Cockermouth is an historic market town dating back to Roman times and set where the River Cocker joins the River Derwent. The town’s Main Street is wide and tree lined with many examples of Georgian architecture including Wordsworth House, the birth place of William and Dorothy Wordsworth.
Cockermouth is indeed the gateway to the Northern lakes and mountains. It is an ideal base for exploring and can feel less crowded than the busy Lake District towns of Keswick and Ambleside. It is also near the Solway Coast, the historic city of Carlisle, the Roman Wall, the Scottish Borders and even Gretna Green. The central Lake District is also within easy reach by car and bus.
In Cockermouth itself interesting places to visit include:
- Wordsworth House
- Castlegate House Art Gallery
- Jennings Brewery Museum and Tour
- The Auction House
- The Kirkgate Centre
- The Lakes Distillery
There is a swimming pool and sports centre; fishing for trout and salmon, golf, riding and tennis are among the many sports available. The attractive local park is a short walk away along the banks of the River Cocker, and the Memorial Gardens are situated on the banks of the River Derwent downstream from Cockermouth Castle.
And of course there is magnificent walking, climbing, mountain biking, canoeing, sailing and windsurfing, and for the thrill seeking there are many adventure activities such as paint balling, quad biking and Go Ape. All within easy access from Cockermouth itself.