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Why do people find the name so funny?
Cockermouth in General
Member Name: mmmbuffy
Cockermouth in General
Date: 08/08/01, updated on 08/08/01 (194 review reads)
Advantages: Beautiful scenery, Lots of things for all people, Funny name?
Disadvantages: none, none, none
Cockermouth is a town with what some consider having a funny name. I don't know why this is, personally I wouldn't laugh at hearing it for the first time, but lets face it, I bet you're sitting there, gathering your friends and telling them how you just discovered this really funny place name.
Cockermouth is situated on the very edge of the Lake District National Park, and so has some very nice scenery to offer. It's relatively small, around three miles, so there isn't really a lot on offer for the locals, but don?t worry, there is plenty for tourists to see and do. I should probably mention that is expanding, recently opening up an Aldi and the Lakes Home Centre.
For the tourists you have the following attractions:
Sheep and Wool Centre ? Here you can find out about the history of Cumbria, they also have a range of different breeds of sheep and perform regular shows. It's a pretty good show, and I recommend seeing it if you are ever in the area (which you really should visit).
Wordsworth House ? This is the birthplace of the famous poet William Wordsworth. The house that he and his sister grew up in is still here today, and it is usually open for the public to have a look around (yet another reason for you to come and visit).
The Toy and Model Museum ? Ok, I don't know a great deal about this place, as I was very young the last time I visited, however I can tell you that I had a great time. The museum has a great range of, well, toys and models, and is something that the kids will really enjoy.
Cockermouth Castle ? This is not usually open to the public, however if you are lucky enough to be in Cockermouth at the right time, you will be able to have a guided tour of it, and it is well worth it, however as I mentioned, it isn't often open to the public. Oh, and recently Prince Charles visited this place, so you may as well visit too.
Jennings Brewery ? Jennings is probably
Cockermouth's best export, I?d say they are the brewers of Cumbria's finest ale. You can have a guided tour of the brewery, and as if that isn't tempting enough, you get to have free samples, you get that, FREE samples, so come on, yet another great reason to visit Cockermouth.
There are a load of decent accommodation in Cockermouth, so if you do decide (which you shouldn't need to, you should be planning your trip right now) there are some decent places to stay the night, weekend, or week if you want. I would recommend the Wordsworth Hotel, personally I think that this is the best hotel in town, and if you are going to visit, I would stay here. There are also three (I think) caravan parks in Cockermouth. We have the Windsor Caravan Park, I don?t know a lot about this one, but it is just across the road from Cockermouth School (one of the best public schools in the region), but from what I have seen does look quite good. The other two are on my very street! The first is a caravan park called Violet Bank, it's not exactly on my road, but it's drive way is and I also don't know too much about this one either. The third doesn't have a name (I don't think), my next door neighbours run one using their garden, which is fairly big, and makes a nice caravan park, however since it changed owners it hasn't been as nice. You can't imagine the jokes I receive living next to a caravan park, I swear, some people.
Now, for the younger of you, there isn't a great nightlife. There are a few pubs and restaurants, but there isn't any real clubs, we do have Sam's bar, which has a one o'clock licence, and is the place to go when the rest of the bars are closing. A typical Friday night is starting off at the Bull, then to Flecters, then to Mickey's, then to Sam's. Not to worry though, Workington is only 15 miles away, and is home to Cumbria's best club, Fusion. As well as Fusion, there are quite a
few other clubs in Workington, so the night life isn't far if you are visiting.
For the outdoor type there is so much on offer, I can't go through them all because there is just so much. Ok, there isn't too much in Cockermouth, but yet again Keswick is only a few miles away, and you can do pretty much anything there. You can go walking, sailing, canoeing, climbing, paragliding, abseiling, my personal favourite ? paint balling, and so much more. And the drive from Cockermouth to Keswick is loaded with beautiful scenery, you got to drive past a lake, mountains, forests, it is really something quite special (not that it is a great distance, you could probably walk there in an hour).
As you probably know, Cumbria is one of the worst areas in the country that foot and mouth has had a massive impact on, and Cockermouth is no different. Now, there are a lot of people that are under the impression that the footpaths are still closed, well no, a lot people are wrong, in fact, just about all of the paths are open again. So if you enjoy history, outdoors, and fun, Cockermouth is open for business, and it would be really great if people would start flooding back to visit.
Oh yeah, I should probably mention that Cockermouth is one of few gem towns in the country.
It is a really great place to visit, and I would recommend it to anyone who feels like visiting somewhere beautiful this summer, or whenever, this is the place to visit.