The Broomway traverses vast sand flats and mud flats that stretch almost unsloped for miles. When the tide goes out at Foulness, it goes out a great distance, revealing shires of sand packed hard enough to support the weight of a walker.
When the tide comes back in, though, it comes fast – galloping over the sands quicker than a human can run. Disorientation is a danger as well as inundation: in mist, rain or fog, it is easy to lose direction in such self-similar terrain, with shining sand extending in all directions. Nor are all of the surfaces that you encounter reliable: there is mud that can trap you and quicksand that can swallow you.
But in good weather, following the right route, it can feel nothing more than a walk on a very large beach.The Broomway takes its name from the 400 or so brooms that were formerly placed at intervals of between 30 and 60 yards on either side of the track, thereby indicating the safe passage on the hard sand that lay between them.Comment: Seems like a metaphor for the Christian walk - follow the brooms. See "walk" in Ephesians as in 5:15, "Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise". The music in the above video is obnoxious and does not add value to it. Mute suggested!