "[This path] was originally referenced as a bridle road at the time the railway was constructed, and therefore not withstanding the present referencing of the right of way, there is nothing for Railtrack to dedicate." That is, the landowners admit that it is bridleway.

However, because no one was obstructing it, Hertfordshire County Council did not regard correcting the definitive map of rights of way as a priority. In September 2017, we asked the Secretary of State to direct the Council to determine the application. As a result, they completed the investigation, and made an order to record it at bridleway status.

Plan of route
Plan of route

Legal History
7 Aug 95: Application made to have this path recorded as a bridleway.
2 Oct 16: Notice given to Council of intention to ask the Secretary of State to intervene.
3 Sep 17: Complaint made to Secretary of State. FPS/M1900/14D/4. 7 Nov 17: Council directed 7 Nov 17 to determine application by 31 May 18. 20 Mar 18: Council circulates its Investigation Report.
21 May 18: Council circulates its decision (of 2 May 18) to make an order for bridleway status.
The Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 68) Modification Order 2018 was made 13 Jul 18, with a close of objection period on 17 Sep 18. No objections so it is to be confirmed.
Definitive Statement (21 May 18, from the Order)
Path: 68.  Status: Bridleway
Commences from junction of The Avenue (privately maintainable public road) and The Heath (public road) at TQ 1612 0068 then NW along alley and under railway line to join Watling Street (public road) at TQ 1605 0070.
Width: Varies between 3.4 and 6.4 metres from TQ 1612 0068 to TQ 1605 0070, as shown in the Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 68) Modification Order 2018.
Limitations: None.
[This definitive statement only operates when the Council has actually confirmed the order.]
Appears on definitive map sheet: 77.
© 2018 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. File reference: EC126.