Mulch keeps your feet relatively clean and though it eventually rots down, it only needs topping up once a year. Remember that paths of loose material are only suitable for level ground.
You'll need (for a 13-metre path, 1-metre wide):
One cubic metre eucalyptus mulch
26 metres treated pine edging
22 hardwood pegs
20 timber rounds or concrete or stone stepping stones
1. First, plan your route. A curved path looks more natural, but too many curves in a short distance are irritating! (We curved our path around and between trees.) Lay a hose where the edge of the path will be. When it looks smooth and sweeping, draw a line in the dirt.
2. Dig out the path route to a depth of 75mm. Lay lengths of treated pine garden edging along each side of the hollow, securing them every 1200mm by hammering in a hardwood peg next to the timber. So the edging follows the curves without breaking, make vertical sawcuts partway through the timber. You can even cut out notches to fit the edging over tree roots.
3. Stepping stones give a firmer footing on your path - use timber rounds, concrete or stone slabs. Position them in place on firm, levelled ground so they don't move when stepped on. Make sure their upper surface will be level with the surface of the mulch.
4. Dump the mulch into the excavated path and rake it level.