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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

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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 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.

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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Broomway warning sign on Foulness Island

Broomway warning sign on Foulness Island

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Path to Shelford Head on Foulness Island

Path to Shelford Head on Foulness Island

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The Broomway at Asplins Head on Foulness ISland

The Broomway at Asplins Head on Foulness ISland

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The quay on Foulness Island

The quay on Foulness Island

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Foulness Island from the quay

Foulness Island from the quay

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Foulness Island from the quay

Foulness Island from the quay

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Foulness Heritage Centre

Foulness Heritage Centre

The heritage centre occupies the old school house. The school closed in 1988.

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Fishermans Head, Foulness Island

Fishermans Head, Foulness Island

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Fishermans Head, Foulness Island

Fishermans Head, Foulness Island

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Old military shells at Fishermans Head, Foulness Island

Old military shells at Fishermans Head, Foulness Island

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Houses on Foulness Island

Houses on Foulness Island

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Oldest brick house on Foulness Island

Oldest brick house on Foulness Island

Although it has seen better day! The building is Grade II listed.

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Derelict barn on Foulness Island

Derelict barn on Foulness Island

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The church on Foulness Island

The church on Foulness Island

The church is now disused and derelict. I believe it closed in 2008. The spire leans slightly as it is suffering subsidence.

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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The former George and Dragon pub, Foulness Island

The former George and Dragon pub, Foulness Island

The pub closed in 2007.

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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Footpath on Foulness Island

Footpath on Foulness Island

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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