Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: PROMOTION: HERTSMERE: Elstree: Parkfields
Parkfields sketch map
Sketch plan of route
The Parkfields riding route first opened in 1999 on a trial basis. Local residents had expressed fears that a bridleway along the park boundary would cause many problems, but Hertsmere Borough Council decided to try it out rather than ditch the idea all together. A six month trial took place that summer, and the Council received no complaints, so the decision was taken to make the route permanent. Hertsmere changed the park bylaws to allow riding where designated, and in 2001, the entrance to the Parkfields from Allum Lane was improved to cater for horses and others.

The official opening of the route took place on 7 July 01 by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire, Christopher Laing.

This path is enjoyed as a result of commitment to off-road routes and work by Hertsmere Borough Council, to whom our thanks must go.

Path at beginning of trial period
View of path across the Park Fields at Start of Trial Period
Credit: Phil Wadey, 27 May 1999
Official opening of Parkfields Path
Official Opening of Parkfields Path
6 July 2001

Path History
27 May 99: Path opened for horses on a trial basis until 30 Sep 99.
8 Dec 99: Council resolved that the trial bridleroute had been a success, and could become a permanent addition for the area's riders.
8 Jan 01: Path temporarily closes for 5 weeks to allow for construction works at Allum Lane end.
6 Jul 01: Official opening by the High Sheriff of Hertfordshire.

© 2008 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. Part text © 2001 Patchetts Green Riding Club, reproduced with permission. File reference: EP001.