Lying just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park
Cockermouth is an attractive market town not overwhelmed by the tourist atmosphere of Keswick and Ambleside. Cockermouth grew up at the junction of the two most important rivers in the area. Here the River Cocker, flowing out of the lakes of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater meets the River Derwent on its journey from Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake to the sea.
Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Today's visitors are attracted by the town's calm, its nearness to some of the more peaceful lakes and mountains, and the fact that Dorothy and William Wordsworth were born here. The large Georgian house in the Main Street where they were born, is now in the care of the National Trust. John Dalton, born in 1766, the originator of the Atomic Theory, and Fletcher Christian, born in 1764, of Bounty fame, were born in Eaglesfield, near Cockermouth.
Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Market Place, seen below, contains many interesting places to visit. Jennings Brewery offers excellent 1.5 hour tours which explain the various processes involved in brewing traditional beer. The Castlegate Gallery, up the hill, is an art gallery which often features works produced by Cumbrian artists. The Kirkgate Centre nearby, is Cockermouth's centre for art, theatre and music
Britain's Favourite View
We are within easy driving distance of "Britain's Favourite View" - Wastwater in the wasdale valley