BHS Hertfordshire were celebrating today when an Inspector confirmed the existence of a restricted byway in the Sandridge and Hatfield parishes.
Phil Wadey, one of the BHS access officers for the area applied for the route to be recorded in 2010. The County Council agreed with the application and made an order to record the path in 2012. Following objections, the order was referred to the Planning Inspectorate to determine. After reviewing the papers and conducting a site visit, the Inspector agreed that the documentary evidence showed that this was a historic road.
Recording our ancient highways is vitally important to the work of The British Horse Society before rights are lost on the cut off day, 1 January 2026.
The British Horse Society is committed to protecting and preserving the equestrian off-road network. However, there’s only so much we and our volunteers can do – we need your help! Working together we can ensure that routes used by horses in the past are accurately recorded and reinstated as safe off-road routes to ride and carriage drive according to the evidence.
For more information please visit the BHS Countdown to 2026 page.