The Area

Cockermouth is an attractive town not overwhelmed by the tourist atmosphere of Keswick and Ambleside. It is well served by bus transport.

The nearest rail station is Maryport, however, it is easier to get a train to Penrith or Carlisle and then bus to Cockermouth. (The bus stop is directly outside Penrith Station but not Carlisle) The bus stop on Main Street is about 400 yards flat walking to Banks Court House Apartment.

Cycle Links. Banks Court House Apartment is on the Border Reivers and C2C route. For any bicycle repairs - 4Play Cycles - 25 Market Place, Cockermouth, CA13 9NH.

Cockermouth grew up at the junction of the two most important rivers in the area. Here the River Cocker, flowing out of the lakes of Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater meets the River Derwent on its journey from Derwentwater and Bassenthwaite Lake to the sea.
Wordsworth House, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Today's visitors are attracted by the town's calm, its nearness to some of the more peaceful lakes and mountains, and the fact that Dorothy and William Wordsworth were born here. The large Georgian house in the Main Street where they were born, is now in the care of the National Trust. John Dalton, born in 1766, the originator of the Atomic Theory, and Fletcher Christian, born in 1764, of Bounty fame, were born in Eaglesfield, near Cockermouth.

Market Place, Cockermouth, Cumbria
Market Place, seen on the left, contains many interesting places to visit. Jennings Brewery offers excellent 1.5 hour tours which explain the various processes involved in brewing traditional beer. The Castlegate Gallery, up the hill, is an art gallery which often features works produced by Cumbrian artists. The Kirkgate Centre nearby, is Cockermouth's centre for art, theatre and music

J.B.Banks & Son Ltd on the left with the gilded key above the door is worth a visit. Established in 1836 it sells a wide variety of stock including quality hand tools - including 2nd hand, door furniture, enamelware & other quirky items. It has a museum in the rear of the shop showcasing the original Victorian Workshop and the shop office.

Within a short distance of Cockermouth are some of the Lake District's most attractive lakes - Loweswater, Crummock Water, Buttermere and Bassenthwaite Lake.

The towns of Keswick and Whitehaven are only some 12 miles away, and both contain a variety of places of interest.