Suddenly the darkness about him glowed; a furnace fire had shot up on the mountain, and for a moment the little world of the woodside and the steep hill shone in a pale light, and he thought he saw his path beaten out in the turf before him.

It's from Arthur Machen's Hill of Dreams. I didn't quite understand what it means to "his path beaten out in the turf"


He looked at the turf (grass) in front of him, and thought he could see it flattened, as if by feet which had passed before, in a way which suggested a trail or path that he should follow.

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    Just as an addendum: this is formed off the expression: beaten path. – Lambie Mar 4 at 23:03

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