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The Elie Chainwalk is safe, as long as you follow the signs

  • Publicado em 27 Fev 2022
  • In Fife, in the south-east of Scotland, there's the Elie Chain Walk: a footpath that's got a reputation for being dangerous. It isn't - as long as you're prepared, and as long as you watch out for the tide.
    Thanks to Allan Dunlop and Carrie Blair from Outdoor Education Fife, for both guiding me and holding the cameras!
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Comentários • 1 002

  • Tom Scott
    Tom Scott  7 meses atrás +6567

    It's fairly obvious that I had some technical problems with this video! High winds meant it was unsafe to fly the drone, and as the rocks were wet and icy, I didn't feel comfortable carrying unnecessary camera equipment. So this was filmed on a GoPro and a 360 camera - the latter of which got seaspray on the lens early on. And 50mph wind gusts meant the audio was tricky too. I've made the best I can of it: thanks for your patience!

    • Gareth-Stuart Ogg
      Gareth-Stuart Ogg 5 meses atrás

      Fife isn't south east Scotland 😉 especially when the lothians is classed as central and Fife is north of Lothians.

    • RWBHere
      RWBHere 6 meses atrás

      Somebody stole the chains? I'd guess that, at over 80 years old, someone removed them in order to force a cash-conscious local authority to replace them with new, and much safer, chains. 🤔

    • ace
      ace 6 meses atrás

      I didn't even notice !

    • Jaden Merkin
      Jaden Merkin 6 meses atrás

      Missed opportunity to say you had some 'Technical Difficulties'

    • gazzer2kuk
      gazzer2kuk 6 meses atrás

      Honestly didn't realise so. Nice!

  • Rikke
    Rikke 6 meses atrás +8166

    No problem for the experienced Parkourist, Tom Scott.

  • Ragnhild
    Ragnhild 6 meses atrás +4635

    Tom: “People do this for no other reason than…”
    Me: “…it’s fun.”
    Tom “…it’s there.”

    • laus 99
      laus 99 3 meses atrás

      ..same reason why anyone goes for any walk..

    • TheMightyKinkle
      TheMightyKinkle 6 meses atrás


    • BBJProductions21
      BBJProductions21 6 meses atrás +2

      literally said this at the end to myself as well

    • That Person
      That Person 6 meses atrás +1

      I mean, I wouldn’t take it if it wasn’t there

    • Not a Spy
      Not a Spy 6 meses atrás +1

      2 kinds of people summarized

  • Szymon
    Szymon 6 meses atrás +2080

    There are actually similar contraptions all over the Tatra Mountains in Poland. Although there are several deaths each year as a result of a fall (the heights reach up to a few hundred feet) the wonky chains persist.

    • malthuswasright
      malthuswasright 6 meses atrás

      @RayVG Not been myself, but friends have been and thoroughly enjoyed it.

    • key_v
      key_v 6 meses atrás

      @Darolaho yikes!

    • Darolaho
      Darolaho 6 meses atrás

      Also one in zion in the US. That one is above a 1500 foot drop

    • RayVG
      RayVG 6 meses atrás

      @malthuswasright I've only been to the dolomites in the wintertime, is it a good area for rock climbing in the summer?

    • Matej Novosad
      Matej Novosad 6 meses atrás

      The deaths each year are not true at least on the Slovak side.

  • Dr Creed
    Dr Creed 6 meses atrás +2189

    Hey Tom, if you’re ever looking to do a video in midwest Canada, you should take a look at buffalo jumps. Head-Smashed-In is the most famous one around here in Alberta, and its a world heritage site now - they even have a museum!

    • Deez
      Deez 6 meses atrás

      @Seeyeay ?

    • Seeyeay
      Seeyeay 6 meses atrás +1

      @Deezyou sound 2-ply

    • Deez
      Deez 6 meses atrás

      I’d recommend going to Newfoundland and seeing the Viking settlement

    • Deez
      Deez 6 meses atrás

      @jackson ; it’s a 30ft drop where natives would chase Buffalo to until they fell of and died

    • Deez
      Deez 6 meses atrás

      @Seeyeay grow up, not everything is about politics

  • SovietOnion
    SovietOnion 6 meses atrás +1540

    “The Elie Chainwalk is safe, as long as you follow the signs.”
    Most things are, to be fair.

