Gravel for Paths, Driveways and External Spaces

Gravel is a wonderfully versatile landscaping product and when you are designing, updating and installing materials in your outdoor area, gravel shouldn’t be overlooked. From traditional Cotswold Chippings to the more extrovert Cheshire Pink and Flamingo Gravel, there’s a perfect gravel solution.

With a commercial or DIY project, these are primary considerations:

  • Budget.
  • Functionality.
  • Aesthetic appeal.
  • Lifespan and durability.
  • Personality, image and style of the scheme.
  • The existing garden planting and landscaping materials.
  • Maintenance levels.
  • Expertise requirements.
  • Time demands.
  • Drainage efficiency.
  • Ancillary products that aid product performance. E.g. Marropave framework/weed matting/granite sett edging.

Helpfully, gravel is…

  • Attractive.
  • Cost effective.
  • In different size options.
  • Supplied in a variety of textures and colours.
  • Durable, representing value for money.
  • Easy to install.
  • Low maintenance.
  • Has flexible uses.
  • Functional.
  • Available in local products and those from further afield.
  • Acts as a backdrop or an eye-catching feature.
  • Delivers grip underfoot or wheel.

Gravel for paths can easily be extended to:

  • Driveways
  • Outdoor kitchen/barbeque spaces.
  • Party/entertaining areas.
  • Mulch over flowerbeds and borders.
  • Cover manhole covers.
  • As features.
  • Surround features.
  • Around ponds.

Path installation is as easy as 1,2,3

  1. Prepare the ground for the gravel for paths.
  2. It is strongly recommended that weed control matting is laid over the ground.
  3. Install the gravel over the matting. This can be loose or in a framework like Marropave’s product which holds the gravel in pods.

Leading gravel and landscaping materials suppliers including Rivar Sand and Gravel in Tadley, Windlesham and Newbury proudly stock locally quarried gravels:

Moonstone Gravel: 

  • Comprised of Thames Valley Flint.
  • Is quarried in the Thatcham and Newbury areas.
  • 10mm and 20mm sizes.
  • Black, white, brown and grey chippings. (10mm=less brown.)
  • Angular, aids grip in icy weather.
  • Durable.
  • 10mm and 20mm gravel bulk bags, half bulk bags or loose.

South Cerney Gravel:

  • Semi rounded buff stones.
  • 20-5mm and 10mm sizes.
  • Gravel bulk bags, half bulk bags and loose.
  • Less prone to flip or wedge in to tyres than some gravels.
  • Robust.

Flamingo Gravel

  • 20mm angular chips.
  • Blue, white, green and pink gravel mix.
  • Quartz content offers shine.
  • Less suitable for driveways than some other gravels.
  • 10mm and 20mm gravel bulk bags, half bulk bags or loose.

White Dolomite

  • 10mm stunning white gravel.
  • Contains quartz so it sparkles.
  • Not recommended for use around ponds.
  • Perfect for monochrome design schemes.
  • Bulk bags, half bulk bags and loose stock.

Cotswold Chippings

  • 20mm chippings.
  • Angular and buff-yellow.
  • Traditional and elegant.
  • Cotswold Chippings are slightly crumbly.
  • Available in 20mm gravel bulk bags,half bulk bags or loose.

Old English Chippings may be described by some suppliers as Cotswold Buff but these are not true Cotswold Chippings. They are angular and robust but not necessarily locally quarried.

Gravel suppliers can advise clients accurately about the amount of gravel that’s required. As a guide, one tonne of chippings or gravel covers an area of approximately twelve metres squared when it’s laid at a depth of 1.5 to 2 inches.

Ask an expert gravel supplier for more details about your choices and the labour saving advantages.

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