The Broomway warning notice

The Broomway warning notice

The Broomway is a tidal byway out to Foulness Island over Maplin Sands at the mouth of the Thames estuary. The route is so called because it used to be marked by branches of Broom placed at regular intervals on the route. However these have long since gone and the path is now unmarked. The path is dangerous because the tide comes in as fast as you can run and there are quick sands and mud in places if you stray off the route. Foulness Island itself is part of a firing range and most of it is "out of bounds" to the public with the exception of the south east corner of the island, which has a couple of villages and farms. The only road to the island can only be used by MOD permit holders, so the only way for the public to reach the island is by boat or by walking the Broomway.

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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The Broomway at Wakering Stairs

The Broomway at Wakering Stairs

The start of the Broomway as it heads out onto Maplin Sands.

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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The Broomway at Wakering Stairs

The Broomway at Wakering Stairs

Heading out onto the Broomway at Wakering Stairs over the mud flats of Mapin Sands.

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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The Broomway on Maplin Sands

The Broomway on Maplin Sands

View out over the vast expanse of mud and sand of the Thames estuary at low tide from the Broomway. The object on the horizon is a wrecked boat.

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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The Broomway on Maplin Sands

The Broomway on Maplin Sands

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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Asplins Head

Asplins Head

The jetty onto Foulness Island at Asplins Head.

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Broomway warning sign on Foulness Island

Broomway warning sign on Foulness Island

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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The Broomway and Foulness Island walk

Fabled tidal road off the coast off Essex across Maplin Sands to Foulness Island.

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The route for this walk is available in 2 formats.

for most handhelds and apps, including Orux, Locus and Backcountry Navigator

for Maps.me

How to use GPS data

The Android and iPhone apps, and GPS devices like the Satmap 20, work while you are out walking as the maps are stored on your device, i.e. they don't use 'data', and you don't need a signal (in practise, even with 4G, you will rarely have a signal while out walking.)

Orux Maps

£2.60 Recommended

Orux Maps is a cheap Android map app. Use it with OpenStreetMap mapping (free). How to do this.

Its a bit over-complicated to use. There is a free version on the Oruxmaps website.

Maps.me

free Recommended

Maps.me is a free Android and iPhone app. It uses OpenStreetMap maps, which are also free.

Easy to use. Works with our KML files.

Anquet OMN

£24/year Good

Anquet OMN is an Android and iPhone map app with an annual subscription. It comes with OS 1:25K and OS 1:50K mapping for Great Britain. Use discount code SWC20 at checkout for 20% off

Satmap Active 20

~ £480 Top of the Range

Satmap Active 20 is a dedicated, rugged, waterproof, walker's GPS device. £480 for GPS device and OS 1:50K mapping for Great Britain, or £680 with 1:25K.

Good but very expensive

OS Maps

£20/year Not yet mature

OS Maps Online - a website for planning routes, and an android/iPhone app with OS 1:25K and 1:50K mapping.

The app wasn't yet mature last time I tried it.

This Website (and many others)

free Planning only

Use a website, e.g. this one, for viewing OS or OpenStreetMap maps (free).

Requires web access, so cannot be used out walking.

Other Options

Locus and Backcountry Navigator are other popular map apps.

Hikesmith - new iPhone App by a London based developer

Bing Maps Aerial Imagery - view the route with low altitude photos.

Prices Updated: Mar 18