Call in at the tourist office for a Town Trail leaflet - a good starting point for exploring this delightful market town. On Main Street, step inside Wordsworth House (National Trust) and see childhood toys and more. Cockermouth has had its fair share of famous sons - Wordsworth, Fletcher Christian (of 'Mutiny on the Bounty' fame) and atomic theory pioneer John Dalton. Also in the town centre is Jennings Brewery, offering tours and tastings, plus lots of small, interesting shops, restaurants, cafés and pubs.
Join the party! Cockermouth's eclectic festival line-up includes wool, beer, rock and carnivals. There's also an agricultural show, Georgian Fair, Christmas illuminations - even lorry pulling contests! If your Cockermouth cottage stay falls during the Midsummer Festival, join the one-off tour of privately-owned Cockermouth Castle. Or head for the Kirkgate Centre for art, theatre, film and music.
No trip to The Lakes would be complete without dipping into the countryside and there's plenty right on the doorstep of your Cockermouth cottage. Use pedal power along the long-distance Reivers Cycle Route. Test your stamina climbing Skiddaw. Go Ape at Whinlatter Forest Park.
Daytrips from your Cockermouth cottage
Nautical exhibits and fishy fun at the maritime museum and aquarium in Maryport. Close encounters with zebra, gibbons and more at Trotters World of Animals on Bassenthwaite Lake. Shopping in Keswick. Or head south and tour the stunning Lorton Valley, gateway to Buttermere, Crummock Water and Loweswater.