20 Brick Walkway Ideas from Around the World – Pictures
Traditional standard bricks can be used to build walkways, garden paths and sidewalks. When a masonry construction project comes to an end, excess materials are left on site, and these materials which often include bricks can be used for various outdoor projects such as walkways. Extruded hollow bricks as well as solid bricks are both suitable for building a walkway. However, when using extruded hollow bricks, you have to lay them on the smaller edge so that the hollow sides are in the vertical plane. Solid bricks should be laid normally with the wider edge in the horizontal plane.
All types of standard bricks – clay, sand lime, concrete and engineering bricks can be used to build a walkway. The following are some of the most common standard bricks used in masonry building:
USA – 203 x 92 x 57mm (ASTM)
UK – 215 x 102.5 x 65mm
Australia – 230 x 110 x 76mm
India – 190 x 90 x 90mm
South Africa – 222 x 106 x 73mm
Metric Norman – 290 x 57 x 90mm
Norman – 293 x 57 x 92mm
A brick walkway foundation is similar to pavers. To build a brick walkway, start by clearing the ground – remove all grass, vegetation, bushes and rubbish and debris along the path. Set out the path on the ground using stringlines and stakes. Excavate and strip away topsoil up to a maximum depth of 150mm. Dump excavated material in spoil heaps on site for later use. Level and compact the excavated surface up to 95% Modified ASSHTO Density, breaking down oversized material and evenly distributing the excavated material on the surface, adding suitable material where necessary, filling holes and depressions. Apply some soil insecticide on excavated surfaces. Depending on the type of soil and its strength, you can add a layer of hardcore material (gravel) if the soil is weak. This hardcore layer must compacted to 98% Modified ASSHTO Density. If the subgrade is sufficiently firm and well compacted, there is no need to add a hardcore layer. Add and spread a 50mm thick layer of sand over the compacted surface and level off the sand using a runner board. Over this levelled sand, you can start laying your bricks in a preferred pattern e.g. herringbone, stretcher bond, basket weave and so on. Once you are done, sweep some sand into the joints between the bricks.
The following are some of the brick walkways, garden paths and sidewalks that you might like. Take into account how the walkway blends with or contrasts beautifully with the surrounding landscape, lawn, plants and shrubs.
A beautiful curved brick walkway with a maroon bricks laid in two rows, passing through a sand/pebble landscape. This brick garden path is found inside the Nafanny Spa yard in Noord, Aruba island. Look at how the path forms a beautiful contrast with the sand/pebble ground. This is how it should be.
The same maroon brick walkway inside the Nafanny Spa garden, passing through a well manicured lawn with dwarf spruce trees. The contrast is amazing and beautiful to the eye. Walkway bricks are laid in horizontal stretcher bond.
House in Sandringham Village England
Brick driveway made of brown/tan bricks in the front yard of a house.
Tartu Guest Apartments, Lutsu 12, Tartu, Estonia
A concrete brick pavement next to a cobblestone street on Lutsu 12, Tartu, Estonia. The concrete bricks are laid in stretcher bond and bounded by a smooth precast concrete kerb.
The Prime Spot Catering, Victorian Era Bread and Breakfast, 54 Church Street, Worcester Central, South Africa
A rustic brick walkway with bricks arranged in basket weave pattern. This backyard garden looks vintage with its rough path, old wooden gate, faded wall and climbing vines.
Cinnamon Lodge, Habarana, Sigiriya, Matale, Sri Lanka
A rustic brick walkway made of red bricks laid in basket weave pattern and joined with cement mortar. The walkway is bounded by precast concrete kerbs on both sides. The precast concrete kerbs have a dark worn-out look.
A Hundred Thousand Welcomes B&B, 94 First Street, Parkmore, South Africa
A garden walkway with tan and brown bricks laid in stretcher bond around a curve. The edging is a rowlock header course also known as a horizontal stack bond.
