Cockermouth is as charming as any of England's market towns with a weekly market, an excellent array of eateries, and attractions that include Wordsworth House. It sits on the River Derwent and is the starting point for fantastic walks and bike rides, being just over the border of the Lake District National Park and close to beaches and forests. Walking, mountain biking, fishing and sailing are only a few of the many wonderful ways to have fun when you stay at Kia Ora - a lovely holiday cottage about a mile from the centre of town and within walking distance of places to eat, drink and shop. The dog-friendly cottage sleeps up to four people in two bedrooms and is perfect for couples, families and friends.
Modern and comfy, Coldgill View is perfectly placed between the Solway Coast and fells of the Lake District National Park, providing an excellent base for those who want to walk, explore or simply relax. Popular with families, friends and dog owners, this well presented holiday home sleeps up to seven guests in four bedrooms and sits in the Cumbrian village of Great Broughton close to Cockermouth (five minutes drive), Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake and the coastal town of Maryport.
A lovely holiday apartment for one or two people on the upper floor of the lovely Embleton Spa Hotel, Ennerdale Apartment is perfect for those in the area for a holiday or business, with far-reaching fell views from the living room and the bedroom. The kitchen is well-equipped for self-catering, though being part of the hotel means that the relaxed bar and restaurant is only downstairs. A full Cumbrian breakfast is included, setting you up for a day of exploration and fun.
Combine the comforts of a hotel with the space and privacy of a self-catering cottage in this charming ground floor apartment. As part of the Embleton Spa Hotel, guests receive a tasty Cumbrian breakfast every day and have access to the hotel's leisure facilities that include a pool, gym and steam room, as well as a bar and restaurant. The apartment is also ideal for self-catering with a full-sized, fully equipped kitchen and two bedrooms with space for up to five people. Skiddaw, Cockermouth, Keswick, Bassenthwaite Lake and the Cumbrian Coast are all within easy reach, as are a host of favourite all-weather attractions.
Made just for two, this dog-friendly self-catering cottages offers all the right ingredients to relax and unwind. Lovely walks by day with the use of a hot tub to bubble your aches away afterwards. A great base for exploring the tranquil beautiful Ellen Vale sandwiched between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast, as well as the many attractions of the nearby Lake District. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Tucked away in 88 acres of woodlands near the village of Bothel on the edge of the Lake District National Park, 1 and 2 The Saplings are cosy holiday cottages at any time of the year. Each sleeps four guests in two bedrooms, and with accommodation all on one level, they are perfect for families, friends or couples looking to get away on a self-catering holiday. Ideally placed for walking and cycling, as well as conveniently located to explore all the attractions in the Lake District, you can choose to be as active or relaxed as you please.
Stay within sight of the Lakeland Fells and within easy reach of the beautiful Cumbrian coast at this charming Victorian cottage in Ireby, within walking distance of the village pub with footpaths and cycling routes from the door. The holiday cottage, which sleeps up to three people in two bedrooms and is ideal for a couple or a small family, is in the grounds of Woodlands Country House, where nothing but birdsong will disturb the peace and quiet. Bassenthwaite Lake is less than five miles away, and the Solway Coast AONB, Cockermouth and Keswick are all within a half hour's drive.
A Tailor-made romantic holiday retreat for two in the peaceful Ellen Vale, in Cumbria, between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast and within easy distance of the Lakes. With the use of a hot tub, couples are sure to get lots of relaxation on holiday. Tourist board rating: 4 Star
Tailor-made for two, Parlour Cottage is a romantic retreat in the peaceful Ellen Vale between Cockermouth and the Solway Coast in Cumbria. Within easy driving distance of the Lake District National Park, there are an abundance of great days out for couples as well as lovely walks on the doorstep. Sit back in the hot tub and enjoy the peace, tranquility and bird song! Tourist board rating: 4 Star
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Cockermouth Attractions - Cockermouth is far from a rural backwater. This bustling market town has a long history. Medieval settlers used the stones from ruined Roman buildings to construct the impressive castle that stands above the town. Now in private ownership, the castle is open to visitors on select days throughout the year and is worth seeing if you are fortunate enough to be there when it is accessible. One historical site you can see at any time is Wordsworth House and Garden. The elegant Georgian dwelling is the birthplace of one of England’s most beloved poets, William Wordsworth, who immortalised the Lake District in poems such as “Daffodils”. Stroll along the History Wall in Kings Arms Lane to find out more about the town’s past.
Self-catering holidays in Cockermouth are a pleasure thanks to the fantastic array of independent cafes and pubs, speciality shops and galleries, not to forget the weekly Friday market. Jennings Brewery has been brewing since 1828. Find their beers on tap in local pubs as well as for sale at the brewery shop, where they also offer tours of the facility. Tucked away behind the traditional shopfront of J.B. Banks ironmongers is a quirky speciality museum and workshop, while the Kirkgate Arts Centre has a full calendar of shows and entertainment. Cockermouth also has a leisure centre with a climbing wall and swimming pool, and several parks with play areas.
Walks, Bike Rides and Beauty Spots - The Lake District is renowned for the beauty of its landscape. It’s simply breathtaking. Fish flourish in the clean water of rivers and lakes, the latter of which mirror mountains in their surface. Walking and mountain biking are two fantastic ways to appreciate the scenery with the nearby Whinlatter Forest being perfect for both, as well as for seeing osprey, red squirrels and other birds and wildlife that thrive in this environment. Different local walks and beauty spots include Buttermere Lake, Crummock Water Lanthwaite Wood and the Dubwath Silver Meadows, and the long-distance Reivers Cycle Route also passes through the town. Those who need it can hire mountain bikes at Cyclewise on South Street in Cockermouth and Whinlatter Forest.
Day Trips from Cockermouth - One of the many positive things about a self-catering cottage holiday in Cockermouth is that there is so much within just a short drive. Fancy a day at the seaside? That’s no problem with St Bees, Seascale, Parton, West Shore Beach and Walney Island all close. Spend a day exploring Windermere and enjoying a hop-on-hop-off boat tour to reach attractions such as Wray Castle and the Museum on the Lake. Keswick is just 12 miles from Cockermouth with attractions that include the Derwent Pencil Museum, Puzzling Place, shops and a weekly Saturday market, museum, art gallery and climbing wall. Mayport has the Senhouse Roman Museum, Lake District Coast Aquarium and go-karting track, while Carlisle and Penrith each have an excellent variety of places to eat, drink and shop as well as museums and other attractions you would expect from a big town.
The Lake District National Park is only part of what makes Cumbria such a fantastic choice for a holiday destination. Staying at Cockermouth puts you in prime position to experience everything that makes this part of the UK so unique.