Cockermouth is a pretty market town with a tree-lined Main Street featuring
a range of interesting independent stores with 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.
There is always something happening in Cockermouth. Main Street is given over to Taste Cockermouth, a major food festival every September and December; and there is Northbound, a free summer music festival. It is home to the Malcolm Wilson rally. Two stages of the 2018 Ovo Energy Tour of Britain visited the town on 5 and 6 September, with thousands of people coming along to support their favourite racers.
Christmas lights switch-on day is Sunday 18th November, with festive activities taking place on Main Street from 2pm to 6pm.
The town is well known as the birthplace of William and Dorothy Wordsworth and their father’s grave is in the town’s All Saints churchyard. Their home, Wordsworth House is now in the care of the National Trust who provide a fascinating insight into how the future poet and his family lived in the 18thcentury.
Other famous Cockermouthians include Fletcher Christian of mutiny on the Bounty fame, the astronomer Fearon Fallows and scientist John Dalton. Cockermouth Civic Trust’s Town Trail provides a fascinating insight into the history of the town.
While in town, make sure you visit Jennings Brewery to see how they brew ales in the traditional way, little changed from when the Jennings Brothers established their brewery back in the 19thcentury.
Also, don’t forget the Brewery at the Bitter End Brew Pub, one of the smallest breweries in the area.
Another must visit is the Kirkgate Centre with its eclectic mix of performance, music and film as well as the nearby Castlegate House Gallery which specialises in 20th century and contemporary British art.
Cockermouth is a lovely town to relax in and have a meal with family and friends. There is something for everyone: browse the books in the bookshop, try some tasty local grub, 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.
It is also an ideal base for exploring the lakes and fells, as well as the Solway coast. The John Dalton Way is a 45km route commemorating the local lad who went on to discover 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 and is highly recommended.
The premier Lake District food and drink festival