These want to be as direct as possible from point A to point B otherwise you’ll start to cut corners over the edges of the cultivated beds and compact the soil.
Make the paths of a practical width, its difficult enough to manoeuvre a full wheelbarrow with out having to do it down a narrow uneven path.
Don’t scrimp on the number of paths you make, it may seem that half the plot is given over to walk ways but if it makes your tending of the veg bed easier then your more likely to do it, making the crop more productive.
If the plot has any shaded area this can be utilised for the the placement of things such as sheds, compost bins and leafmould containers.
When situating your shed leave sufficient room for the positioning of water butts to collect rain off the roof, and if possible allow for access to all four sides for maintenance.
The compost area should be big enough for three large compost bins,one ready to use,one rotting down and one ready to fill. Arrange them so you have room to easily load and unload a wheelbarrow.
If having fences/hedges around each plot is the order of the day on your site, try to use these as productive parts of the growing area. Think about using rambling fruit, such as Blackberry or Loganberry. These not only look better than chain-link or wooden fences but also give you a crop.
Traditionally an allotment plot was one, possibly two large growing areas with long regimented straight rows of veg and when this is done well it is stunning. Crops were tended using planks to walk on between the rows, so not to compact the soil.
In recent times more and more allotment holders are are adopting a strip or raised bed lay out. Each bed is approx 4ft (1.2m) wide with a small path on either side. this allows you to reach into the middle of the bed to plant or sow, eliminating the need to walk on the soil.