    • CCP-BOT69-420
      CCP-BOT69-420 3 meses atrás +1

      @I P Signs are the least of our problems when it comes to "ruining our surroundings".

    • AidyPlays 101
      AidyPlays 101 3 meses atrás

      @olive That's like saying venom is safe, as long as you read the scales on the snake.

    • I P
      I P 6 meses atrás

      @Joe Payne ◢◤ they do too

    • Tom Isaacson
      Tom Isaacson 6 meses atrás

      Not your mom

    • DaveDexterMusic
      DaveDexterMusic 6 meses atrás

      That... really isn't how it works.

  • Vito C
    Vito C 6 meses atrás +549

    Guide: "The locks move so they don't stress the rock"
    Bet it stresses the tourists though.

    • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
      Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +23

      I imagine the rocks laughing, "Did you see the look on the human's face when the lock moved?"

    • k
      k 6 meses atrás +60

      @epsyloN natural habitat

    • epsyloN
      epsyloN 6 meses atrás +60

      What if The Rock visits this place as a tourist??

  • Maxx
    Maxx 6 meses atrás +553

    So this is how my parents got to school every day.

    • key_v
      key_v 6 meses atrás

      @MyFaceBeHi with cardboard in their shoes!

    • Red Red
      Red Red 6 meses atrás +1

      But don’t forget this is only part A. They had to rent horses for the next 75 km, make a boat to sail the river and climb the 90 degree angle hill to arrive at school.

    • MonkeyJedi99
      MonkeyJedi99 6 meses atrás

      @GPlumbob I didn't say it was.
      And the no-bus radius is only a guess, as that was nearly 40 years ago.

    • GPlumbob
      GPlumbob 6 meses atrás +1

      @MonkeyJedi99 1½ miles isn't as far as in the stories

    • MonkeyJedi99
      MonkeyJedi99 6 meses atrás

      @GPlumbob In the 1980's I did live close enough to school that I had to walk. For budgetary reasons, that distance was a radius of about a mile and a half, if I recall correctly.
      And due to local geography, it WAS uphill both ways.*
      *My house was on one side of a ridge, and the school was on the other. So both directions involved going uphill for part of the trip.

  • Jack Bain
    Jack Bain 6 meses atrás +594

    I remember doing this as a kid a couple years back with my local scout group. No harnesses or anything, come to think of it it wasn't exactly safe having 12 14-year-olds scale the thing but it was sure as hell fun! Nice to see a vid on this hidden piece of Fife:)

    • tubasil
      tubasil 4 meses atrás +1

      @Gordon Freeman I feel like the risks with the demon core and falling off some rocks are different but that’s just me

    • Groffind
      Groffind 6 meses atrás +1

      As a kid of similiar age, we (as a class) went to a climbing "thing". There were those tightropes between trees at a height of maybe 2-3 meters maximum. Only with harnesses...
      It was so cumbersome to go from tree to tree with a harness and I didn´t enjoy the preplanned path they laid out.
      What I wanted to say is, that I agree that "safe" is just not fun (at least sometimes it isn´t).

    • James Cody
      James Cody 6 meses atrás

      Heya Jack, this must be a universal scouting memory. We've been on quiete a few ourselves in 47th Ballybrack Ireland

    • Gordon Freeman
      Gordon Freeman 6 meses atrás +8

      @clray123 Some people thought that it was fun to mess around with the demon core and a screwdriver.

      DANNY SULLIVAN MUSIC 6 meses atrás

      agreed dude. totally accurate

  • Timothy McLean
    Timothy McLean 6 meses atrás +883

    1:50: Part of me wants to know how someone pulled off that heist. Sure, nobody's watching the chains most of the time, but they're bolted to the rock!

    • Sylvia Rusty FæThey
      Sylvia Rusty FæThey 27 dias atrás

      @Thep Jup Im verbose even when i try to be succinct; thats just cuz im an infodumper and tend to overexplain. Im here talkin about torches bcuz linguistics and the words we use are a fascinatin thing to learn about to me.
      And my pt that torch instd of propane torch is the shorter way of sayin it and is thus the more likely one to adopt is true; thats how word evolution works. We dont still end convos by sayin "god be with ye", we just write the word that evolved from shortenin that, goodbye; bcuz shorter words historically are more likely to catch on than longer words.
      My statements of where i learned the words and who im used to hearin say the words does matter bcuz language is often regional and cultural as well so i was saying both the region and the culture i learned the words i used; so as to not make any claims that all Americans use torch to mean propane torch or blowtorch far more than any other kind of torch.

