THE EDGE
VACATION & HOLIDAY GUIDE TO
CUMBRIA & THE LAKE DISTRICT


COCKERMOUTH, CUMBRIA

Main Street, Cockermouth.

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Cockermouth
Location:
OS ref
NY 125305
Sheet 89.
On the NW
edge of the
Lake District
National Park.

Nearest
Towns:

Maryport
West on the
A594.
6mls/10km.

Keswick
SE on the A66.
12mls/20km.

Lakes:
Bassenthwaite
Loweswater
Crummock
Water.

There are many
more in easy
reach.

Cumberland
Mustard

Genealogy

Cockermouth, northern gateway to the lakes, is perhaps best known as the birthplace of William Wordsworth, one of the most famous poets England has produced. However, there is considerably more than this to this wonderful town.

The town has something of a reputation for good shopping and has a great many amenities and activities, including Wordsworth's house (open to the public), four museums, a sports centre with an excellent swimming pool, golf, fishing on the Derwent and Cocker rivers ( incidentally Bing Crosby has enjoyed the fishing here), horse and pony riding, walking, climbing, sailing, tennis, squash, sheep dog trials, cycling, football, cricket, fell racing, Cumberland Wrestling; and last but by no means least Gurning, the pulling of ridiculous facial expressions while wearing a horsecollar round the neck: highly entertaining and usually performed in pubs.

Cockermouth has it's own brewery- Jennings- which makes excellent real ales and a stout, and supplying many of the pubs in and around the town as well as across Cumbria and beyond. You can go on a guided tour through the brewery and sample its produce.

Cockermouth offers some of the best accommodation in the county, and you don't need the late Bing Crosby's bank balance to stay: all budgets are provided for. In addition to the hotels there are many Guest Houses, bed and breakfast establishments and of course Inns, all pleased to cater for your needs.

Cockermouth is a handsome town with the long and wide Main Street, where you will find many shops and amenities. Leading off Main Street on the south side are more streets and squares with more shops to tempt you. This is the bustling centre of the town on market day, Monday: a market charter was granted in 1221. Most of the town lies to the south of Main Street; to the north is the River Derwent overlooked by the Castle.

Exploration of the town is rewarded by discovering fine old buildings, alleyways and streets. If you walk up to the Church Rooms past All Saints Church and the Town Hall you come to a plaque on the wall referring to the old Grammar School that stood here and where Fletcher Christian, who led the Mutiny on the Bounty, was educated.

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