Practical Trail Surface Construction and Repair

Course Aim:

To equip learners with the necessary skills and knowledge to undertake practical trail construction and maintenance works on trails.  

Course Topics:

  • Site & Hazard Awareness
  • Basic path building Techniques (including reversal trails, bench cutting, turnpike construction)
  • Construction of timber and stone water bars and drains
  • Step Construction using timber and stone
  • Building bog-bridges
  • Use of Ecogrid/cellular surfacing

Courses will be ran over 1 day and combine classroom and practical sessions. Course sizes will be capped at 16 to ensure maximum benefit is received by participants.

Learning Outcomes:

On completion of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the main types of trail surface damage and the main causes
  • Discuss the application of what they have learned to establishing maintenance programmes
  • Demonstrate a range of essential techniques (inc. water management/drainage, steep ground/step construction, wet ground/path techniques) to minimise and repair trail surface damage
  • Demonstrate an awareness of risks and mitigation measures associated with trail maintenance operations.

Target Audience:

The course is suitable for anybody with an interest in trails and the outdoors but will be of particular interest to:

  •  CE Schemes, RSS and Tus supervisors and staff
  • Local Authority staff
  •  Forestry staff
  • Trail management committee members
  •  Volunteers and other persons likely to be working on trail maintenance.
Unimproved trail 2

This course is very hands on and practical which suited me better as I learn much better by doing things. Got to demonstrate and practice developing reversal trails, bench cutting and turnpike construction which were all very useful. 

Practical Trail Surface Construction and Repair