    • Thep Jup
      Thep Jup 27 dias atrás

      ​@Sylvia Rusty FæThey you said quite a few extra many word just to say that you call it a propane torch or just a torch, but then said "why say many word when fewer word work"? big contradiction there. if you believe truly "why say many word when fewer word work", why the whole explanation of yourself, your actions, people you know and their vernacular instead of just "I live in the USA and call 'propane torch' or 'torch.' ? genuinely curious because that was really bizarre to read. do you just want the internet to know you dab?

    • danny Thorpe
      danny Thorpe 2 meses atrás

      @NoriMori we called it a gas axe at place I worked at. Oxy acetylene etc

    • Andrew Kennedy
      Andrew Kennedy 6 meses atrás

      @NoriMori a gas axe

    • Robby Bevard
      Robby Bevard 6 meses atrás +1

      I don't know but I bet its related to that £100,000 coin buried under a London building.

  • Benjamin Shropshire
    Benjamin Shropshire 6 meses atrás +177

    We need more of this sort of thing. Small and manageable but clearly and irrefutably risky things in life. Pretending that all risk can be eliminated is a folly we need to work against... and to do that we need to be willing to accept some risk.

    • Ruthgar
      Ruthgar 6 meses atrás +1

      @Kaitlyn L When I run into those type of people I like to point out to them that simple stuff like oxygen and water by themselves, two things that almost everything on the planet needs to live (there are those funky organisms those scientists found that don't need oxygen), can also kill you all by themselves.
      Simply getting up everyday and living your normal life always carries some element of risk. It's up to every individual to decide what risks they are willing to accept to live the life they want to live.

    • Ruthgar
      Ruthgar 6 meses atrás

      Honestly this isn't that risky. I spent twenty years in a job where I would have to climb move and descend along similar heights sometimes with/but mostly without hard hats, gloves, harnesses, and lanyards on. It's just a matter of taking your time and maintaining proper contact with your hold and stepping points at all times. Now I will agree that type of skillset isn't normally found in everyone elses around the world so yes, doing something like this does seem a bit/lot risky, dangerous, and scary to the average person. My recomendation if you're going to do this or something of similar skill is go with someone who is well familar with climbing, and can help you out should your run into difficulties.

    • majermike
      majermike 6 meses atrás +2

      speak for yourself i am not taking any risks!!! i've been holed up in my apartment for the last 2 years straight and although i have developed a severe case of asthma, obesity, and loneliness i am not taking risks!!!!

    • Kaitlyn L
      Kaitlyn L 6 meses atrás +8

      @Benjamin Shropshire very true. The best we have is mathematical language which just turns a bunch of people right off it. I’ve even had some people say “you can’t just multiply/divide the percentages like that!” even in cases where that is what’s actually done.

    • Benjamin Shropshire
      Benjamin Shropshire 6 meses atrás +5

      @Kaitlyn L Agree, but I think the problem goes even deeper than that: for the most part we don't even have the vocabulary to think or talk about risk and the differences between them.

  • Mathias Bacher
    Mathias Bacher 6 meses atrás +167

    In German we have the saying "Der Weg ist das Ziel" which means "The journey/route is the destination". I think it fits really well here!

    • Quincy Key
      Quincy Key 6 meses atrás +3

      @Account Deletion Delayed Again (See Description) it is VERY frequently used, at least in the US...I hear it most often used these days when younger kids are mocking older people for saying it all the time

    • Account Deletion Delayed Again (See Description)
      Account Deletion Delayed Again (See Description) 6 meses atrás +1

      @Quincy Key I have heard that before, but it had completely left my vocabulary. I think I've heard it way less often than its German equivalent. Would you say that it is frequently used? I don't seem to encounter it ever (apart from the few times I have).

    • Quincy Key
      Quincy Key 6 meses atrás +2

      @Account Deletion Delayed Again (See Description) if you are wondering, the phrase 'it's not the destination, it's the journey' is the English language equivalent :)

    • Account Deletion Delayed Again (See Description)
      Account Deletion Delayed Again (See Description) 6 meses atrás

      You've made me realise I never wondered if this saying exists in English ... Hmmm ...

