Paths, Greenways, Bridleways, Tracks - Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: CREATION

There are many ways in which bridleroutes can be created. Here is a selection of formal methods:
  • Any land owner can dedicate a route for use as a bridleway. So long as the route is used by the public on horseback or leading horses, the route acquires bridleway status.

  • A land owner and a district or county council can enter into a 'Public Path Creation Agreement' to create a new bridleway. Once completed, a notice of the agreement is published in the local paper. The path then comes into existence.

  • A land owner and a parish council can enter into an agreement to create a new bridleway.

  • A district or county council can create a path by a 'Public Path Creation Order'. If there are objections, a local public inquiry must be held. The path comes into effect only if there are no objections, or if the Inquiry Inspector decides to confirm the order.

  • A county council (or London Borough Council or unitary authority) can adopt a route after executing works on it. The path becomes a highway one month after a notice is placed on site, providing the owner doesn't object.

  • Any land owner can dedicate a strip of land as access land for use by equestrians (with or without rights for cyclists).

  • Any land owner can dedicate a strip of land as a village green which would provide for access by local people.
Horse drawn vehicle on Aldenham 20
Photo: Restricted Byway 20 in Aldenham

The Trust can assist in the drafting of deeds of dedication and the various forms of creation agreement for anyone who has obtained the agreement of the relevant landowners.

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