Walking The Most Dangerous Path In Britain

Tom Scott

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    The Broomway is surrounded on both sides by quicksand and deep, sucking mud. It has no markers and no guideposts. And if you mistime your walk, you won't outrun the tide. Oh, and it's in the middle of a Ministry of Defence firing range. But most of the time, if you want to visit Foulness Island, it's the only way.
    Thanks to Tom Bennett: www.tombennettoutdoors.co.uk/
    Filmed safely: www.tomscott.com/safe/
    Edited by Michelle Martin mrsmmartin
    Audio mix by Graham Haerther
    Christy (1922): "A high road in the sea", The Windsor Magazine, volume 56, p556
    MoD Shoeburyness Public Access Leaflet [PDF]: www.qinetiq.com/shoeburyness/-/media/3153cda9b4544222aaaa224ba88192a4.ashx

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    1. Tom Scott

      Meanwhile, in an alternate universe, an irresponsible version of me with a goatee is making a spectacular video that involves trying to outrace the tide on a motorbike, then getting arrested by military police.

      1. Stuuu Games

        What a shame.

      2. Jun Ian

        Would like to see that

      3. Datot


      4. Lewis of Aranda

        I actually wanna see that video too :)

      5. Daniel Bishop

        And in an *alternate* alternate universe, the MoD is conducting a live fire exercise on the island, and an even *more* irresponsible version of Tom is testing his ability to dodge machine gun bullets.

    2. Brandon Antonellis


    3. scrubby Bard

      Neglecting the brooms resulted in an increased cost for the tax payer today, thats good logic, especially in a country that is health and safety mad

    4. Random Experience

      We Americans walk this path on our way to school

    5. Mashroor Hasan Bhuiyan

      My parents' path to school was more dangerous than this.

    6. Wizkid490

      "In theory, you could take anything that's road legal onto it." And all of the Jeep owners started planning their summer vacations to Foulness island.

    7. IdlePit

      So what would the military do if I were to purchase a tank and drive it over to the island? Since tanks are road legal in the UK it shouldn't be a problem right?

    8. Parabalani

      This is like one of those swamps near Mordor

    9. Kylie Jones

      It’s like the tides, quicksand, and poor visibility weren’t enough. They had to go and add explosives.

    10. Gravity Skeptic

      Video idea: North of the Netherlands, and off the northwestern coast of Germany there is a group of inhabited islands, called the Frisian Islands. Most of these islands you can walk to with a guide. I suggest walk to Schiermonnikoog, since it is a nice Island with an interesting WW2 history.

    11. Riley Carpenter


    12. Robin Tanner

      2:10 No need to thank yourself, I doubt there's much there of interest anyway.

    13. Alex

      “The brooms were swept away”.... hehe

    14. Andrew Kerr

      As a small child, around 5yrs old I was "helping" my Mum in the garden. There was a large green bush and I was trying to say "bush", but kept mispronouncing it as "brush". My Mum kept correcting me each time until eventually I got the pronunciation correct. I must have already known that "bush" was a generic word, because next I asked my Mum what the bush was called. My mum then had to explain that the bush, which wasn't a brush was in fact called broom!

    15. Heidi Bird Music

      wow, thanks for this info! Foulness has been on my weekend trip list as I thought I'd just drive there. Guess I'll take it off. One less item, and I didn't even have to go through the bother of visiting.

    16. baz carter

      Weirder is talking to a ML when there's no mountains around!

    17. Zack Jenkins

      We need a collaboration with Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond, and James May and drive some stuff through

    18. Coco

      Tom: "I had a guide!" The guide: 🖕

    19. Null

      Tom: “Thanks Tom!” Tom: “No problem, Tom”

    20. Daniel Veti

      Looks like the most depressing path in our country.

    21. Dormhauser4

      5 minutes of Tom Scott videos are longer than other 5 minutes.

    22. Alwayslg

      Of course he’s also called Tom.

    23. Aldon Dekock

      The spiffy pentagon individually scrape because samurai principally cheat aside a curious shadow. wakeful, incompetent pilot

    24. L&R II

      *cycles along the path*

    25. Collin Rosenberg


    26. OkamioftheRinnegan

      British military: Some of you may die, but it's a sacrifice I am willing to make

    27. woozle

      It sounds like where the Famous 5 went. That one time.

