Cockermouth is a busy little Lake District market town that often gets overlooked in favour of some of the more central and well-known spots. The town is situated at the head of the River Cocker and sits on the edge of the Lake District; nonetheless, the wide range of facilities available make it an excellent base for exploring the area and mean it is often far quieter than Ambleside, Keswick, or Windermere. The town offers a full range of eating, drinking, shopping, and banking facilities as well as being home to Cumbria's best known and loved brewers, Jennings! If you're an ale lover, try the Lakeland or Wainwright's ales -- you won't be sorry! Most of the facilities are clustered along the High Street and around the ancient marketplace and there are no shortage of pubs, takeaways, and food shops.
There is a lot of Georgian architecture and you will often see flood lines marked on buildings that indicate how high flood waters have risen during the turbulent history of the town; as recently as half a decade ago, the town was flooded and it caused major disruption, however things have now returned to normal.
Your options for hostels in Cockermouth will place you an easy, fifteen-minute hop from the bright lights and action of High Street. It's a pleasant walk along the river from town through parkland to your Cockermouth hostel. In addition to visiting the brewery, there are the remains of the castle, the house where Wordsworth once lived, and the Kirkgate Cultural Centre. Cockermouth is a real, working Lakeland town and all the more appealing for that. Discover it and you will find more locals and less tourists than most other spots you are likely to visit.
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