Cambridgeshire County Council is responsible for defining – but not maintaining* – the footpaths and bridleways in the county.

Definitive public rights of way for Hatley, Cambridgeshire, 2016 - from map TL25SE.

Definitive public rights of way for Hatley, 2016 – from map TL25SE. Click for a lager version.

From time to time it updates and produces a new definitive map and statement of public rights of way for Cambridgeshire, which form the basis of the routes shown on the brilliant Ordnance Survey maps.  The current statement shows all changes made to public rights of way up to 15th September 2016.

The County Council has kindly provided us with an electronic copy of the three relevant sections of the map for Hatley:

There’s also a handy list of where each footpath / bridleway starts and finishes – Hatley list of paths.

And, usefully, historian and former Gamlingay resident Bernard O’Connor has some very detailed information about the Hatley footpaths (as well as those in Gamlingay and other local villages).

Rules and regs

The rules about riding / walking along footpaths and bridleways are quite simple:

  • Footpaths  You can walk along them but not ride a horse / pony or a bike / tandem / tricycle – neither can you lead a horse or push a bike etc along a footpath, although you can carry a bike.
  • Bridleways  You can walk and also ride a horse / pony and ride a bike / tandem / tricycle along them.

There’s more information about public rights of way on the County Council website.

Hatley’s grid references are:

TL 28257 50876
Latitude 52.141293
Longitude -0.127223

* Footpath maintenance is down to the landowner (and immediate neighbour if brambles etc are growing from his / her land).

Page checked / updated 28th October 2022.