    28. Saba Kobakhidze

      A hovercraft

    29. Pepe Sylvia

      I thot it were london's east end

    30. trigtendo

      i live in southend, very close to foulness, and once every few months (including today) you can hear the military testing shells and even though i’m 11 miles from it you can hear the pounding

    31. Sambone

      That guide looks like Samwise

    32. R B

      Thank you for you video!

    33. Mauro Rossini

      Tom, you should go to Tornio in Finland, it a city and municipality in Lapland, Finland. The city forms a cross-border twin city together with Haparanda on the Swedish side. There is a shopping centre which straddles the border and is in TWO time zones, as Finland is 1 hour forward of Sweden. You can zigzag down the center aisle changing timezone as you go from one side to the other!

    34. kickster 0


    35. Wigget223

      Of course they made it there safely because together they are TomTom

    36. Spino Rex

      Walking along the road causes a swarm of discord mods to ban you from existence.

    37. ccc310

      I wonder how does that rising tide look like. How does it move faster than you can run?

    38. GuyInARoom

      It's actually any dark london alley

    39. Tyler Dahms

      Sally sells bullet shells by the sea shore.

    40. LOLMUZZY

      The grand tour should drive across this

    41. vlog life


    42. YeetThe Skeet

      Best way to drive across that would be to buy a sherp

    43. smelly paws

      if you died while recording one of your videos, would you want the video to be finished and released to the public?

    44. Daan Wolthuis

      Tom will never run out of material for videos. Let's be honest this guy could talk us through replacing a used toilet roll and we would be hanging from his lips. Amazing talent to make subjects engaging and just very nice to listen too.

    45. justaguylearningmusic

      I feel like this is gonna be a popular tourist attraction because of this video

    46. The Analyser

      Does Tom not believe in social distancing?

    47. steve1978ger

      in the German Wadden Sea, brooms, bundles of sticks, or young birch trees, called "Pricken", are still used to mark some navigable channels

    48. Heartworn Fox

      Fallout : New Vegas Nellis artillery run IRL

    49. Dagda

      Death Stranding, anyone?

    50. Faire Play

      This sounds like the beginning of a joke: Two Toms walk through the most dangerous path in Britain

    51. Oswaldo Godoy

      now I'm thinking of that Russian swamp vehicle that uses these drill looking things to navigate in swamps

    52. Mistah Fox

      So this is how my parents walked to school...

    53. Luke O

      When you forget to bring your Lens of Truth to the Haunted Wasteland

    54. Luke

      There are footpaths across Salisbury Plains firing ranges. Happy for you to walk them, not me.

    55. THINK86200

      400th dislike ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

      1. THINK86200

        @nekohako why not? I saw it was at 399 dislikes. So I was like “why not” XD

      2. nekohako


    56. Rishen Reni

      The guide looks like a cross between David Coulthard and Mika Haikkanen

    57. Tealri

      Death stranding irl

    58. Gacheru Mburu


    59. Lennier of the Third Fane of Chudomo

      Could you legally take your hovercraft bar on this path?

    60. Jesta 1865

      how odd, never rode the broomway for obvious reasons, but i used to ride my mountain bike on foulness all the time. there are paths along the sea wall and then you can come down and go across country on the marked right of way. you come out near the old customs and excise sports grounds iirc.

    61. Buda Guda

      0:53 was it just me that thought it was a drone shot

    62. Rachel Erin

      Whoa this is so cool!

    63. I just shit my pants but

      My new business venture is foulness hovercraft ferries

    64. Chazzahh

      that guy sounds like bear grylls

      1. Eddie W

        Bear Grylls is Australian

    65. nate levinson

      The glistening glorious broker intuitively destroy because organ inversely flap during a quaint dinghy. jobless, daffy kilometer

    66. A.n Idiot

      4:11 I mean you could leave in a coffin

    67. Silverlol

      Next time Tom: I’m am on null island

    68. Terrance Campin

      Good vid! You deserve more subscribers. You should use smzeus . c o m, I used it on my main channel and it helped me rank my videos!

    69. antsolja

      id hovercraft it

    70. Brad

      Just up the road.

    71. Cameron VanDeMeme

      his mountainship Bennett should invest in a hoverpub, really bring the broomway trip into modern times.

    72. KiyokaMakibi

      An island where few people live, roads blocked by military, and a very dangerous path preventing outsiders from coming in? Sign me up!

