Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: PROMOTION: St Stephen 72 Byway - Job's Wood Path
Map showing St Stephen 72 byway at Job's Wood
Annotated map reproduced courtesy of Googlemaps.
Byway 72 St Stephen (shown right in red) runs from Millhouse Lane, Bedmond, generally south west to a junction with bridleways 4 and 41.

Many riders who use St Stephen 72 also use the orange route to the east, forming part of Millhouse Lane and leading to Searches Lane. We are collecting user evidence for this path. Read more.

At the time of the BHS 2021 Access Survey (5 Sep 21), no gates were across the path and it was signposted only at the northern end. Better signage at teh southern end would be useful for those unfamiliar with the area.

St Stephen 72 Job's Wood
1. Sign at juntion with Millhouse Lane
Photo: Helen Taylor, 5 Sep 2021
St Stephen 72 Job's Wood
2. View from Millhouse Lane
Photo: Helen Taylor, 5 Sep 2021
St Stephen 72 Job's Wood
3. View SW about half way along
Photo: Helen Taylor, 5 Sep 2021
St Stephen 72 Job's Wood
4. View NE from SW end of path
Photo: Helen Taylor, 5 Sep 2021
St Stephen 72 Job's Wood
5. Makeshift sign near SW end of path
Photo: Helen Taylor, 5 Sep 2021
BHS PGBTThis path is an old road, but St Albans City and District Council recorded it as a footpath in 1990. An application had to be made to ensure that riders were not prevented from using the route in the future, as the recording of a route as a footpath can make people think it is only a footpath. The order to record the path was opposed and a public inquiry held, but the Inspector agreed with the application and confirmed the order.

Legal History
The City and District of St Albans (St Michael's and St Stephen's Parishes) Modification Order 1990 added this path to the definitive map as a footpath.
1 May 1993: Application to change from FP to Byway.
26 Apr 1995: The City and District of St Albans (Byway 72 St Stephen) Modification Order 1995 (confirmed 21 Jul 2000) changed the depiction of this path on the definitive map from footpath to byway. PINS reference FPS/B1930/7/3.
Definitive Statement (4 Dec 2015)
Path: [St Stephen] 72.  Status: BOAT  DM sheet: 76
Commences from Millhouse Lane (county road), Bedmond (at TL 1060 0365) thence generally southwestwards to a junction with BR4 and BR41 St Stephen (at TL 1046 0346).
Width: Varies between 8.2m and 10m as shown hatched on the plan annexed to the City and District of St Albans (Byway 72 St Stephen) Modification Order 1995.

© 2021 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. File reference: EC106.

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