Cockermouth’s Kirkgate, with its many listed buildings.

Built as a market town, close to a fast flowing river in a farming area with a tradition of cloth weaving Cockermouth became a hub for spinning and weaving. Records show that the town had a fulling mill by 1156 and by the mid nineteenth century there were over forty industrial sites; mills (wool, linen, cotton), hat factories, tanneries and smaller concerns making chairs, churns, mangle rollers, nails and farm machinery.[6][11]

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'Cockermouth', is 'the mouth of the River Cocker', and the river takes its name from the Brythonic Celtic word "kukrā", meaning 'the crooked one.'[4] It has frequently been noted on lists of unusual place names.[5]

Stephen & Claire welcome you to the Ouse Bridge, our homely Edwardian house overlooking Bassenthwaite and Skiddaw. You will be warmly welcomed into our home where you will enjoy first class hospitality, fantastic food and beautiful scenery.

The town centre is pretty compact, so no long walks are required, and there are three main shopping areas. Visit treelined Main Street, head to pretty Market Place, or find bustling Station Street – all of which have a great range of shops to visit. Don’t forget to look up as you wander the streets – you’ll spot some quirky architecture too.

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Two cycle routes pass through the town, the Sea to Sea Cycle Route from Workington to Tyneside, and the Reivers Cycle Route.

Local bus services connect Cockermouth to Workington, Penrith and Carlisle, operated by Stagecoach North West.

2 1⁄2 miles (4 kilometres) northwest of the town lies Dovenby Hall Estate, a 115-acre (47 ha) park and woodland estate. Dovenby Hall is the home of the Ford Rally team. The estate was bought in January 1998 by Malcolm Wilson for his M-Sport motorsport team and that was selected in 1996 by Ford Motorsport to build, prepare and run a fleet of cars for entry into the World Rally Championship.

Cockermouth School is a comprehensive secondary school with around 1400 pupils including 310 sixth formers. The current headmaster is Dr R Petrie. Cockermouth School won the regional championship in the north of England for the kids lit quiz 2009 coming 1st with 92 points[18]

The nearest major airport is Newcastle Airport. Leeds Bradford International Airport is a little further, and further again is Manchester Airport, which offers a wider choice of destinations.

The main cemetery on the Lorton Road is something of a walker's garden, featuring streams, humped stone bridges and views of the nearby fells.

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Plaza cinema with kiosk and bar serving sweets, popcorn, icecream, hot dogs and nachos, plus freshly ground coffee and alcoholic drinks.

A short scenic drive will get you to some of the county’s most beautiful lakes and fells, as well as attractions including Honister Slate Mine, Whinlattter Forest Park, Trotters World of Animals, and Maryport Aquarium. Come to Cockermouth for a day and you’ll want to return.

The Belle Vue Inn is a stylish mixture between traditional pub and modern restaurant.

“Spectacular recovery after the floods. Good community spirit. One of the most pretty and historic towns in Cumbria.” *

The Christmas lights are really special and you can count on the shops to decorate their windows with originality and humour. The Cockermouth Beer Festival is another winter highlight but if you miss it, the town has 15 pubs and bars that are open all year, not forgetting the Jennings Brewery tour!

Cockermouth has a temperate climate that is influenced by the Irish Sea and its low lying elevation. Cockermouth receives slightly below average rainfall compared to the UK average. Temperatures are also round about average compared to other parts of the UK. The nearest weather station for which online records are available is Aspatria, about 7 miles (11 kilometres) north-northeast of the town centre.

The nearest motorway is the M6 junction 40 at Penrith, which is 30 miles (48 km) away via the A66.

Flooding occurred again in 2015 when the River Derwent burst its banks on December 5, with several hundred homes and businesses affected.[16]

Cockermouth has a sports centre with swimming pool, two gyms, and two parks with riverside walks.

Cockermouth owes its existence to the confluence of the rivers Cocker and Derwent, being the lowest point, historically, at which the resultant fast flowing river powered by the Lake District could be bridged.[6] Cockermouth is situated a few minutes travelling distance from lakes such as Crummock Water, Loweswater, and Bassenthwaite.

Located in a peaceful rural hamlet in the Lake District National Park. Easy access to fells, lakes and Solway coast. A 17thC converted stone barn with lofted ceilings and exposed stone walls.The Hayloft is exceptionally clean and warm.


On the outskirts of town are the supermarkets – find them at the top of Station Street or follow the south bank of the River Derwent to Low Road – as well as home and garden centres and car showrooms.

Cockermouth has three primary schools. These are Fairfield Primary School, All Saints Church of England Primary School and St. Joseph's Catholic Primary School.

There is something to suit every taste in Cockermouth from award-winning B&Bs to boutique hotels. If you prefer a rural setting, the surrounding villages offer cottages, farm B&Bs, cosy inns and country house hotels – all located just a short drive from the town.

The town was the birthplace of William Wordsworth and Dorothy Wordsworth. Others include:

Cockermouth School has an Astroturf pitch used for community football, including the local 6-a-side league.[21]

There is a cycleway which runs along the former Cockermouth, Keswick and Penrith Railway route, and spans a high bridge over the Cocker affording views of the town and river-scape.

Cockermouth /ˈkɒkərməθ/[1] is an ancient market town and civil parish in the Borough of Allerdale in Cumbria, England, and is so named because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. The mid-2010 census estimates state that Cockermouth has a population of 8,204,[2] increasing to 8,761 at the 2011 Census.[3]

Many of the facades lining the streets are frontages for historic housing in alleyways and lanes (often maintaining medieval street patterns) to the rear. Examples of Georgian residences may be found near the Market Place, St. Helens Street, at the bottom of Castlegate Drive and Kirkgate.

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If you want to visit chain stores in town centre which is a clone of hundreds of others across the UK, you won’t find them in Cockermouth. Our visitors take pride in being able to do all their shopping in small independent shops where the owners and staff are friendly and give a personal service.

The town market pre-dates 1221, when the market day was changed from Saturday to Monday. Market charters were granted in 1221 and 1227 by King Henry III, although this does not preclude the much earlier existence of a market in the town.[12] In recent times, the trading farmers market now only occurs seasonally, replaced by weekend continental and craft markets.

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Our great local facilities include the Kirkgate Arts Centre and the Leisure Centre and Pool, or you can enjoy walking, cycling and golf in beautiful surroundings - and there’s always a chance of seeing a red squirrel.