    • finsternis1986
      finsternis1986 6 meses atrás +1

      Gute Redewendung!

  • Benjamin Smith
    Benjamin Smith 6 meses atrás +175

    Today's weird thing is that I've just realised that I would never call Fife 'south-east' Scotland. It's north of Edinburgh, which is north of the Borders, and so isn't really "southern" in my mind. Clearly south of Lerwick though... funny thing language.

    • h
      h 2 meses atrás

      same here, i've always considered it east central

    • doctorspockable
      doctorspockable 6 meses atrás

      @Russell Dominy Yes, it was from the perspective of Orkney.

    • doctorspockable
      doctorspockable 6 meses atrás +1

      Yes, it was from the perspective of Orkney.

    • Rob Fraser
      Rob Fraser 6 meses atrás

      @Laurence Fraser Very true, but 99.9% of that time was before the UK voted to flush our collective economy down the shitpipes so many of us Scots that once voted to stay in the UK now want to leave it before the rot sets in. The sooner we get our EU membership card in the post the sooner we can start finding ways to talk Spain into letting us back in.

    • Alan Mac
      Alan Mac 6 meses atrás

      @NightBlado Most probably it will. No-one wants to live in an iScot dominated by small-minded Nats. We've had a 15-year preview to see how incompetent and mendacious they are.

  • Nicola G
    Nicola G 6 meses atrás +198

    “Hold on tight and watch out for the tide” feels like a very Fife way to do things

  • Crypto Tonight
    Crypto Tonight 6 meses atrás +69

    I would love to see a series by you called "because it's there" that explores things that people do or visit just because they are there.

    • The IT Furry
      The IT Furry 6 meses atrás +3

      The Bude tunnel is a perfect example of that

  • Levi's Wranglers
    Levi's Wranglers 6 meses atrás +5540

    I'm now absolutely convinced that Tom is doing every side quest and is trying to platinum the UK map.
    (Holy crap! Thanks for all the likes!)

    • Carlos Henrique Fabricio
      Carlos Henrique Fabricio 6 meses atrás

      His main quest is to complete all side quests

    • andybaldman
      andybaldman 6 meses atrás

      @Riverside I'll also keep scrolling next time I see internet cliches.

    • Riverside
      Riverside 6 meses atrás +2

      @andybaldman just keep scrolling next time you see an unrelatable subculture joke

    • Holy Mango
      Holy Mango 6 meses atrás

      what kind of gameplay would a tom scott game have?

    • Lo
      Lo 6 meses atrás +2

      @andybaldman no one can get all the references that come their way, bud

  • Friedrich Volkmann
    Friedrich Volkmann 6 meses atrás +43

    I climbed many of the demanding, alpine via ferratas here in Austria, but I'd love to visit that place as well because it's so different.
    Chains are great because you've got enough grip with your bare hands. Unfortunately, many chains have been replaced with wire ropes in my country. That makes it easier to use a via ferrata set, but at the same time essentially makes it required.

    • Chet Gray
      Chet Gray 6 meses atrás +1

      There's a place here in Kentucky in the USA with via ferrata routes, and that's immediately what I thought of, but yes, it looks so different that I'd love to give the chains a go.

  • Hugo
    Hugo 6 meses atrás +13

    As someone who loves Elie and has done this chainwalk before as a younger person, it was great seeing this video made and love seeing videos about the less noticed parts of our country

  • John Chessant
    John Chessant 6 meses atrás +80

    "People do this for no other reason than, it's there"
    Well, that's the neatest way of summing up all of humanity I've heard

    • ferrous719
      ferrous719 6 meses atrás +1

      A very "humans are space orcs" story for sure

    • M Jons
      M Jons 6 meses atrás +2

      Humans are naturally explorers and often like a real good challenge.

    • Adam Holland - Adz
      Adam Holland - Adz 6 meses atrás +11

      "Grandpa, why did they go to the moon?"
      "Cause it was hard."

  • raydunakin
    raydunakin 6 meses atrás +34

    Very cool! Looks like a fun trip. The sad thing is that, as you say, something like this would never be allowed if it was done today. It's only still permitted because it's been around for so long.

