Last Modified: February 14, 2024

Golden Gravel

beauty and practicality

Close up of golden gravel

By Ben Parrot - Landscape Gardener & Amateur Geologist


Stone landscaping material and construction aggregate

Geological name(s):

Rock blends

Other Name(s):

Golden flint gravel, corn flint gravel, autumn gold gravel, Solent gold gravel, Solent gravel, corn gravel, golden shingle, golden flint gravel


Golden gravel, a staple in the world of decorative aggregates, is known for its distinctive colour and versatility in outdoor design. Also known as golden flint gravel, golden gravel is typically made from a combination of various types of stones and pebbles. The exact composition varies depending on the source and the specific supplier, but it commonly includes a mix of different coloured stones, such as golden, yellow, brown, and beige. The stones used are sourced from riverbeds, quarries, or gravel pits. They are typically rounded and smooth due to the natural erosion caused by water and weathering over time.

This encyclopaedia entry provides a thorough overview of golden gravel, a hardscaping material and construction aggregate. It details the product's specifications, accompanied by photographs, and outlines its benefits, applications, and incompatibilities as a landscaping material. Additionally, this entry serves as a gateway to a wealth of DIY resources, with a list of comparable alternatives, articles offering design inspiration and fundamental principles, and a collection of straightforward, step-by-step instructions for constructing your own hardscaping features.

Golden Gravel Specifications





fall safety





fish friendly

eco friendly



diy friendly


May be alkaline


Blend of quartz, granite, limestone, and flint


Golden, yellow, brown, and beige


Angular to sub-rounded

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Size Range

10mm-20mm (0.4"-0.8")

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Fall Safety

Unsuitable for play surfaces





Fish Friendly

Not generally

Golden gravel close up






May be alkaline



Golden garden path


Decorative aggregates like golden gravel offer numerous benefits for garden and landscape design. They provide excellent ground cover, reduce weed growth, and require minimal maintenance. Additionally, these aggregates are an eco-friendly option, often sourced from natural materials, and help in water conservation by reducing evaporation. Golden gravel enhances outdoor areas with its warm, natural tones, adding elegance to gardens, pathways, borders and driveways. Its shape offers excellent drainage, making it an ideal choice for areas prone to water logging.

  • Inhibits weeds
  • Improves drainage
  • Hard-wearing
  • Eco-friendly, sustainable
  • Low-maintenance
  • Moisture retention
  • Versatile all-rounder
  • pH alkaline
  • Quick space transformation
  • Unsafe for aquatic life
  • Root protection
  • Easy to lay


Golden flint gravel is particularly suited for driveways, paths, alpine gardens and as a top layer in flower beds due to its attractive colour and durability. Its natural golden hue complements traditional and contemporary designs, making it versatile for various landscaping projects.

In the following section, we list many common golden gravel uses, although it is not exhaustive. Wherever there is a hyperlink beside an item, an article from Outdoor Aggregates about the topic is available.

Gravel mulch planter with shrubs

Inspiration and Informational Articles

DIY-Friendly How-To Guides

Need to work out how many stone chippings your  project needs? Try our free gravel calculator.

Other Applications

Some other excellent applications for golden gravel include:

  • Base for terrace, patios or outdoor seating areas
  • Sub-base layers
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Unsuitable For

The following list represents the kinds of applications that golden gravel are not suitable for:

  1. 1
    Areas with fine plantings: If you have creepers or low-growing plants in your garden gravel can make it harder for these plants to thrive, as it may interfere with their root systems as they try to grow.
  2. 2
    Play surfaces
  3. 3
    Erosion control: On steep slopes or areas with significant inclines, the loose nature of the gravel can make it prone to movement which can be problematic on slopes.

Similar Alternatives to Golden Gravel

The following is a list of decorative aggregates which are alternatives to golden gravel. They may offer you a more suitable variation on the primary colour, a more economical option, or a close substitute for cases where the base material may be unsuitable for the project you are creating, e.g. limestone is not fish-friendly, where slate is.








red, black, white

10-20mm (0.4-0.8")



peach, pink, cream

16-32mm (0.7-1.3")



pink, grey


6-20mm (0.1-0.8")



white, grey, blue


5-20mm (0.2-0.8")





10-20mm (0.4-0.8")



Under £80







Gardening tools and a watering can

Golden gravel is generally low maintenance, especially when a heavy duty membrane is installed underneath to suppress weeds, with most work limited to raking and the occasional removal of debris. Over time, it may require topping up to compensate for displacement due to foot traffic or weathering. Occasional washing helps maintain its vibrant colour, especially in dusty environments or under leaf fall. Natural quarry materials also may have dust, which should be hosed off with water at the time of installation. For more on how to clean gravel, read our article: how to clean garden stones.

Purchasing Tips

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Consider the size and quantity required for your project when purchasing golden gravel. Where available, it is cost-effective to request a sample to assess the stone's colour and quality against your design requirements. Also, consider the size you'll need; for instance, golden gravel 20mm are typically used for driveways, while smaller 10mm golden gravel is better suited to footpaths. Due to the mechanical screening process, often golden gravel 20mm bulk bags include stones 10mm and 20mm in size. Therefore, if size is important, it's best to check with suppliers before buying a golden gravel bulk bag for your driveway.

Using our gravel calculator to get an unbiased estimate for your project needs is one of the best and easiest ways to get the right amount without the risk of shortfalls or over-spending - all you need is a few measurements of the space. Ordering in bulk bags is often more cost-effective than purchasing smaller size golden gravel bags (20kg). Also, always ensure you consider the delivery aspects, especially the vehicle access to the site.


How is flint created?

Flint is formed when microscopic silica particles in chalk or limestone beds are replaced over millions of years through a process called diagenesis. This process involves both the compaction of sediment and the mineralogical changes driven by the pressure and heat over geologic time, resulting in the hard, fine-grained quartz material known as flint.

What is golden gravel?

Golden gravel is a naturally occurring decorative aggregate, typically composed of quartzite, known for its golden colour and durability. It is commonly referred to as York Cream Gravel or Golden Pea Shingle and is often used in various landscaping and garden projects.

Does golden gravel fade?

Over time, golden gravel may slightly fade due to natural weathering and sunlight exposure, but it generally retains its colour well.

How much is Solent gold gravel per ton?

The price of golden gravel per ton varies, but it's generally considered mid-priced. It's advisable to check our website or with local suppliers for the most current prices.

How much does a gold gravel bulk bag typically cover?

The area covered by a bulk bag of golden gravel depends on factors such as gravel density and spreading depth. However, as a general guideline, a 1-tonne bulk bag of 20mm golden shingle with a particle size of 50mm (2 inches) can typically cover an area of approximately 10-12 square meters (108-129 square feet) when spread at a depth of 50mm (2 inches).

There are many other varieties of gravel available for your project. Check out them out!

About the author 

Ben Parrot is a landscape gardener and amateur geologist. He is the founder of Outdoor Aggregates, with the mission to create the first encyclopaedia for decorative aggregates. From natural stone through to decorative bark, these aggregates are critical to garden and landscape design, universally.

The problem: There isn't any place where all the different types of decorative landscaping materials and construction aggregates can be found, nor are the specifications of each type readily available. So, enriched by his extensive experience, and inspired by the timeless elegance and raw beauty of stone and rock, etched by nature's artistry over millennia, Outdoor Aggregates was born.