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Welcome to Cockermouth, a beautiful Georgian market town on the edge of the Lake District and home of Wordsworth House. Amidst award winning architecture, a rich local heritage and delightful landscape setting, there is a wide variety of activities for visitors. Starting at the west end of Main Street is Wordsworth House, the birthplace of the poet William.
Lying just outside the boundary of the Lake District National Park, Cockermouth is an attractive market town not overwhelmed by the tourist
atmosphere of Keswick and Ambleside.
Cockermouth grew up at the junction of the two most important rivers in the area. Here the River Cocker, flowing out of the lakes Buttermere, Crummock and Loweswater meets the River Derwent on its journey from lakes Derwent and Bassenthwaite to the sea at Workington.
The Romans built the fort of Deventio at Papcastle, about a mile from the present town, at a meeting place of roads from Maryport, Carlisle and Penrith. Cockermouth Castle was built in the 13th century, but little of that remains because of the efforts of Robert the Bruce. The majority of today's ruins date from 1360 to 1370, though there have been some modern additions. The castle is privately owned, and not normally open to the public. Tours are often available during the Cockermouth Festival in July.