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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Early light rain clearing overnight. Often sunny on Monday.

This Evening and Tonight:

Cloud and intermittent rain will clear around midnight, then dry and largely clear later in the night. Becoming chilly in the northerly breeze later as temperatures fall. Minimum Temperature 4C.

Monday:

A cold start. Dry and often sunny during the day, but cloud may begin to increase later. Feeling fresher in sometimes brisk northerly winds. Maximum Temperature 13C.

Outlook for Tuesday to Thursday:

Dry through the period with variable cloud and sunny spells. Feeling pleasantly warm, especially in sheltered areas as winds ease. Sometimes brisk northwesterly winds on Tuesday.

Day 6 to 15

Much colder weather will establish itself across all parts by the end of Friday. The cold feel will be exacerbated by strong northerly winds, touching gale force in parts of the north and northeast. These will blow in plenty of showers, turning wintry, especially across the high ground of northern Britain, but perhaps to lower levels at times in the far north. Widespread overnight frost is likely, with icy stretches where showers have occurred. Then becoming drier from the northwest into the following week, although spells of rain could affect the east and southeast for a time, before a more generally changeable pattern develops as we move into November. Generally staying on the cold side with further overnight frost.

Day 16 to 30

The weather looks changeable and windy at times with bands of rain or showers, interspersed with drier, quieter spells. The wettest and windiest weather is most likely across parts of the north, with perhaps some snow at times over the mountains. Towards the middle of the month, there are signs that high pressure may become more dominant to the north, bringing more generally settled conditions here, but with a greater incidence of overnight frost and fog. Meanwhile, more changeable weather may remain dominant across the south, with some rain here at times, although with any milder spells being short-lived.

Met Office : EE : 2018-10-21T15:18:35