Sometimes your backyard is just a litter box for a pet or a romping ground for a child. Sometimes it's a place of tranquility that aids in releasing your your tensions after a long day of work. Whatever your backyard is used for, Most people do something more with it than just let it be a mowing ground.
My wife and I live next to a park that is adjacent to our rear fence. There are times when the weather makes the backyard less than desirable to walk through. With a young child and frequent visits to the park, we decided to build a walkway.
A pathway is a great way to add value, both aesthetically and financially. But it is your backyard. Don't build a path that you will hate, you will regret or that doesn't make sense to you. Now let's talk about what you'll need.
Step 1: Tools, Tools, Tools,...some advil and a bed.
Regardless of the style of walkway you build, you will want the following:
Shovel, Round Point
Depending on the type of walkway you may need:
Wood for forms, i.e. 2 x 4s
Sand Plate aka compactor