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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

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.

Hiking Weather

10 Day Forecast for The Broomway

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Mostly cloudy with rain at times.

This Evening and Tonight:

A good deal of cloud through this evening and overnight with outbreaks of rain spreading to much of the region, some of this perhaps heavy for a time. Minimum Temperature 11C.

Wednesday:

It will be a predominantly cloudy day, with some patchy, mainly light rain at times. Perhaps the odd brighter interlude in the south where it could feel warm. Maximum Temperature 16C.

Outlook for Thursday to Saturday:

Thursday cloudy with some showery rain in places. Rain or showers clearing Friday and becoming windy. Saturday very windy at times with further heavy rain or showers.

Day 6 to 15

Next Sunday will likely see an unsettled start, with wet weather clearing to the east, leaving a mix of sunshine and blustery showers for the rest of the day. The following week looks set to remain unsettled, with further periods of wet and windy weather, especially in the north and west. However, it is possible that there will be some longer spells of drier and brighter weather in between, most likely across the southeast. This may lead to more settled conditions towards the end of the month, although there remains some uncertainty. Temperatures will vary around normal through Sunday and Monday, before becoming slightly warmer through the rest of next week. There is an increased risk of chilly nights in any more settled spells.

Day 16 to 30

As we head into the start in November, a changeable pattern is most likely at first bringing spells of wet and windy weather, interspersed with some drier and brighter interludes. The most unsettled weather is likely across the north and west, with the south and east often drier and brighter. These drier conditions may become more prolonged as we head through the first week of November, bringing an increased chance of frost and fog overnight. However, the northwest may remain more unsettled, leading to a more general northwest/southeast split by mid month, with the wettest and windiest weather in the northwest. Temperatures are likely to stay close to normal, although it may be colder than normal where settled spells are prolonged.

Met Office : EE : 2017-10-17T14:46:03