    • Miriam Kapeller
      Miriam Kapeller 6 meses atrás

      It's weird how standards of safety have changed. I remember climbing on similar kinds of rock when I was a kid, together with my younger brother. But there were no chains and sometimes the price for falling would have been death since when the tide came, the water dynamics formed small whirlpools around those rocks, which would pull you into hollow spaces below the rock where you would drown.
      The thing that keeps you safe isn't equipment, it's experience and body control!

    • bip321boom
      bip321boom 6 meses atrás +2

      It's somewhat similar to a via ferrata and those are being built today. They are safer though, as they are designed to be used with safety equipment.

  • Sam Freed
    Sam Freed 6 meses atrás +51

    Tom, we get it, you do parkour now.
    (Kidding, love it as always!)

  • Thomas Greenall
    Thomas Greenall 6 meses atrás +35

    All over the alps there are very similar paths called "Via Ferrata", most reccomend/require a harness/Helmet/slings and can be in some very airy places. They generaly require a fair bit of physical effort, but not substantial technicall ability.....oh and a good head for heights, its bvery easy tio end up over 1000 feet off the deck!

  • Enabi Seira
    Enabi Seira 6 meses atrás +58

    There's this small mountain at the side of my town with a road that leads to almost the top, to a building from where I think comes the water supply. But there's a small path just after the building that goes to the peak. This path is narrow, rocky, and you have a precipice of at least 10 meters on one side. A misstep and you fall. And yet there's no security nor any sign. Few people go there though, but there's a really old bench at some point in the path.

  • Jacooboo photography
    Jacooboo photography 6 meses atrás +78

    Go here on holiday every year, absolutely stunning place, really nice to see it in a video!

    • Firecul42
      Firecul42 6 meses atrás +3

      Me too, Shellbay every year.

    • Creamy Pasta
      Creamy Pasta 6 meses atrás +4

      I live here, my dog and I are so lucky :)

  • glasco61
    glasco61 6 meses atrás +45

    Regularly gobsmacked as Tom shows me something new & fascinating about the country I live in.

  • Linollieum
    Linollieum 6 meses atrás +29

    It feels like the world has a lot of these kinds of trails grandfathered in that would never be made now due to the risk, like Precipice Trail and Beehive Trail in Maine, even though those use iron rungs instead of chains and probably aren't as dangerous

    • Sam Reid
      Sam Reid 6 meses atrás +4

      Or Angel’s Landing at Zion. Helps preserve the mountain but rather dicey

  • Werbna Right
    Werbna Right 6 meses atrás +9

    I like the ones where you get genuinely proud about having something new and interesting to share. This video is the perfect example

  • Thugson
    Thugson 6 meses atrás +6

    In Western Australia we have a few old trees used for fire watch back in the day, (Diamond Tree, Dave Evens Bicentennial Tree) they're around 60m tall each, and litterally just have steel pegs sticking out as a sort of ladder all the way up to the lookout out at the top... It's extremely sketchy, I've never heard of anyone falling though it's easily possible, but there have been a number of rescues made from it

  • Sabiki Kasukō
    Sabiki Kasukō 6 meses atrás +32

    If this was made today, I would've thought this was one of those "how unsafe can we make something that's still acceptably safe". Clearly time is a BIG factor in what "acceptably safe" means lmao

  • Nightthought
    Nightthought 6 meses atrás +11

    I strongly believe that there should be more features like this, where it's whole purpose is to be engaged with physically and see something you couldn't otherwise.

    • Jehty
      Jehty 6 meses atrás +1

      You mean like every hiking destination?

  • Mice And Minecraft
    Mice And Minecraft 6 meses atrás +5

    OMG I would have LOVED to do this when I was abled! I grew up just scrambling up wadis and clambering over rocks all over the world like a tiny mountain goat. This looks like so much fun!

  • green1
    green1 6 meses atrás +6

    My favorite campsite in the Canadian Rocky mountains is beyond a set of chains like this. I've been going to that site for about 30 years now, the chains have been extended a little bit to deal with erosion on the path, but otherwise seem unchanged. I'm not sure what amount of inspection they get, and the signage is much more basic than what you have, in fact I think it just says "caution cliff". Amazingly, despite the obvious possibilities, I'm not sure I've ever heard of someone dying on them. There is however a significant drop.

  • Purity Vendetta
    Purity Vendetta 6 meses atrás +10

    Excellent video Tom, if I'm ever in that part of the world I'm definitely giving the chainwalk a go. In a country that has become very risk adverse this seems reasonably safe given the right approach.

