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Southend-On-Sea, Essex: Popular Routes

Explore the most popular routes near Southend-On-Sea and be inspired by detailed descriptions, reviews and pictures.
The Broomway, Maplin Sands
# 3 - The Broomway, Maplin Sands
Southend-on-Sea, Essex, England
Length: 12.7 km • Est. 3 h 12 m
The Broomway is an off-world public right of way that connects Foulness Island to mainland Britain. When the wind is weak, the large shallow pools of seawater can reflect the sky and the horizon line can disappear, causing the distant container ships to float in their place. Despite its wonder and beauty, the broomway has many hidden dangers that make it unsuitable for those with no knowledge of tides or navigation. First, there is no actual path to follow; Formerly flanked by old broomsticks, the route now depends on your map and compass (or GPS) skills. If there is fog or mist, the area can quickly become disoriented in such poor visibility. There are other additional risks, such as sand subsidence, unexploded ordnance, and the notorious aggression of the wild tide. Unfortunately, the broomway has killed more than 100 people since the early 17th century, making it known as the "deadliest road in Britain" and shouldn't be underestimated. This trip proves to be one of the best and most unique in the south of England and continues to waver for those looking to explore the UK countryside and coastline. Show more