Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
Map showing Aldenham 87 bridleway
Annotated map reproduced courtesy of Googlemaps.
Photograph of Aldenham 87 from Aldenham 12
1. View from Aldenham 12
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 87
2. Continuing south-eastwards
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 87
3. Bear left at the fork
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
Photograph of Aldenham 87 at junction with Aldenham 77
4. Junction with Aldenham 77
Photo: Michael Rackham, 13 Dec 2021
BHS PGBT Bridleway 87 runs from Aldenham 77 to Aldenham 12, as shown by the thick blue line of the plan above.

The need to record this route was uncovered when the Patchetts Green Riding Club was conducting the survey of routes ridden as part of the British Horse Society's 1991 ARROW survey. It was found to be a popular route from Aldenham towards Blackbird's Lane, as part of a circular route. Accordingly, an application was made (in 1997) to ensure that riders were not prevented from using the route in the future.

Subsequently, with the development of the Wall Hall site for housing, the County Council and the Developer agreed to formalise the routes riders had been using, which would also save the wait for the definitive map modification order applications to reach the top of the queue. This route was owned by the developer, Octagon, and has been dedicated for the avoidance of doubt. This was done by means of a public path creation agreement, and so the path is maintainable at the public expense.

At the time of the BHS 2021 Access Survey (13 Dec 21), two gates were across the path, both with spaces to the side for horses. The gate at photograph (1) was not present in 1997.

Legal History
10 Mar 1997: Definitive Map Modification Order Application made to record this route as a bridleway.
9 Oct 2009: The path was formally created as bridleway by an agreement under s.31 Highways Act 1980 between the Hertfordshire County Council and Octagon Developments ("The Wall Hall Public Path Creation Agreement 2009").
The Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 84, 85, 86 and 87) Legal Event Modification Order 2009 recorded the route on the definitive map.
Definitive Statement (8 Dec 2009)
Path: [Aldenham] 87.  Status: Bridleway.  Definitive Map sheet: 84
A BR commencing from Aldenham BR77 at TQ 1344 9923 and continuing NE along the track for approx. 240m to Aldenham FP12 at TQ 1360 9940.
Width: 4 metres
Limitations: None

© 2022 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. File reference: EC160.