How To Build A Garden Path: Granite Setts And Cobbles Pathways

Find out how to build a garden path with granite setts & cobbles. Use this guide as a checklist of things to think about and plan before you start building.

How To Build A Garden Path: Granite Setts And Cobbles Pathways

Granite setts and cobbles pathways add both practicality and style to your garden. If you want to know how to build a garden path, use this guide as a checklist of things to think about and plan before you start building.

Why Build A Granite Sett And Cobble Pathways?

A path is usually the last thing you add to your garden and so is often given very little thought. And if you do think about it, you might only consider its practicality – how can I get from one side of the garden to the other in all weathers? But a garden path can be aesthetic too. 


When you think about adding a path to your garden, you should also consider how it looks. It should blend in with the landscape, and use materials that match your style, your area, and your house. 

Granite setts and cobbles can add a beautiful natural look to your garden path. They are a popular choice for building garden paths in the UK because of their durability and their style. Whether you use your garden as the place where you sit, eat, and enjoy a peaceful moment with nature, or if you use it as an outdoor space to play with your children. Granite setts, cobbles and cobblestones enhance the usefulness and beauty of this space. 


And because it adds style and functionality to your garden, your new path can also help to add value to your property. 

When built correctly with the right amount of planning, attention to detail, and the right materials, your path will become useful, stylish, and a good investment. So building your paths out of something like granite setts, cobbles and cobblestones is long-term investment because it adds style, practicality, and it will last for many years.


What To Consider When Building A Garden Path

When it comes to designing the best path for your garden, you need to think about the architectural and physical aspects of your space. You should keep in mind that your path should work seamlessly with the rest of the garden and not too jarring from the style of your house.

So when it comes to planning your garden path you should consider a few different factors. 


When designing a pathway you should take into account the colours that are already in the look of your property and garden. Landscape designers think that a path makes a garden come alive. Usually when they say that they mean alive with colour, because the colour of your path should and will contrast with the colour of your grass and plants. 

When you consider the colour you want from your path, you should bear in mind that artificial colours will age quick, which can make them look old and worn. But natural colours, like natural stone, will be timeless.

For this reason, granite setts are perfect for creating a timeless and natural pathway.


You need to consider how safe your path will be once you have built it. 

A pathway to your house gives easy access to provide stability and security in all weather. This is especially important if you have children and elder people who will often use your path. So the last thing you want to do is build your path out of a slippy material. 

Because Granite setts are durable, non-porous, and very resistant they are non-slip. It makes them perfect for building paths and other hard surfaces and structures. 


Next, consider the shape you want your path to be. For this, you need to think about the size of your garden and the style you want. 

You could have a path that is long a narrow S shape, that curves around your garden if you have a big garden. Or if you have limited space for a pathway, you can consider building a straight and narrow one, with the endpoint hidden to make your garden look longer. 

If you are more adventurous with style in your garden, you can use your new pathway to create visual illusions. You can shape your path around to reveal and conceal plants or sculptures as it moves through your garden. 

Another thing to consider here is use. We often advise keeping to a straight-line path or people will use shortcuts and step on planting and damaging it.



When it comes to choosing what material would be best for your path, you should think about several things: practicality, cost, maintenance, and safety.

  • A mown path requires maintenance and will get worn and muddy in trafficked areas. 
  • Mulch paths look aesthetically pleasing but will need topping up once a year. 
  • Gravel paths are very common and can be the cheaper option, but will again need to be renewed frequently.
  • A brick pathway can be a good solution as it won’t need to be topped up, but it can be tricky to get looking natural and the bricks can often break and need replacing.
  • A granite setts pathway with granite setts edging, is low maintenance and will never need to replaced. They have a natural and beautiful finish that will stand the test of time.


Types Of Granite Setts And Cobbles Pathways

Granite setts and cobbles are the perfect choices when you are building a garden path because they are durable, non-slip, and don’t need much maintenance. You also have a range of colours to choose from too, which are all natural and will stand the test of time. 

Black Granite Setts

Black granite setts are a popular choice for garden pavements and drives. The colour has connotations of elegance and nobility and will give a bold finish to your garden. 

Yellow Granite Setts 

Yellow granite setts have a softer look and will give a more natural finish for your path. Its is traditionally used for positive spaces as it has a soft and fresh look. 

Grey Granite Setts

Grey granite setts are the most popular. It often has notes of different shades, but is a neutral colour. It can complement other colours in your garden while contrasting with yellows and reds. Being colour neutral it is usually identified with tradition and considered timeless. 

What Size Cobblestones Will I Need For My Path?

A path doesn’t have to bear high loads, you don’t even need Granite setts 100x100x100. It will be sufficient to lay Granite setts 100x100x50 which is the most affordable size.

If you want a unique design, or combine them with Granite setts 200x100x50 to design different and creative layouts. You can also use 200x100x100 granite setts as edging stones to make the curbing or your path unique and engaging.

You can find all colours and sizes of Granite setts for sale and buy granite setts edging for your garden path here.

How To Build A Garden Path

Once you have made these decisions it is time to actually build your path. 

  1. Make sure there are no hidden pipes or cables under the ground where you want to lay your path
  2. Mark out your path using string
  3. Dig the area in between your string to the depth you need to make sure the top of your path is level with the ground
  4. Add hardcore using MOT or similar material. Make sure you compact this with a whacker plate so that it sits level
  5. Add a layer of damp sand and level out
  6. Lay your granite setts and cobblestones gently into the sand to create the look you desire
  7. Brush sand over the stones when you have laid them to fill in any gaps


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