Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: PROMOTION: HERTSMERE: Aldenham 72 Hill Farm Route
Map showing recorded Aldenham paths
Annotated map reproduced courtesy of Googlemaps.
Bridleway Aldenham 72 runs from Oakridge Lane (and Aldenham 83 byway) to Netherwylde Farm (and Aldenham 20 restricted byway).

At the time of the BHS 2021 Access Survey (1 Aug 21), there were no gates were across the path, and one width restriction at the southern end (see Photo 2). It was signposted at the junction with Aldenham 20 RB (Photo 5), but only had a waymark arrow at the junction with Oakridge Lane (public road) (Photo 2).

This route forms part of the Hertfordshire County Council-promoted 6.4 mile Abbot Trail for walkers, riders and cyclists, but note that the route has been slightly diverted from that shown in the leaflet.

Photograph of Aldenham 72 bridleway
1. View northwards from Oakridge Lane
Photo: Helen Taylor, 1 Aug 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 72 bridleway
2. Start of path
Photo: Helen Taylor, 1 Aug 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 72 bridleway
3. Crossing the private drive
Photo: Helen Taylor, 1 Aug 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 72 bridleway
4. Continuing generally northwards
Photo: Helen Taylor, 1 Aug 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 72 bridleway
5. Sign at junction with Aldenham 20 RB
Photo: Helen Taylor, 1 Aug 2021
BHS PGBT The work to have the path recorded was performed by Stephen Oates and his mother, Mrs Katie Oates, both previously BHS access officers for Hertsmere and Patchetts Green Riding Club bridleways officers.
This route is a good example of how there are many routes in ordinary use that aren't recorded, and highlights the danger of inaction now that the Countryside and Rights of Way Act 2000 has set a limit by which paths must be recorded else they cease to exist.

Legal History
21 May 1991: The Hertsmere Borough Council (Public Footpath No 5 (Part) Aldenham) Public Path Diversion Order 1991 (confirmed) diverted part of Aldenham 5 FP on to the line of this route, despite objections saying it was already a bridleway.
1 Dec 1992: As a result of the FP diversion order, the BHS made an application for a route between Oakridge Lane and Netherwylde Farm to be recorded as a bridleway.
19 Feb 1994: As no decision had been made by the county council, the BHS applied to the Secretary of State for a direction that the application be determined in a set period of time.
4 Jun 1994: The Secretary of State declined to give a direction to HCC because the council said it would determine the application by the end of 1995.
1995: Hertfordshire County Council declined to make an order. The BHS appealed against this decision.
1 May 1996: HCC revised decision to make an order to record a bridleway.
20 Nov 1996: The Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 72) Modification Order 1996 (confirmed 4 Mar 1997) added the bridleway to the definitive map.
23 Dec 2002: The Hertsmere Borough Council (Aldenham 72) Diversion Order 2002 (confirmed 7 Feb 2003) diverted the northernmost part of the bridleway slightly eastwards to allow the landowner's flood defence measures to be implemented. (ED078)
Definitive Statement (4 Dec 2015)
Path: [Aldenham] 72.  Status: Bridleway.  Definitive Map sheet: 77
Commences from Restricted Byway 20 east of Netherwylde Farm at TL 1527 0130 thence S for approx. 140m to TL 1524 0117 then S for approx. 90m to TL 1525 0108, south-west for about 210 m to TL 1516 0089, south-east for about 60 m, passing to the East of Hill Farm, to a junction with FP27 at TL 1518 0084, continuing along the farm drive south-westwards to TL 1516 0077 and thence south-eastwards past a junction with FP5 at TL 1524 0073 to the junction with the southern end of FP 27 and Oakridge Lane at TL 1528 0071.
Width: 9m between TL 1524 0117 and TL 1527 0130 and varies between 4-8m as shown crosshatched on the map forming part of The Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 72) Modification Order 1996
4 metres between TL 1521 0101 and TL 1529 0071.

© 2022 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. File reference: EC013, ED078, ED165.