Surface layer

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The choice of path surface should be based on a range of criteria, including the expected users and the terrain. The available budget will probably constrain the options, but it is important to think about the ongoing maintenance cost of different surface types to determine their ‘whole-life cost’. Do not assume that a highly specified path surface such as a bound surface e.g. bitmac will be totally maintenance free. They do need inspecting and some planned, routine maintenance during their useable lifes.

This section looks at different path surface types to consider when designing a new path, or replacing or upgrading an existing surface:

In addition, information about the issues to consider when selecting a surface type to be used by equestrian users are provided here.

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