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 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

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

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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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

18-May-14 • JonCombe on Flickr

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Path to Shelford Head 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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A bright or sunny evening. Intermittent drizzle overnight.

This Evening and Tonight:

Warm, bright or sunny this evening, but cloud will increase overnight with misty conditions. A few spots of drizzle are possible later. Humid overnight with light westerly winds. Minimum Temperature 15C.

Tuesday:

Rather cloudy with limited brightness during the morning, but most places dry. Cloud will break later with warm or very warm afternoon and evening sunshine. Mainly light winds. Maximum Temperature 24C.

Outlook for Wednesday to Friday:

Warm, very warm sunshine on Wednesday morning, then cloudier later with some rain. Dry on Thursday and Friday with sunny spells and feeling fresher or pleasant in light northwesterly breeze.

Day 6 to 15

Saturday and Sunday will both be largely fine and dry days across much of the UK with plenty of warm sunshine in store. However it is likely to turn cloudier and breezier across northwestern parts with some outbreaks of rain possible at times, particularly on Sunday. During the last week of the month dry, fine and sometimes very warm weather is expected to continue in southern and central parts and this fine, settled weather is also expected for much of the week across northern parts of the country too. However, from time to tim conditions will become unsettled and generally cooler in the northwest with short-lived spells of rain or showers possible along with stronger winds.

Day 16 to 30

Although confidence is low as we head into July, early indications are that the first half of the month may well bring a good deal of dry and settled weather across the UK, particularly in southern and eastern parts, where temperatures are expected to be warm, and sometimes very warm. Northern and western areas are more likely to see changeable spells with showers and more persistent rain at times. During these changeable spells temperatures will be close to average for the time of year, but there will be some drier and warmer interludes here too.

Met Office : EE : 2018-06-18T14:33:19