  • Aidan Frasier
    Aidan Frasier 6 meses atrás +79

    Kid: Can we get a rock climbing wall?
    Tom: We have a rock climbing wall at home.
    Rock climbing wall at home:

  • TheAbyssalTurtle
    TheAbyssalTurtle 6 meses atrás +6

    Reminds me of the chains you need to hold on to navigate the path up to Angel's Landing in Zion, Utah. Slightly higher risk since you're a couple hundred feet up on cliff edges but the view's magnificent so I suppose it cancels out.

  • Jerry
    Jerry 6 meses atrás +2

    I really want to see Tom visit some places outside the UK. Hopefully that’s possible now with covid not being as bad as it once was

  • LygerPlayz
    LygerPlayz 6 meses atrás +5

    "It was repaired about 10 years ago..."
    "oh, that's nice. more modern chains for safety?"
    "...after someone stole the chains"
    That one guy who stole the chains that are embedded onto the rocks: my goals are beyond your understanding!

  • Pigeonz
    Pigeonz 6 meses atrás +1

    I remember doing this when I was about 8 or 9 but having no idea what it actually was! Fascinating to learn about its history 😂

  • ziisch
    ziisch 6 meses atrás +1

    1:42 In the Alps there are many via ferratas which look very similar. Some exist and are maintained by volunteers for decades, some were created quite recently. You can use a harness, you should be experienced or with a guide, but in the end it is openly accessible and up to everyone how they want to tackle them.

  • Kulbhushan Chand
    Kulbhushan Chand 6 meses atrás +20

    Tom Scott - “The Elie Chainwalk is safe, as long as you follow the signs.”
    The Sign - "⚠ Don't use Chainwalk."

    • RudeGuyGames
      RudeGuyGames 6 meses atrás +2

      Can't fall off the chainwalk if you don't use it. 🙄

  • Daniel Wilson
    Daniel Wilson 6 meses atrás +18

    I enjoy these sorts of activities that carry a little physical requirement and a little danger. I’m by no means a “rules gone mad” guy, I understand the requirement to ensure public safety, but I think that comes with a little trust.
    Hiking a mountain and having to jump across a few gaps keeps it fun. Diving off waterfalls is fun. Chuck a sign up to say how to do it safety, and let people take a risk or two.
    I’d absolutely seek this out if I was in the area

  • NiteLynr
    NiteLynr 6 meses atrás +4

    "It's there" is one of the best reasons ever to do something - sometimes we just need to tick a box marked 'I did a thing' to boost morale/sanity/worthiness stats.

  • weegrant1980
    weegrant1980 6 meses atrás +3

    The coastline along that part of Fife is stunning and also a few miles from the secret bunker

  • King DeDeDe
    King DeDeDe 6 meses atrás

    I’ve been doing this with my family for many years now so it’s cool to see you covering this!

  • Opus 313
    Opus 313 6 meses atrás +34

    Another instalment of Tom's ode to rocks!
    Hold on tight!

  • SemiHypercube
    SemiHypercube 6 meses atrás +52

    "it was repaired about ten years ago after somebody stole the chains" So in that case, is it still the same chainwalk?

  • Peachy's Place
    Peachy's Place 6 meses atrás

    It's great that things like this still exist in the world, they need to be kept just as they are.

  • isabel necessary
    isabel necessary 6 meses atrás

    Love the Elie chainwalk! Done it quite a few times over the years and it’s always fun.

  • Glen Does Stuff
    Glen Does Stuff 6 meses atrás +1

    That is genuinely awesome and I so want to do that one day! Great vid Tom.

  • Pyro Doll
    Pyro Doll 6 meses atrás +1

    Hard to believe that in today's Britain that this hasn't simply been closed down by a faint hearted, risk averse council. It warms my soul that it's still there and maintained.

  • Wynner3 (iDugit)
    Wynner3 (iDugit) 6 meses atrás +1

    I hope to see Scotland some day. I will add this to my growing list of things to do if I ever visit.

  • Brian Gonigal
    Brian Gonigal 6 meses atrás +11

    Well, there's another one for my bucket list! (This being the bucket labeled "Places to stay the hell away from", of course.)

