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Quaint Lake District town filled with ancient Roman ruins and a dominant castle

UK | North of England | Lake District | Cockermouth
Cockermouth town centre

The ancient market town of Cockermouth lies at the confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent on the north-western border of the Lake District National Park. The town retains much of its historical architecture with attractive 18th and 19th century buildings, with its castle and renovated medieval marketplace, which received its charter 800 years ago. Cockermouth is well-located in the Lake District for day trips to all the major lakes and the Solway Coast. If you felt ambitious you could also reach stretches of Hadrian’s Wall.

The ruins of the 12th century Cockermouth Castle, famed for its part in the War of the Roses. Although the ruins are located on a private estate there are open days. The castle was in the news in 2016 after bad storms washed away part of the cliffs it stands atop. The ‘Discovering Derventio’ archaeological project runs apace to rediscover the ancient remains of the Roman Fort which is one of the largest found in the north of England. It was partially unearthed in the floods of 2009.

Cockermouth has two particular famous sons – the poet William Wordsworth, a certain Fletcher Christian who led the infamous mutiny on The Bounty. Science buffs will recognise the name John Dalton who pioneered atomic theory. Visit the Cockermouth History Wall to get a full picture of the town’s past and its people.

Cockermouth has several good restaurants and takeaways. Why not pay a visit to The Honest Lawyer that promises a good fusion of French Italian influenced English-style cuisine in riverside surroundings. Or if you are looking for something simple pop into one of the town’s highly rated chippys? Lees or Windmill Fisheries. The town has some good pubs to spend the evening and a decent cinema or theatre in the Kirkgate Centre for entertainment.

There are two great trails around Cockermouth, the historic trail and the green circular, both of which give you contrasting flavours of the area. Both include very pleasant waterside walks in and around the area. Views of the castle and the mountains of the Lake District dominate the trails in this beautiful part of the north-west.

“William Wordsworth and the infamous Fletcher Christian were born in Cockermouth…”

Cockermouth has a good tourist information centre. So make sure you visit to get lots of local tips and updates about the area.

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While you’re there

Cockermouth Castle

Impressive remains of a 12th century castle, which played an important part in the Wars of the Roses 300 years after its construction.

The Kirkgate Centre

The town's major cultural centre, which holds major cultural events including theatre, international music and world cinema

Cockermouth Market

A 13th century market place, pedestrian-friendly with stone paving and roadways, underground lighting and brightly coloured seating.

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