"Building Countryside Paths and Tracks" aims to introduce the reader to the methods required to construct rights of way, from knowing how to navigate a path's definitive line using a map and compass to the inclusion of footbridges across streams and rivers. A practical step-by-step guide to creating, repairing and restoring a path or track, this book also discusses important safety procedures, materials and tools. Although aimed primarily at somebody wishing to embark on a practical countryside career, this book is also an essential guide for anyone interested in the background of countryside maintenance. Furthermore, the projects herein can be used in garden projects or for agricultural purposes, and therefore are useful for all those involved in the maintenance of the countryside or landscape gardening. This work includes detailed advice on the constructions of: timber steps, stone steps; timber revetments; access gates, stone stiles, wooden stiles; footbridges; stone pitching; paths, waymarking and gabions.
Andy Radford is a countryside journalist and author and has been associated with the countryside scene for over twenty years. Having worked for the Peak District National Park Authority, then as a self-employed countryside contactor and advisor, he started writing in 1999. He now writes regularly for Country Smallholding magazine and this is his fifth book. Previous works for Crowood include A Guide to Dry Stone Walling and A Guide to Stock Fencing.