But these are special marshes. Protected by the Norfolk Wildlife Trust, Cley Marshes is apparently one the best sites in Britain for spotting rare birds. We didn't see any rare birds on our walks...at least we don't think we did. But our powers of observation sharpened by a visit to Pensthorpe, we saw and heard quite a few common species.
Cley itself is a collection of flint cottages, separated by cobbled passageways with knobbly flint walls, some very old and some more modern,
all overlooked by an 18th-century windmill:
After wandering through the marshes, and stopping at Made in Cley (selling handmade pottery, including porcelain) and Crabpot Books (stocking a good selection of natural history and secondhand books),
we fortified ourselves with provisions from Picnic Fayre, the gourmet delicatessen,
and Cley Smokehouse, which makes and sells a divine trout and orange pate.
Cley may not have the sea, but with the wonderful walks, super shops, and fabulous food, we didn't really notice!