Sutton Bridge is the  nearest village to the site and is home to the infamous swing bridge (pictured). Sutton Bridge also offers a well stocked Co-op supermarket, post office and doctors surgery . There are also a few specialist shops, including a hardware shop where gas can be purchased. Fish & Chips & other takeaways are available. To the East of Sutton Bridge, if you follow the road beside the river, you can reach the mouth of the river Nene. From here,  the Sir Peter Scott walk is of huge interest to keen bird watchers, and spectacular views over the marshes and the Wash can be seen. If you are feeling energetic, you can walk to King's Lynn from here along the sea bank.

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Wisbech is a small Georgian town situated on the banks of the River Nene. The North Brink, Crescent and Museum Square are amongst the finest examples of Georgian Street architecture in the country.

The National Trust property, Peckover House, is well worth a visit.

Octavia Hill Museum is the birthplace od Octavia Hill, co-founder of the National Trust. The museum commemorates and records her life and work for housing reform.

Wisbech is also home to Elgoods Brewery where Real Ales have been brewed for more than 200 years. The brewery is open for guided tours and beer tasting.

Tesco, Morrisons and Asda are amongst the supermarkets here,  along with a small cinema.

Spalding is a small Georgian Town on the river Welland. Ayscoughee Halls & Gardens house a museum depicting life in the srea over the centuries. The area comes alive during the Spring when many local churches hold their flower festivals, the bulb fields are in flower and the flower parade comes to town.

Also at Spalding is Springfields Outlet Shopping and Gardens which is home to over 40 outlet stores selling famous brands at discounted prices.

Moulton Windmill has the distinction of being the largest surviving windmill in the whole country and is open to the public.

Long Sutton & Holbeach are small market towns  with a variety of small shops and cafes. A lovely small market is held on Fridays in Long Sutton.

King's Lynn is a historic medieval port dating back to the 12th century.  It was home to Captain George Vancouver born 1757, who's voyages took him to Canada. At the heart of the old town is the Saturday Market Place. Here the chequered-fronted Trinity Guildhall tells the stories of some of Lynn's more infamous characters. The Green Quay exhibits the unique wildlife of the Wash while Trues Yard Museum  focuses on the town's fishing history. King's Lynn also boasts England's only surviving Hanseatic Warehouse, but the most famous monument to maritime prosperity is it's Custom house, built by Henry Bell in 1683 where you can see a display of the maritime history of the town. At Lynn Museum you can see Sea Henge, antique fairground horses and a special collection of Nelson memorabilia. King's Lynn has an extensive pedestrianised shopping centre with major stores such as M & S and Debenhams. Market day is on Tuesdays and there is a small theatre and cinema.  Major supermarkets are to be found on the outskirts of town .

Much of it designated an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty, the West Norfolk Coastline is a mass of sand-dunes, reed beds and clear horizons. Old Hunstanton, Brancaster and Holkham, in particular, have lovely beaches. Boat trips are available from several points along the coast.  To the south of Hunstanton towards King's Lynn and  then west towards Sutton Bridge, the coastline forms part of The Wash, the largest estuary system in the UK, which is recognised as a critically important site for wildlife.

Hunstanton is an attractive Victorian resort ideal for families. which has achieved Seaside Awards for cleanliness and amenities for several years. At Old Hunstanton you will find the famous striped cliffs, a haven for fossil hunters.

Coastal nature reserves and bird sanctuaries provide habitats for less common species. The RSPB reserve at Titchwell has both fresh and saltwater lagoons and extensive reed beds, with avocets and other waders among the many species. Snettisham Coastal Park and nearby RSPB reserve provide an ideal environment for many migratory species.

Castle Rising is one of the most famous 12th Century castles in England. The stone keep, built about 1140AD, is amongst the finest surviving examples of its kind anywhere in the country and, together with the massive surrounding earthworks, ensures that Rising is a castle of national importance.

Sandringham is the much-loved country retreat of Her Majesty The Queen, and has been the private home of four generations of British monarchs since 1862. The house is perhaps the most famous stately home in Norfolk. It is set in the heart of the Sandringham Estate, 240 hectares of which make up the woodland and heath of the Country Park, open to the public free of charge every day of the year. The House is open to the public during the summer months, with knowledgeable guides in every room and acres of beautiful gardens to explore. the visitor centre has a restaurant and shop. Sandringham Flower Show usually takes place in July annually and is normally visited by The Duke and Duchess of Cornwall.