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An average distance is 36 inches from the center of one stone to the center of the next stone, Ayers says. The gaps between stones should usually be no more than 4 inches. The actual distance may differ depending on who the path is for: A tall, athletic person, for example, will likely have a different stride length than someone more petite.
A meandering garden path, however, can be much narrower, as the intention is for guests to follow it to discover what lies ahead. “If you want someone to linger,” says Ayers, “curve the path around focal points, like a tree, boulder or berm of land. The most engaging paths curve around points of interest rather than arbitrarily twist and turn.”