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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

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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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SWC Free Walk 166, 'The Broomway', 1/9/13.

This was the first group walk that this walker has done in this series of recordings, and the reason for that is that it's highly recommended! This is a short walk of around 6 miles, three of which are across the notorious shifting sands of 'The Broomway', so called as the path was originally marked out by brooms. It is this latter section where it is best to use a guide, though it could be done without one with careful attention to the coastline and tide, and with good weather. The walk starts at Churchend's Hertiage Centre, which is a former school, passes the now defunct church and pub, on through the village and then crosses some rather bland agricultural and military land. Three miles later, and the walkers arrive at Asplins Head for the walk across the sands. Three miles later, at Wakering Stairs, a waiting coach transports the group back to the Heritage Centre for tea. Wellington boots are recommended, but it could also be done in walking boots with gaiters, or even barefoot, as some did, though with caution.


Last updated : Jun-17