  • Thomas Tallis
    Thomas Tallis 6 meses atrás

    I work nearby here, and older colleagues have told me about these chains being cut and stolen for scrap over the decades. Elie Beach is of course more well known for it's rubies which litter the rock surfaces.

  • Marshall Campbell
    Marshall Campbell 6 meses atrás

    God I love the quality and quantity of these videos. It's amazing every single time!!

  • Parker
    Parker 6 meses atrás

    I remember doing this as a kid! My dad and I went for a day and it was difficult but fun

  • Sphinx the Minx
    Sphinx the Minx 6 meses atrás +4

    I once climbed up Gordale Scar with two intrepid miniature dachshunds. They loved it. When we got to the top and looked down - I decided we should walk back via the road.

  • Filip The Arab
    Filip The Arab 6 meses atrás

    I should put together a list of things that Tom visit so I can myself go there one day as a sort of "bucket list". I love stuff like this.

  • AlbinoLobster
    AlbinoLobster 3 meses atrás

    I love that someone went through the trouble of stealing the old chains, that were already old and rusty to begin with

  • blebonick
    blebonick 6 meses atrás +7

    Oh hey, this is close to home. I was climbing these chains since I was 13.

  • Enter An Original Name -
    Enter An Original Name - 6 meses atrás

    What a flashback, me and my dad done this around 8 years ago now (I was around 8 at the the time) and I remember seeing one of the photos where it was me and my dad in swimming shorts and there was this huge American group all wearing helmets and life vests etc.
    Also btw I can only vaguely remember but I recall there was a bit where u could jump into the water, so I was wondering if that’s still there or if they’ve put up a barrier or something

  • Sam Reid
    Sam Reid 6 meses atrás +9

    Quite a few US National Parks, most notably Angel’s Landing at Zion, have chainways. Because several people have died from falling off the trail, there have been calls to get rid of the chainways and replace them with a regular path, but doing so would destroy much of the mountain and wouldn’t be all that much safer so the chainways are still there.

  • Spencer Larson
    Spencer Larson 6 meses atrás +1

    I really enjoy these, love your work!

  • Lance Wickum
    Lance Wickum 6 meses atrás +1

    I love things like this. They should exist. We need to learn to weight risks. Know our abilities. They are a thing. They are everywhere. They are a primary way we learn and grow.

  • Jevon Wright
    Jevon Wright 4 meses atrás

    There quite a few chains and ropes on bush walks here in New Zealand, publicly accessible but out of the way :) They're fun

  • klashnacovak47
    klashnacovak47 6 meses atrás

    Great video and great to see it’s survived health and safety.

  • scott townsend
    scott townsend 6 meses atrás

    Great video as always. To anyone that plans on going please stay safe.

  • Karl Fisher
    Karl Fisher 6 meses atrás +1

    Thanks, Tom. You share the most interesting attractions!

  • kofa1
    kofa1 6 meses atrás +26

    "Don't fall off"
    - the elie chainwalk is safe, as long as you follow the signs

  • Om Dahake
    Om Dahake 6 meses atrás

    it would be amazing if every beach had something like this

  • lyndsay smith
    lyndsay smith 6 meses atrás

    love locations like this. i wish that I could go out to them more

  • Angry Birder
    Angry Birder 6 meses atrás +1

    I'd have suggested to replace the chains with a steel cable (and possibly add a few anchors on vertical sections) so people can use via ferrata equipment more easily. As it looks in the video, the chains are very large and many carabiners probably wouldn't move very well over them (if they fit at all). Of course, the alps are full of similar paths (with steel cables instead of chains), many of them with much higher difficulty and exposure. In the alps, nobody would ever close something like that on safety grounds - *unless* the anchors are actually unsafe or it is in a section with too high risk of rockfall (or it is built illegally in a protected area - *cough cough* Via Ferrata Sandro Pertini). After all, most (not all unfortunately) people there know that they shouldn't go into the mountains without proper knowledge and equpment.

  • Creamy Pasta
    Creamy Pasta 6 meses atrás +8

    Wow, the Great Tom Scott was just a few minutes away from me, may have even driven past my house... honoured

  • Friendly Neighborhood Nitpicker

    Nice to know that there are still some unsafe, risky, fun things left in this soft corners nanny state world.