    73. Daegog The Wyrdmake

      I suspect the only reason to want to go to foulness island is because of the difficulty to get there compared to any actual compelling reason to go.

    74. Graham Palmer

      Next video: going for a paddle on Dogger Bank.

    75. Laila Jade

      no seriously at 0:01 i had a dream i was there wtf ive never even seen this place in my life

    76. anomie nous

      4:13 When you already messed up silent assassain anyway and can't be bothered to sneak back out of the level.

    77. Nmotsch idontwannagivemyrealname

      How do trucks get in and out to deliver food (or anything else, for that matter) to stores? Does the military let them in through their bridge?

      1. Mr. Hat


    78. Galen Burnett

      3:10 I wouldn’t be leading people if I wasn’t a qualified mountain guide, with... Gmaps on my phone...

    79. Galen Burnett

      Please, let me be your guide on the Broomway, I’ll not even charge you; it’s not safe to go alo- I DON’T KNOW YOU ANd I DON’T CARe TO KNOW YOU!

    80. clark _jwj

      I live near this once a year they do a cycle charity ride round it it on the river crouch which i live on

    81. D. Storey

      "the brooms were swept away"

    82. slitor

      Next video: "I'm here, in the Mariana trench."

    83. Priceposting

      I live near a MOD Firing range called Eskmeals, it is situated near Sellafield in Cumbria England, they fire flares into the sky when people are walking down the beach which it is connected to, they also do not allow anyone to drive down the coastal road that leads to the entrance on firing days. It used to be a huge place of employment back in its day, sadly it is no longer like that.

    84. Bruce1956

      Take a walk in Flanders/Northern France and you'll come across loads of ordinance that wasn't cleared up.

    85. Urma Isgay

      i wondered why i recognised the name, then the map zoomed in to the location...not far from me.

    86. P E Wheatley

      Reminds me of the time I walked, swam and waded out to the Haile Sand Fort off Cleethorpes. In retrospect, fifty years later, not a very sensible thing to do.

    87. The Browns

      Exit via the giftshop

    88. Bobby Cratchet

      It's all fun and games until someone isn't here to post a FIblock comment, lost to the sea.

    89. Georgia Casleton

      My grandad used to work on this island, employed by the MOD, still live about 30 minutes away from it :)

    90. John Anderson

      You can't fly by helicopter??

    91. recordmountainboy

      Brooms: Haha I can sweep The tide: *Holds up Uno reverse card*

    92. AKYukon

      This is very cool. Similar to the deadly mud flats in Alaska.

    93. motormickter

      I live very local to foulness we constantly hear them testing weapons there and sometimes if they use explosives we can see mushroom clouds

    94. Ghostly Mule

      British people have real guns? I thought it was just knives, ballistic knives, etc

    95. James Stewart-Williams

      If the tide doesn’t get you, then an unexploded shell certainly will. All in the name of cracking a cold one open with the boys. Lovely!

    96. Itchy Ballsack

      Not a walk you want to take for a nice stroll, a beer and spliff then...

    97. EdgyNumber1

      Priti Patel is trying her best to permenantly shut public rights of way down.

    98. Tom Rengert

      Love it, I've been there a couple of times, very dangerous for someone who is not familiar with tides, quicksand and soft mud.

    99. cullen3624

      What about helicopter or hovercraft?

    100. Blake Lonsdale-Cook

      1:45 Having read over the bye-laws moderately briefly, I can say they are *_very_* thorough and leave no obvious loopholes except one. The Only rank of non-military policeman _explicitly_ authorized to remove or detain any persons found thereon the prescribed area of trespass hereby known as 'Shoeburyness Military Lands' is Constable. Any other rank, be it higher or lower, is not explicitly permitted to remove or detain any persons found to be on the aforementioned prescribed areas. That said, good luck with successfully gaining a conviction against the detaining person(s) on the charges of unlawful detention if you are found to be trespassing and are subsequently detained as a result, *_even if_* the 'police officer' is in fact a civilian, whom is voluntarily and without explicit authorisation or qualification officiating the policing of the area. In fact, you can expect the person in question under those previously described circumstances to be seriously considered for the awarding of the George Medal for bravely entering an active firing range in an attempt to save your life. Edit: I should learn to habitually proof-read before I hit 'COMMENT'. Edit 2: This is the most formal comment I have written on FIblock _by far._