GARDEN VIEW: THE SURROUNDING
Cockermouth is the birthplace of
William Wordsworth and blends history with modern living. William
Wordsworth's home is worth a visit, as is Jennings Brewery and Museum.
There are plenty of antique shops and cafes, including Merienda
which holds the occasional Jazz evening. There are a variety of
pubs and smaller shops (butchers, bakers etc) as well as a Sainsburys.
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Cockermouth the perfect starting place
to explore the northern Lake District and all it has to offer. Loweswater
& Buttermere are just 7 miles away, Ennerdale
is 10 miles and Keswick
with Derwentwater Lake is a 13 mile drive.
Ennerdale is famed for being the Lake District's wild
lake. You can walk round the bottom of it or venture up on the high
fells around it. There is a forest there too which has bike trails
through it. Bikes can be hired from the Shepherd's Arms pub in Ennerdale.
Horse Riding on Cold Fell
Just beyond Ennerdale, on Cold Fell, is Murthwaite
Farm which has pony trekking on the fell. Driving along the fell
road and coming across the ponies apparently roaming wild is quite
a sight to see.
Loweswater, Crummock Water & Buttermere
Loweswater is a peaceful lake which has a lakeside
path through deciduous woods with the Kirkstile
Inn at one end - a pub famed for good food.
At Crummock Water are the Rannerdale bluebells. Depending
on the weather, early May is the best time of year to pay a visit
here and it will create a lasting impression - I've never seen anything
quite like it. Take a picnic and just spend some time among the
The Proprietor of Buttermere Ayrshire Ice Cream
At Buttermere is a farm cafe which sells delicious
ice-creams and is well worth a visit.
Having visited Loweswater, Crummock Water and Buttermere,
drive through the Newlands Valley, over Whinlatter Forest Pass to
Braithwaite and then Keswick
beyond. It's a lovely drive and Keswick is a busy market town
(market day is Thursday and Saturday) with lots going on. There
is a theatre
hire and cinema
(which also shows World
Cinema films on a Sunday afternoon throughout winter).
Mirehouse, near Keswick
is a large manor house a couple of miles outside Keswick with gardens
which include four woodland playgrounds, a heather maze and a rhododendron
Cockermouth often gets the better weather being fairly
close to the coast. Silloth (about 17 miles away) is a designated
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The town was planned in the
1850s with a large seafront green and wide tree-lined avenues. The
sunsets are fabulous.
The coastal town of Maryport is about 6 miles away
and has an aquarium
which children love. A
blues festival is held in Maryport each year in July and attracts
big names such as Van Morrison and Gary Moore.
Courses in Cumbria provides a list of courses. Fairly close
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