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.
Shovel, Round Point
Depending on the type of walkway you may need:
Wood for forms, i.e. 2 x 4s
Sand Plate aka compactor