Walking The Most Dangerous Path In Britain

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

    Tom Scott

    2 maanden geleden

    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.

    • Xavier C

      Xavier C

      5 dagen geleden

      As you get arrested, you're probably yelling about how you're a sovereign citizen and so the law doesn't apply to you.

    • sam harrison

      sam harrison

      9 dagen geleden

      Come on Tom! Grow that goatee!

    • AjarTadpole7202


      11 dagen geleden

      @Aquatic Sans No kidding

    • Stig Martin

      Stig Martin

      13 dagen geleden

      That would be rather interesting 🧐

    • Paf


      15 dagen geleden


  2. King Vegesaurus

    King Vegesaurus

    3 uur geleden

    I live about 20 minutes from here

  3. Shaun Morrison

    Shaun Morrison

    6 uur geleden

    You'd get picked up my MoDplod, not soldiers. Most firing ranges are civilian sites I think, except for the ones they use for training.

  4. George Austers

    George Austers

    6 uur geleden

    The guide sounds like Bear Grilles

  5. Barton Seagrave

    Barton Seagrave

    11 uur geleden

    Last time I was there I met a group of Russian Soldiers having a picnic.

  6. watsupcaz


    16 uur geleden

    When I feel down and alone, Tom Scott gives me warmth and happiness

  7. MaNNeRz Laguna

    MaNNeRz Laguna

    20 uur geleden

    We've got the same sort of thing over our side of the thames with 2 or 3 forts along the MOD coastline. From higham to grain. And used to be used mostly for grenade testing. And there's MOD land in chattenden which is great derelict land to wander round

  8. The British Player

    The British Player

    22 uur geleden

    Next video: "I am here in the leader hall in North Korea."

  9. danny white

    danny white

    Dag geleden

    To answer the elephant in the room yes you can ride on a hovercraft across the path.

  10. Schievel


    Dag geleden

    The British and their public footpaths

  11. Blame USA

    Blame USA

    Dag geleden

    Bro.... I grew up just round the corner from there....... If you are a total idiot that has no idea about the tides its dangerous as fk! If you are a Local shall we say... its the same as walking the streets of london, and i have lived there to... far far more dangerous place! You don't even need to walk anywhere to get into life threatening danger!

  12. Blame USA

    Blame USA

    Dag geleden


  13. Bruh


    Dag geleden

    I cant tell if this guy is in is 20’s or if he’s 50

  14. James Giltinane

    James Giltinane

    Dag geleden

    Next video; swept to skandinavia... Hi guys im here with Ragnor Lothbrok drinking ale from curved horns... how the gods welcomed me

  15. nayr h19

    nayr h19

    Dag geleden

    The broomway is a byway so all types of access are allowed I plan on riding it one day.

  16. Filby


    2 dagen geleden

    Definitely the road less travelled huh? ✌😎

  17. Owen Cox

    Owen Cox

    2 dagen geleden

    I'm 100% certified to walk on paths if I wasn't I wouldn't be walking on paths. So English

  18. Cdo Nelson

    Cdo Nelson

    2 dagen geleden

    Never walked down my street at night then.

    • Isaac Harkton

      Isaac Harkton

      2 dagen geleden


  19. Barlie Chird

    Barlie Chird

    2 dagen geleden

    day 7, I'm currently in hong kong.

  20. Triple259772


    3 dagen geleden

    British military: “can’t use this bridge it’s ours” Also British military: “however we do have this firing range”

  21. Phil M

    Phil M

    3 dagen geleden

    How long is the walk and how long does it take assuming you do it right. ?

  22. Lewis Macdonald

    Lewis Macdonald

    4 dagen geleden

    I know where I'm taking my motorbike next

  23. John Adams

    John Adams

    5 dagen geleden

    Have you seen in old graveyards a skull and crossbones engraved in the stone? Do you know why?

  24. areyouundoingthat orwhat?

    areyouundoingthat orwhat?

    5 dagen geleden

    My pal crashed his sailing boat into foulness in the fog,pissed as a fart a few years back,The authorities were none too impressed with him.Also In my younger days I did a bit of walking and hiking,I remember once walking across Salisbury plain and noticing that all the signs warning you of the possible danger of ammo hurtling around had been shot and blown to bits😀.

  25. David Rodgers

    David Rodgers

    5 dagen geleden

    I spent 7 years working on Foulness, it was a rare day that the wind wasn't blowing like that.

  26. Matty Allen

    Matty Allen

    5 dagen geleden

    NZers climbing mountains.... Australians beating deserts..... South Africans hunting elephants and lions. The poms walk across a mud flat

    • Isaac Harkton

      Isaac Harkton

      2 dagen geleden

      Poms do all of those mentioned, plus trekking mud flats. Australians don’t beat deserts much regardless, too busy ragging abos

  27. Wafty Chisellers

    Wafty Chisellers

    5 dagen geleden

    This is great. Worked as a graduate oceanographer on Foulness and abandoned a research quad more than once in the sands. Had to tie a buoy to it, run for dry land and retrieve the motor at high tide with a boat.

