Thursday, 25 February 2010

How to build a boule pitch

We run a gîte (self-catering accommodation) near Dinan in Brittany. See our web site here.

Our guests have access to our boule pitch and they all seem to enjoy the game very much. Often guests go home and decide to build a pitch. Here are the instructions we give them:

Choose a flat area 3 to 4 meters (9 to 13 feet) wide and about 12 meters (39 feet) long. Dig a big hole 12m x 3m x 50cm deep. It should take about 2 days with a spade or half a day with a digger! Line the hole with plastic; pierce it with a garden fork for drainage or use landscape fabric. Half fill the hole with pea gravel, 3 – 4 tons should be enough. Level it off. Then fill the rest with, 2 – 3 tons of coarse sand. Use a heavy roller to flatten and compact it. Then your boule pitch is ready for action!! Invite friends and show them how to play!

As you can see from the photo we have nice neigbours who saw poor Chris digging with his spade. They came back with their tractor to help! How kind!

To find out how to play boules see this link here.

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