Route: Cockermouth Town Trail 

Area: Western Lake District 

Date of walk: 26th May 2017

Walkers: Andrew and Gilly 

Distance: 2.2 miles

Weather: Sunny and very hot 

It’s not often that it’s too hot to venture up onto the Lakeland fells, but the gauge hit 30c today and so we decided to take a local amble.  Cockermouth is an unspoilt market town on the fringes of the Lake District. In November 2009 it suffered terrible damage when the rivers Cocker and Derwent, which join in the town, flooded most of the central area. Since then the town has been restored and given a fresh lick of paint. It’s an attractive place to visit, and much to be preferred to the tourist honeypots, especially on a bank holiday weekend such as this

The Cockermouth Town Trail takes in many of the points of interest in the town. A leaflet is available from the Tourist Information Centre in the town library and we followed the route described in it. The trail originally started from the Kirkgate Centre at a time when the Tourist Information office was nearby, but the office has relocated to the library, so the information plaques now start at number 9

In any event, we started at plaque number 1, where there is ample parking by the Kirkgate Centre

The photos tell the story of the walk, which only takes an hour or so, although it’s worth allocating longer and planning ahead by booking a tour of Jennings Brewery and a visit to Wordsworth House

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Click on the icon below for the route map (subscribers to OS Maps can view detailed maps of the route, visualise it in aerial 3D, and download the GPX file. Non-subscribers will see a base map)

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