A pretty market town

Visit Cockermouth in Cumbria

Cockermouth is a pretty market town with a tree-lined Main Street. You will find a range of interesting independent shops including butchers, bakers and a bookshop.

Two rivers flow through the town, the River Derwent and its tributary, the River Cocker, hence the town’s name. You can see the Cocker joining the Derwent at Brewery Bridge from the confluence area viewpoint.

Cockermouth festivals and events

First of all, Cockermouth is noted for its Taste Cockermouth festival, a major food event held every September and December. Likewise, visitors enjoy its range of events. Northbound, is a free summer music festival and the Malcolm Wilson Rally starts in the town every March. Two stages of the 2018 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain visited the town on 5 and 6 September 2018. Thousands of people come along to support their favourite racers.

Birthplace of Wordsworth

Birthplace of Wordsworth The town is probably bestknown as the birthplace of William and Dorothy Wordsworth. Also, their father’s grave can been seen in the town’s All Saint’s churchyard. Their home, Wordsworth House  is now in the care of the National Trust. It provides a fascinating insight into how the future poet and his family lived in the 18thcentury.

Famous sons

Other famous Cockermouthians include Fletcher Christian of mutiny on the Bounty fame and the astronomer Fearon Fallows. Scientist John Dalton of atomic theory fame was born in nearby Eaglesfield. Cockermouth Civic Trust’s Town Trail provides a fascinating insight into the history of the town.

Traditionally brewed

Another reason to visit is Jennings Brewery.  They brew ales in the traditional way, little changed from when the Jennings Brothers established their brewery back in the 19th century. Also, don’t forget the Brewery at the Bitter End Brew Pub, one of the smallest breweries in the area.

Art and culture

Another must visit is the Kirkgate Centre with its eclectic mix of performance, music and film. Castlegate House Gallery  is also a culture pick, specialising as it does in 20th century and contemporary British art.

Independent shops

Cockermouth is noteworthy for its independent shops. You can browse the books in the bookshop, try some tasty local food, or delight in the fun to be had at the toy shop. Cash in the attic? The town also has a wealth of antique shops.

Walking base

Because of its location, Cockermouth is an ideal base for exploring the lakes and fells, as well as the Solway coast.

Finally, for walkers, the John Dalton Way is a 45km route commemorating the local lad who went on to formulate atomic theory. He was born in the hamlet of Eaglesfield in 1766. The walk  takes you through the lovely villages and countryside between Cockermouth and the coast.

cockermouth main street lake district
Cockermouth town Allerdale

Cockermouth hotels & accommodation

There is a wealth of choice of accommodation in Cockermouth. Choose from a great selection of the best quality hotels, such as the famous Trout Hotel, or one of the many B&B’s and self-catering cottages.

Cockermouth restaurants, cafes & pubs

Cockermouth has a well-deserved reputation for great food and drink. It has Traditional Cumbrian pubs such as the Bitter End and cafes that include the Coffee Kitchen, Wild Zucchini’s and the Moon and Sixpence. If you’re looking for something a bit more exotic Cockermouth offers Indian (Spice Club), Chinese / Thai (Bamboo) and even Turkish (Aspava). The Quince and Medlar shouldn’t be missed if you’re looking for a fantastic, fine dining vegetarian option.

Things to do in Cockermouth

Cockermouth sits rights on the edge of the Lake District National Park. It is only a short trip away from the stunning Buttermere, Loweswater and Whinlatter Forest Park. The town itself offers a wide range of independent shops as well as great cafes, bars and restaurants. Wordsworth House, the birthplace of the famous poet William Wordsworth, is a must-see. It’s great starting point for a stroll along the banks of the River Derwent through Memorial Gardens.

Events in Cockermouth

Cockermouth offers a packed annual events calendar. The Malcolm Wilson Rally starts from the town centre every Spring, with other great events including Northbound Music Festival, Cockermouth Live and Woolfest. Festive events in the town include Taste Cumbria Christmas, Christmas lights switch-on day and the eye-catching annual lantern parade.

How to find Cockermouth:

Taste Cumbria Cockermouth, every September and December

The premier Lake District food and drink festival