  • Blair Marshall
    Blair Marshall 6 meses atrás

    I have been to Elie (stunning little fife town btw) loads of times and never even heard of this. Won’t miss it the next time

  • Matt H
    Matt H 6 meses atrás

    Awesome to see something like this persist even in our soft coddled litigious society.

  • tlfsttlfst
    tlfsttlfst 6 meses atrás

    It is not about the destination you reach at the end, it is all about the adventure to go there.

  • Technolocic
    Technolocic 6 meses atrás +3

    Imagine being the person like "ah yes these are the original chainwalk chains that i stole"

  • Travel Know Hau
    Travel Know Hau 6 meses atrás

    Don't you love how things were made back in the day before health and safety took the fun out of everything? 😅

  • KazooLordHD
    KazooLordHD 6 meses atrás

    for anyone interested I saw asi 316 on one of the anchor points. this means that the chains and anchors are 316 stainless steel and wont rust

  • iDKHOW fan
    iDKHOW fan 4 meses atrás

    I've done that, it's kinda difficult (without equipment), mainly as some of the cliffs are slippery

  • Aiden Losh
    Aiden Losh 6 meses atrás

    Can someone please make a series like his for places in Michigan? I like learning about all these interesting places in the UK and in the rest of Europe, but it'd be great to learn more interesting places I can visit closer to home.

  • Jimmy B
    Jimmy B 6 meses atrás

    More of this is needed.
    Instead of the more and more prevalent pooosification of society.

  • bmitzleplick
    bmitzleplick 6 meses atrás

    People do this, people take a small but significant risk and watch Tom Scott for no other reason than...he's there.
    All in jest, thanks for the vids Tom :)

  • Haunter
    Haunter 6 meses atrás +1

    I’m genuinely impressed that this still exists.

  • United Ponies
    United Ponies 6 meses atrás

    We have those kinds of chains all over the Alps in Switzerland. They are used for hiking paths where you need something to hold on to but no harness is necessary. But I guess if you are hiking you already know how to use those carefully or are accompanied by a guide.

  • Mathew Liam Howarth
    Mathew Liam Howarth 6 meses atrás

    I enjoyed this more than I thought I would, but then again, i have enjoyed all of your videos.

  • David Atwell
    David Atwell 6 meses atrás +2

    Kirk: "Not to mention the most important reason for climbing a mountain."
    Spock: "And that is?"
    Kirk: "Because it's there."

  • Danny Pipe Wrench
    Danny Pipe Wrench 6 meses atrás +1

    "For no other reason than it's there." That is the same reason I have been trying to drive on every part of every highway in Arizona and eastern California.

  • Deltarious
    Deltarious 6 meses atrás +1

    This video was good enough that I am now significantly interested in visiting here, thanks a lot!

  • Patrick Star
    Patrick Star 6 meses atrás +1

    Sometimes it's not about the destination but the journey how we got there.

  • 6Omni6Draconian6
    6Omni6Draconian6 6 meses atrás

    Can't wait! Looks challenging and fun

  • Sarah Michie
    Sarah Michie 6 meses atrás

    Tom I lived 10 miles from there my whole childhood and never knew Elie had this. How do you find these things??

  • Lone wolf
    Lone wolf 6 meses atrás

    Tom puts out a new video. And now we know. Keep it up. Love getting this kind of knowlege that you are making.

  • Signed out
    Signed out 6 meses atrás

    you make it seem so easy, Tom Scott, Britains most experienced rock climber 2000 🏆

  • Vigilant Cosmic Penguin
    Vigilant Cosmic Penguin 6 meses atrás +1

    "For no other reason than... it's there."
    Really describes a lot of the Amazing Places, doesn't it?

  • S11
    S11 6 meses atrás +1

    Hopefully this and many other things like it survive the pressure of commitees/focus groups trying to purge everything that isnt completely safe and accessible to people of all ages and abilities...

  • AholeAtheist
    AholeAtheist 6 meses atrás

    This is great. Definitely something I'd love to do.

  • MathTutorPh
    MathTutorPh 6 meses atrás

    When Tom features a so-called dangerous place, you know it really isn't.

  • Darryl Mayle
    Darryl Mayle 6 meses atrás

    When Jay and Tom upload within hours of each other, you know you've reach the UK BRclip elite.

  • CurlyQue415
    CurlyQue415 6 meses atrás

    You should cover the Via Ferratas in Italy! Mountaineering routes bolted with aid devices all the way up a mountain.