  28. YTS Darts player

    YTS Darts player

    6 dagen geleden

    We need this back on our TV & would make more people pay 4 there tv license!!!🤣🤣🤣

  29. Finn O' Connor

    Finn O' Connor

    6 dagen geleden

    “Do not approach or touch any object or debris it may explode and kill you” Rather straight to the point isn’t it?

  30. David Dorricott

    David Dorricott

    7 dagen geleden

    Next time "I'm here in the Mariana trench about to fist fight a giant squid"

  31. Wurlstaur


    7 dagen geleden

    Looks no more dangerous than walking down a high street of any number of non-native populated towns in England.

  32. Madura J

    Madura J

    7 dagen geleden

    I can legally travel to Afghanistan. But I won't.

  33. Daddy Didnt

    Daddy Didnt

    7 dagen geleden

    Did I just find a new favorite Channel

  34. Кристиан фьорд

    Кристиан фьорд

    7 dagen geleden

    Ah quicksand.. I knew we would meet eventually

  35. Fandango Brandango

    Fandango Brandango

    8 dagen geleden

    "I'm a qualified mountain leader" You sure mate? You're on a fecking beach

  36. alan osso

    alan osso

    8 dagen geleden

    Naya Rivera

  37. Lacey mai Kimsey

    Lacey mai Kimsey

    8 dagen geleden

    Where did you walk. Tottenham

  38. theoneanton


    8 dagen geleden

    Sealand next?

  39. Les H Mahagow

    Les H Mahagow

    9 dagen geleden

    So .... some more "Fields We Hate" and bomb/blow-up "Because" ...

  40. robert kennion

    robert kennion

    9 dagen geleden

    Hold on, how did you get permission to travel that far during a lockdown?

  41. Darren Tupman

    Darren Tupman

    9 dagen geleden

    “I’m here in the Mariana Trench”

  42. Malichi Presley

    Malichi Presley

    9 dagen geleden

    Downing Street

  43. jake rubino

    jake rubino

    9 dagen geleden

    Brooms were swept away 🤣

  44. tarli studios

    tarli studios

    9 dagen geleden

    2,222 comment

  45. Xi Jinping

    Xi Jinping

    9 dagen geleden

    Say England, Scotland, Wales or Ireland , not Britain, that doesn't exist anymore

  46. Lslice


    9 dagen geleden

    You would need an Argo to take that path

  47. KG Heath

    KG Heath

    9 dagen geleden

    I was very lucky to do the charity bike ride, so rode over the bridge and did about 3 circuits of the island. I recommend it. Craaaaazy head winds though.

  48. Mark Slator

    Mark Slator

    9 dagen geleden

    Bet they bummed

  49. Gabriel Albelda Ochoa

    Gabriel Albelda Ochoa

    10 dagen geleden

    That'll do a great Grand Tour episode

  50. Don Hughes

    Don Hughes

    11 dagen geleden


  51. Voltaic Fire

    Voltaic Fire

    11 dagen geleden

    I still think any path in Moss Side is a strong contender.

  52. Colin Harrison

    Colin Harrison

    12 dagen geleden

    Thanks Tom.

  53. AirsoftAfterHours


    12 dagen geleden

    I just want to say, aside from the really informative and cool video, amazing equipment setup that has brilliant wind cancelling!

  54. Michael Stevens

    Michael Stevens

    12 dagen geleden

    Wear a target next time,more sportsman like?

  55. HUSKI


    13 dagen geleden

    That place reminds me of death stranding. Sorta like the beaches

  56. TimeKiller


    14 dagen geleden

    ok i get it, your a bloody an amazing guy who can walk safely over sand, gees stfu already, and btw TRUMP I LOVE YOU, TRUMP TRUMP TRUMP FOUR MORE YEARS

  57. Tom Bennett

    Tom Bennett

    14 dagen geleden

    You're welcome Tom

  58. Shubham


    14 dagen geleden

    10 Things you cannot talk about on british new channels : 1) colonisation 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10) slavery What you can talk about : "BUT BUT BUT WE GIVE YOU TRAINS>>>>"

  59. Aa Gg

    Aa Gg

    15 dagen geleden

    could you drive it with a specialized 4X4? (and is it legal?)

  60. Dun Hilda

    Dun Hilda

    17 dagen geleden

    Doesn't look like East London to me...

    • AZROF


      16 uur geleden

      It's next to southend on sea

  61. • bedhead potato •

    • bedhead potato •

    18 dagen geleden

    My mum sent me a video of yours and now im obsessed with your vids

  62. stevolution666


    19 dagen geleden

    Can confirm I tried to go there once and was turned away

  63. Warp Gate

    Warp Gate

    19 dagen geleden

    don't worry Tom, they won't arrest you. They'll just make you take the road back... without the guide :)

  64. Kohu Keka

    Kohu Keka

    19 dagen geleden

    The idiotic xylophone revealingly trip because flame aesthetically paint beside a old-fashioned missile. unknown, ten age

  65. The Once and Future Nerd

    The Once and Future Nerd

    20 dagen geleden

    Those brooms were swept away, you say? 😁

  66. YayapLives


    21 dag geleden

    The name sounds like a section of Hollownest.

