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Council investigates disputed “right of way”

“Discrepancy” and “anomaly” checked by Hertfordshire


The southern entrance to Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 with warning sign Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The southern entrance to Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 with warning sign
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

Hertfordshire County Council is looking into an “alignment query” regarding a well-used bridleway in Little Berkhamsted that has been considered a right of way for years.

Council officials have been searching through historic records to try to find out whether bridleway 18, which appears on the Hertfordshire definitive right of way map, is in the right place.

The council’s research so far ‘Little Berkhamsted Bridleway 18 – Alignment Query’ is embedded further down in this report.

The background


Earlier this month “No Entry” signs appeared either side of a contested stretch of the bridleway, which features on the Ordnance Survey (OS) map for the area and OS app.

The owner of a property in the village says the route of the path, which has been used regularly by walkers and horse riders, is not a public right of way.

The Ordnance Survey Explorer 182 map shows the bridleway in question.

OS map of Little Berkhamsted

And the OS app also shows the route as a public right of way.

Screen shot taken from the OS mobile app January 2020 showing the route Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0
Screen shot taken from the OS mobile app January 2020 showing the bridleway
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0

But older OS maps dating back to 1924 do not show the route.

Part of the OS 25-inch Essendon; Little Berkhamsted map 1924 Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland Under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0
Part of the OS 25-inch Essendon; Little Berkhamsted map 1924 - bridleway not shown
Reproduced with the permission of the National Library of Scotland
Under the terms of the Creative Commons CC-BY 4.0
The route is not shown on the OS 25-inch maps for 1880 or 1898, nor does it appear on the OS six-inch maps for 1883, 1899, or 1925. All the maps mentioned above can be found on the National Library of Scotland site and downloaded free of charge.

Hertfordshire County Council’s (HCC) highways department has produced a document that looks at the history of the path. This follows an approach from local residents to the council to investigate.

HCC says it has been made aware that, “there is a discrepancy between how the southern end of Little Berkhamsted Bridleway 18 is shown on the Definitive Map, how it is described in the Definitive Statement and the route the public are currently using”.

The HCC document is embedded below. To view in full-screen, hover over the document and then click on the black pop-out button top right. You can then save and print the PDF.

A campaign has been launched to gather evidence of the use of the bridleway in an effort try to save the route from closure. The Ramblers organisation is also looking into the matter.

Little Berkhamsted Bridleway 18 – Alignment Query




Three Hertfordshire Walker routes affected


Three walks on our Hertfordshire Walker site have been diverted to avoid the section and use bridleway 19 instead.

The route was part of Walk 7: The Little Berkhamsted Loop. The disputed section also appears in Walk 20: The Essendon Loop, and Walk 25: Little Berkhamsted Loop.

If you have downloaded and printed any of the routes above, please revisit Hertfordshire Walker and use the revised maps and directions.

The bridleway is at grid reference TL 29054 07877.

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