This page gathers recent information about work going on in Hertfordshire to enhance or alter the Rights of Way network.
Tyttenhanger Estate Success
Following the eight-year partnership-focused project which late last year finally delivered the resolution of long-standing rights of way blockages in parallel with significant extensions and improvements to the local rights of way network, the final legal niceties have now been put in place, resulting in full confirmation of all the changes. At the same time, associated works have been carried out on the ground around the area, and all the necessary signing and waymarking is underway by Hertfordshire County Council. The new improved network is open for business!
To celebrate, the North London and South Herts Group is leading an inaugural long walk of about 10-11 miles around the area on Sunday 22 July, with lunch at Willows Activity Farm. We hope walkers will include representatives from the Tyttenhanger Estate, from Ramblers Central Office, and from the CMS and Rights of Way (CROW) Service at Hertfordshire County Council.
This detailed article explains the changes that created the new network, and these presentation slides give a pictorial view. It will be some time before the Definitive Map and the Ordnance Survey maps can been updated, but in the meantime, try using this summary OS map (printable copy of the one below) showing the new and altered routes.
Level Crossing Closures in Herts: Network Rail are planning to close 8 level crossings in Hertfordshire. Herts CC described the plans in Stile December 16 (PDF), with their comments on the orders in Stile June 17 (PDF). The public inquiry has now been postponed to September 2018 (Stile Dec 17).
New BSI standards for gaps, gates and stiles
Area member Chris has been heavily involved in the working group brought together to set new standards for gaps gates and stiles. Their aim is to provide as much access as possible including wheelchairs and pushchairs through easy to operate self closing gates. See a more detailed explanation of the new standards here.
Other Rights of Way News
New footpath confirmed in Knebworth Park PDF - Stile June 17
A Helpful Farmer at Tollgate Farm, near Colney Heath, gives walkers an alternative to road walking. PDF – Stile June 16
Examples of Hertfordshire's CMS work to improve rights of way and green spaces, including work in Oughtonhead Common, Composers Park, Elstree and Bishop's Wood Country Park were described in Norman Jones' article - Stile June 16.
Hertfordshire Definitive Map changes
Changes to the Definitive Map are reported in each issue of Stile by the Herts CC Definitive Map team. These articles include the changes since the map was officially updated (in 2015): Stile June 16, December 16, June 17 and December 17. Many of these changes will already be visible on the on-line version of the map, updated every month.
Herts CC Recently Confirmed Orders
In the near future, this web page will be used to list recently confirmed orders for changes to the Rights of Way network. You can see the documents relating to these orders on the Hertfordshire website. This link takes you to an A to Z by parish of all documents relating to Rights of Way applications.
Thursday 21 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6.5 mile / 10.5 km walk
Thursday 21 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Friday 22 June 2018Starting at 18:45A leisurely 5 mile / 8.1 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 5 mile / 8 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 12 mile / 19.3 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Starting at 13:30A leisurely 7 mile / 11.3 km walk
Saturday 23 June 2018Meeting at 09:00, Starting at 09:30A strenuous 22 mile / 35.4 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 10:00A leisurely 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 09:30A moderate 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Meeting at 09:30, Starting at 10:00A moderate 9 mile / 14.5 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 6 mile / 9.7 km walk
Sunday 24 June 2018Starting at 10:00A moderate 14 mile / 22.5 km walk
Saturday 22 September 2018Festival