There’s a good reason why so many of our nation’s roadways are paved with concrete: it is the most durable, economical, and environmentally-friendly of all pavement options. Departments of Transportation and Municipalities choose concrete because it delivers high performance at a low life-cycle cost, and this is something to consider for paths as well.
Concrete has also been the building material of choice in landscaping for heavily-used urban and garden paths, footpaths in country parks, rural trails and other recreation areas, and riverside paths. It is an easier material to use than Tarmac or asphalt, with a color that is usually more sympathetic to rural settings. Pervious concrete is ideal for sections of path which cannot be drained, or which are subject to stream/river erosion.