Hand tamping is damn hard work so get a 'whacker' unless you really can't or fancy a killer tricep workout spread over several days. I did it on a 5m² path and the results were less than ideal, though that might have been down to me getting sloppy at the end of the job.
Check out paving expert website if you haven't already, there's so much good info on there. I believe making the fall with the sub-base is ok.
Thanks for your replies! Check out some hire and I'm going to save my upper body and hire a whacker plate.
@Silly_Savage those calculators are dead useful, trying to work out my sand/cement amounts and it's still not quite clicking.
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