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Cockermouth in General
Member Name: rosiesmum
Cockermouth in General
Advantages: A pretty town and very relaxing
Cockermouth is a market town on the edge of the Lake District 8 miles east of Workington on the A66 and a very pretty place to visit.
Wordsworth House, the birthplace of the poet William Wordsworth is a must to look round
Open April-Oct, Mon-Fri, and Sat in June-Aug, 10:30-4:30 but I do advise you to go early because it is only a small house and gets very crowded in the height of summer especially after one o'clock. There is a lovely little tea room here, and I can recommend the scones but be prepared to pay a bit over the odds.
The streets are full of quaint little shops and coffee shops and of course a couple of old worldly style pubs. In the summer months it is nice to sit outside with a beer and just watch the world go by.
The Castle is at the eastern end of the town unfortunately you can only visit it to look around if you pre book in July when it is open to the public for the festival. The River Derwent runs along side the castle and is a nice walk to take in the scenery.
The Lakeland Sheep and Wool centre can be found at the roundabout coming into the town on the A66 it has 19 different breeds of sheep an interesting stop off for an hour or so. It has an indoor arena and you can watch sheep dogs displaying their skills and sheep shearing. I enjoyed watching the sheep shearers I must admit they are very quick.
Jennings Brewery is on the edge of the castle and you can take a tour around here and see how traditional ale is made. You will be able to sample a drop of the nectar but only a teeny weenie drop is offered for free.
All in all this is a nice town and definitely worth a visit if you are in the Lake District visit in the Spring and you will see hundreds of daffodils in bloom to remember that famous Wordsworth poet.
Summary: Well worth a visit
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