Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust
 PG: OBJECTS: PROMOTION: Tykeswater Lane (Aldenham 79 and Elstree 60)

Tykeswater Lane is an old road running from Watling Street (opposite Butterfly Lane) to Theobald Street, opposite a route which is awaiting inquiry.

The route was confirmed as a byway, which means of course that it can be ridden, on 23 March 2005, following the original application for it to be opened back in 1991. The work to get this path recorded has taken 14 years!

The sketch shows Tykeswater Lane in red, the A5183 Watling Street and Theobald Street in green, and Butterfly Lane and the route awaiting an inquiry in purple. The main places of (current or former) equestrian interest in the area have been labelled.

The railway crossing is by a tunnel under the railway, and the crossing of Tykes Water is via a ford.

Once the other sections are open, this route will form part of the Aldenham Parish Ride, a community circuit surrounding Aldenham Parish and worked on by the Patchetts Green Riding Club and the British Horse Society since 1990.

Sketch of the route Sketch map of the route


The following photographs were taken on 29 Mar 05. Please don't attempt to use the path until the old stiles and kising gates have been removed! (Registered supporters will get an email when this occurs.) The County Council advise that this work will not start before 23 June 2005.

Latest news (8 Jun 05): the County Council have made a temporary traffic regulation order preventing the use of the route until they've completed some surfacing and safety works.

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View from Watling Street end of the Lane

Fallen sapling for removal

Good view of old lane

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Fallen sapling for removal

Stile for removal

Stile for removal

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View along lane

View along lane

Kissing gate for removal

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View along lane

Kissing gate for removal

Looking towards Theobald Street, under the railway arch

This map shows the area of the new path.

Proving the existence of ancient highways costs money in research, copying, postage and travelling. Help us do more, so old paths can be reopened!

Long Legal Process - but Worth the Wait

The process of having a disused right of way reopened can be lengthy. Phil Wadey applied for this path to be recorded back in November 1991. The decision to make an order recording the path was taken by the county council in May 1994. At the public inquiry to resolve the objections, the Inspector, Mr Morgan, turned it down but wrote a strange decision letter in which he concluded that the definitive map was wrong. He failed to use his powers to alter the order to show what he thought the rights were, so we had to start all over again.

The second application was made in April 1996. By then, Hertfordshire County Council had taken on a number of additional definitive map staff, and they managed to find additional evidence in the county record office. A new order was made in October 2003. There were, of course(!), objections. These were eventually withdrawn, and the order was finally confirmed by the Secretary of State on 23 March 2005. So, it has been 14 years from the initial application to confirmation, but we now have another 3/4 mile of byway available for riding.

Legal History
The Hertfordshire County Council (Aldenham 18, 45, 63 & 79 and Elstree and Borehamwood 50 and 60) Modification Order 2003 (confirmed 23 March 2005) added this path to the definitive map as a byway. Some parts had previously been recorded as footpaths.
Definitive Statement (10 Dec 2005)
Path: [Aldenham] 79.  Status: Byway Open to All Traffic
Commences on Tykeswater Lane at the Parish boundary on the eastern side of the Railway bridge at its junction with Elstree and Borehamwood BOAT 60 (TQ1752 9836) then passing under the Railway bridge in a generally south westerly direction to its junction with Aldenham 18 (TQ1750 9834) then, turning south crossing Footpath 41 (TQ1753 9819) and continues to Tykeswater then running on the west side of Tykeswater before turning south west and thence to the junction with Watling Street opposite the junction with Butterfly Lane (TQ1727 9736)
Width: Varies in width between 7.4 metres and 18 metres as shown on the HCC (Aldenham 18,45,63,79 and E&B 50&60) Modification Order 2003
Limitations: None

Path: [Elstree] 60.  Status: Byway Open to All Traffic
Commences at junction with Theobald Street, Radlett (TQ1768 9848) and travels generally SW across Tykeswater to the junction with Aldenham 79 on the eastern side of the Railway Bridge (TQ1752 9836)
Width: Varies in width between 6 & 36 metres as shown on the HCC (Aldenham 18,45,63,79 and E&B 50&60) Modification Order 2003
Limitations: None
Appears on definitive map sheet: 85.

© 2010 Patchetts Green Bridleways Trust. File reference EC072.