  67. Tech ,gaming and education

    Tech ,gaming and education

    21 dag geleden


  68. Simon Moore

    Simon Moore

    21 dag geleden

    Definitely a hand held GPS and 25,000 magnification OS map (or nautical chart) scenario.

  69. Thomas Robinson

    Thomas Robinson

    22 dagen geleden

    Welcome to another episode of something you never thought you wanted to know but you find so interesting...

  70. Elso


    22 dagen geleden

    Drive the broomway? Why hasn't top gear done this?

  71. Colin Reynolds

    Colin Reynolds

    22 dagen geleden

    Wait... did you make it back? :O

  72. Codga2001


    23 dagen geleden

    This is the IT security guy from Computerphile right?

  73. Michael Green

    Michael Green

    23 dagen geleden

    There are still water broom ways elsewhere in the UK that are still marked daily.

  74. I forgot My Name

    I forgot My Name

    23 dagen geleden

    And this is about half as dangerous as Florida, that’s bloody insane

  75. 斎藤一


    24 dagen geleden

    I wanna go there!!!

  76. Felicia Barker

    Felicia Barker

    24 dagen geleden

    'I am here, legally. And that's because I came in a hovercraft pub.'

  77. Ellie Blaber

    Ellie Blaber

    25 dagen geleden

    its weird that the MOD can just claim an island and then tell the population of said island they can stay but they cant use the bridges they built to get in and out

  78. Owen


    26 dagen geleden

    Nobody talking about the fact that the guide is named Tom as well

  79. Jibicus Maximus

    Jibicus Maximus

    26 dagen geleden

    That's great I would love to visit.

  80. Jon B

    Jon B

    27 dagen geleden

    Most dangerous path? Southern wimps! At least you can swim out of danger, if you can swim - and if you can't you shouldn't be risking it. Get up to the Peak District and we'll show you dangerous paths, where if you slip off the least of your problems will be a broken back.

  81. Ryan Reffert

    Ryan Reffert

    27 dagen geleden

    I'm taking an amphibious car to the island

  82. Kotaro Chan

    Kotaro Chan

    28 dagen geleden

    How tf would you know its a broom?

  83. Cameronnn


    28 dagen geleden

    The guide sounds similar to Bear Grylls

  84. Æthelwulf Eoforlic

    Æthelwulf Eoforlic

    29 dagen geleden

    During the late 80’s I worked for the MoD on Foulness,; the bridge was built after they lost a couple of tanks on the ‘Brromway’, it was deemed cheaper to spend a couple of million pounds on fixed crossing than lose more main battle tanks to the tide!

  85. Actinan


    Maand geleden

    Lemme ask which mountains he's leading in Britian.

  86. flaetsbnort


    Maand geleden

    The beach so dangerous you need a mountain leader to cross

  87. Carol Stott

    Carol Stott

    Maand geleden

    Tom, it isnt very nice of you to shoot a child and dump his body in to the sea just to show how dangerous it is.

  88. OSW Review HD

    OSW Review HD

    Maand geleden

    Shoutout to Michelle and Graham video editing and audio mixing this vid! It hid the edits to Tom #2's talking so it flowed almost as seemless and natural as Tom #1! (Having hidden edits this way myself) it was textbook 😃

    • Lewis


      8 dagen geleden

      I have no idea what you are talking about.

  89. William Stevens

    William Stevens

    Maand geleden

    Not far from where I live!I live in Southend.

  90. Angry Applesauce

    Angry Applesauce

    Maand geleden

    Is it just me, or did this video end before it started?

  91. Fraser Hauser

    Fraser Hauser

    Maand geleden

    The route 14 bus stops on the island

  92. LupuSamor Adventures

    LupuSamor Adventures

    Maand geleden

    I live very close to Foulness and people who aren’t locals freak out during the week when you hear a massive B O O M explosion which rattles the windows... they explode expired bombs and also test equipment there, so you’ll just be walking along the street and hear an explosion and everyone will just go “uh, they’re testing again 🙄”

  93. Ailsa Ni

    Ailsa Ni

    Maand geleden


  94. uhh idk

    uhh idk

    Maand geleden

    1:32 Couldn't even punctuate properly.

  95. Daoibhéar


    Maand geleden

    2 hours later: "I am here, in M.O.D's holding cell."

    • Ailsa Ni

      Ailsa Ni

      Maand geleden

      The path my parents walked to school

  96. Eraesr


    Maand geleden

    How long does it take to walk all along the path?

  97. Daniel Schrier

    Daniel Schrier

    Maand geleden

    His guide looks like a budget Bear Grylls

  98. codediporpal


    Maand geleden

    Common Law is kind of weird sometimes.

  99. Lachlan Lau

    Lachlan Lau

    Maand geleden

    Lead is bad for the environment and it goes into the ocean? Bad

  100. Yetch The Video Man

    Yetch The Video Man

    Maand geleden

    Why can't you make a video on my country?