A small bustling and historical market town with a population of just under 10,000, located just outside of the north western fringe of the Lake District National Park.

It is one of only 51 towns in Great Britain designated as a ‘Gem’ town and therefore recommended for preservation as part of our national heritage.

Famously the birthplace of William Wordsworth, it lies at the junction of the Rivers Derwent and Cocker, it has Roman heritage with a fort at Papcastle.  The main town developed under the Normans who built Cockermouth Castle, little of which remains thanks to the efforts of Robert the Bruce.

The centre of the town retains much of its historical character and with the renovation of the Market Place, it now has an artistic and cultural focus.

Transport links are provided by the A66 to the east and west and the A595 north to Carlisle and west to Workington.

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