The tan brown brick paving is seen around an oval pool with circumference light lamps switched on at night.
The Library House B&B, 11 Severn Bank, Ironbridge, Telford, UK
Light textured bricks with maroon, light pink and grey colour scheme used to pave the courtyard and streets.
The brick paving has a worn-out look with dark and light stains in the light pink to grey range. It looks fantastic, blending well with the surrounding architecture, as it matches the buildings made of face brick walls. Shrubs, flowers and vines grow inside planters, adding a touch of natural green in this traditional vintage brick village.
Canal Time House Mandurah (Holiday Home), 71 Coolibah Avenue, Mandurah, Western Australia
A home driveway made of white stained red bricks, arranged in herringbone pattern also known as staggered pattern.
Nillo’s Guesthouse, 2420 Tutungeni, Rundu, Namibia
The front yard of a guesthouse paved with red bricks, arranged in herringbone pattern. Red is the overall architectural and landscaping theme with the office, guesthouse and boundary walls matched with the same colour.
Ijmuiden, Noord Holland
A concrete brick pavement laid in horizontal stretcher bond inside a village mall in Ijmuiden, Noord Holland.
Dartans, Liandudno, United Kingdom
Red clay bricks laid in herringbone pattern in the front yard of a house in Dartans, Liandudno, UK. The pavement is bounded by concrete brick kerbs, separating walkways and the lawn.
Salem God’s Acre Cemetery, Old Salem, Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA
A stylish walkway with an alternating range of flashed burgundy bricks stained with dark, white and grey shades. It’s a beautiful worn-out imitation with bricks laid in stretcher bond.
Grand Promenade, Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas, USA
A wide brick walkway in the forest park of Grand Promenade, Hot Springs, Arkansas. Dull textured red bricks are arranged in basket weave pattern also known as parquet pattern. A white brick line marking divides the path in two sections, curving around the stone pillar.
The splendid brick walkway in the dense green forest is very wide, red bricks are laid in basket weave pattern and the decorative lines are made of tan bricks. The forest garden path is bounded by rounded brick kerbs on both sides.
The patterned brick walkway passing by the side of a gentle slope covered with well maintained lawn. A scenic landscape for those who love taking a nature walk in a quiet secluded place.
A garden path through the shrubs and small gate. The brick path has a dirty worn-out look, with small bricks laid in stretcher bond. Flashed bricks with a burnt dark look were used and the white chalk efflorescence might have formed naturally. Alternatively, this might just be an old red brick walkway that has been blemished by weather elements over time.
Jardines de San Juan (Mexican Restaurant), 115 Third Street, San Juan Bautista, California
A brick courtyard with Georgian burgundy bricks laid in fan style with a circular rosette near the entrance.
Novasol Rental Home, Orbanici Village, Croatia
The front courtyard of a 3.5 star rental home in Orbanici Village. The courtyard is paved with red bricks laid in stretcher bond and the driveway is paved with grey rectangular stone blocks laid in Hollard double standard/half standard combination. In this pattern, square blocks are used. The bigger block is two times the width of the small block, and four times bigger in area.
Alton, Hampshire, England
This old brick walkway in an antique garden is found in a historic English village in Anton, Hampshire. The red brick path in the front yard of the old house was laid in stretcher bond and decorated with concrete slabs in diamond pattern.
Cobble Half-Brick Walkway
This beautiful courtyard shows what you can do with half-bricks of various colours and textures. Bricks are arranged in a circular rosette pattern. Wheatstone bricks form the light coloured lines, highlighting the circular nature of the pattern, and coloured bricks ranging from red to burgundy/burnt pitch black form the overall background of the paving. Inside the lawn, trees are surrounded by a rectangular cobble brick bed.
Cobble Brick Paving
Another half-brick cobble paving using a range of bricks from Wheatstone to burgundy. The multi coloured paving has half-bricks laid in circular rosette pattern and the arc has full bricks laid in rowlock header course also known as a horizontal stack bond.