Today, Secret Cottage had a new path laid.
As you can see from the photograph, the Cotswold limestone chippings look beautiful in the wild garden.
And you’ll be able to see it for yourself if you book your tour of the Cotswolds through us!
Cotswold stone has a fascinating history. It’s a yellow limestone that dates from the Jurassic period – about 150 million years ago. It’s hard to believe that this area was once below sea level and dinosaurs roamed over the land.
It is said to be some of the most beautiful and durable building materials to be found throughout the world. We certainly agree!
This stone is still being quarried today to be used for repair and new construction.
Taking a tour of the Cotswolds you’ll notice that not only is this beautiful stone used for our famous traditional honey coloured houses and buildings, but it’s used for dry stone walls that divide fields and provide boundaries between properties too.
Dry stone walling is still carried out by craftsmen and you can even sign up for courses to learn how to do it yourself. A course would make a unique gift for someone who loves history or traditional crafts.
And of course, these limestone chippings are perfect for paths as our photo shows!
As it’s such a durable material, a path like ours will last for years as it will resist wind and water erosion. But it’s worth noting that if you use gravel around plants, you keep it away from acid-loving plants.
Another great use for these chippings is around outdoor seating areas as an alternative to a deck or porch and around fence posts as it helps to suppress weeds.
Well it might not be the yellow brick road, we’re sure some magical things will be happening on our new pathway. Why not book your tour of the Cotswolds and find out for yourself?