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“DO NOT ENTER” signs posted on local bridleway

Public right of way “in dispute” 


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

A popular bridleway, which features on three of the local rambles on Hertfordshire Walker, has had the right of way sign removed and notices posted warning walkers not to enter.

Access to the bridleway in Little Berkhamsted is “currently in dispute”, according to a local resident.

Hertfordshire County Council’s Countryside and Rights of Way team is looking into the matter.

The disputed section can be seen between the houses in the rights of way map below. Grid ref: TL 29054 07877.

North Mymms News has been told that there is an anomaly on the definitive map which shows the bridleway going through the cottages and not between them.

This is being investigated by Hertfordshire’s Countryside & Rights of Way team who intend to remove the metal warning sign (pictured below) and replace it with a notice explaining the situation.


Definitive map of Little Berkhamsted


The Ordnance Survey Explorer 182 map shows the public right of way in question.

OS map of Little Berkhamsted


There used to be a signpost at the start of the bridleway, but this has been removed.

In the past, walkers have been welcome to use this section, with water bowls often left for thirsty dogs. Now ramblers are being discouraged from using the stretch.

The sign marking Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 has been removed Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
The sign marking Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 has been removed
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Close-up of the warning notice on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18 Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0
Close-up of the warning notice on Little Berkhamsted bridleway 18
Image by North Mymms News released via Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0

The issue was first raised by a user of Hertfordshire Walker who posted about it on one of the site’s walks.
“Nice walk and directions good. It was a shame to see that near the end (point 19), at a fence and gate, someone had put a sign up warning walkers not to continue along the footpath due to guard dogs. As there was no alternative, no sign of dogs, and the fence wasn’t secure enough to hold any dogs in anyway, we continued. At the road, we noticed that someone has also pulled up the footpath sign out of the grass verge and turned it around. Looks like someone doesn’t want people using a public footpath.”
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.

All three walks have since been updated to include a detour to avoid the disputed section by using Little Berkhamsted bridleway 19 instead.

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





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