Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: PROMOTION: HERTSMERE: Aldenham 77  H25 
Map showing recorded Aldenham paths
Annotated map reproduced courtesy of Googlemaps.
Bridleway 77 runs from Church Lane, Aldenham, to bridleway 22. This is shown as the thick blue line on the sketch plan, left.

This path was an old road, but it was lawfully stopped up. However, the route was never physically stopped to walkers and riders, and consequently it was rededicated as bridleway. This was realised when the Patchetts Green Riding Club was conducting the survey of routes used in 1991 as part of the British Horse Society's 1991 ARROW survey. Accordingly, an application was made to ensure that riders were not prevented from using the route in the future.

Subsequently, when it was realised that the route would form part of the H25 London Orbital Bridleroute, an approach was made to the landowners (Hertfordshire County Council and the University of Hertfordshire), and both agreed to execute a deed recognising the bridleway, so saving the wait for the recording application to be processed.

The photograph, right, shows Professor Holderness, Dean of the University of Hertfordshire's Watford Campus and County Councillor Bob Clark opening the bridleway.

At the time of the BHS 2021 Access Survey (13 Dec 21), two gates were across the path, with spaces to the side. It was signposted at the junction with Aldenham 93.

We still need survey photograhs of the section from Aldenham 87 to Aldenham 22. Find out more!

Official opening of bridleway Aldenham 77

Official Opening of Bridleway
© Bob Norris and Herts County Council, 26 Mar 1997
Reproduced by kind permission.

Photograph of Aldenham 77 from Aldenham 87
1. Junction with Aldenham 87
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 77
2. Heading south from Aldenham 87
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 77
3. Heading south-east towards road
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 77
4. Junction with road and Aldenham 93
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 77
5. Sign at road junction
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021

Legal History
The path was formally created as bridleway by an agreement dated 31 October 1996 under s.31 Highways Act 1980 between the Hertfordshire County Council and the University of Hertfordshire.
The Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 77) Legal Event Modification Order 1999 recorded the route on the definitive map.
The Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 84, 85, 86 and 87) Legal Event Modification Order 2009 altered the definitive statement to record a junction with Aldenham 87 and 84.
Definitive Statement (4 Dec 2015)
Path: [Aldenham] 77.  Status: Bridleway.  Definitive Map sheet: 84
Commences from a junction with BR22 S of Binghams Wood at TQ 1289 9896 thence generally NE along a track for approx 240m to a junction with FP 16 at TQ 1311 9905 continuing along the track NE for approx 380m to the junction with BR87 at TQ 1344 9923 thence SE for approx 20m to TQ 1346 9922 thence generally S for approx 330m to a junction with the other end of FP16 at TQ 1347 9890 thence generally SE (passing the junction with FP84 at TQ 1378 9861) for approx 600m to a junction with the county road at Aldenham Village at N of church at TQ 1392 9851.
Width: Varies between 3m and 8m as shown hatched on the Plan forming part of the Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 77) Legal Event Modification Order 1999.
Limitations:Locked gate with a 5 ft (1.52m) gap at TQ 1346 9922
Locked gate with a 5 ft (1.52m) gap at TQ 1375 9862

© 2022 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. Text originally © 2002 Patchetts Green Riding Club, reproduced with permission. File reference: EC090.

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