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Cockermouth is approx. 5 miles and is an ancient market town and is so names because it is at the confluence of the River Cocker as it flows into the River Derwent. It is also the birthplace of William Wordworth. His house in the town is now a museum, painstakingly restored.  It is also popular with antique hunters as there are several seemly cavernous antique shops in the town and a popular auction house.  Cockermouth is just three miles from Crummock Water and the dramatic Lakeland mountains. Cockermouth is a thriving market town with medieval and Georgian streets beneath the castle walls. Events in Cockermouth include the Georgian Re-enactments, Malcolm Wilson moto Rally, Woolfest, Taste Cumbria, Agricultural Show.

Keswick is approx. a 20 minute drive.  Keswick on Derwentwater and the Northern Lakes cover one half of the Lake District National Park.

Nestled on the shores of Derwentwater, and has a wide array of shops and galleries.  This is a wonderful area on which to try new and existing outdoor activities.  Walkers and climbers are spoilt for choice, from the high summits to forest trails and lake side paths; there are walking routes suitable for all.

There is a good choice of attractions, visitor centers and parks just waiting to be explored with something for every taste and age group. Guided walks, group walks, climbing with experts and experience days are available. Keswick has two parks with beautiful floral displays and wide open green spaces with space for both quiet relaxation and games. For those wishing to find out more about the rich cultural and industrial heritage of the area there is the opportunity to visit museums and historic houses.

The beautiful Solway Coast with its broad expanses of tidal waters, mudflats, salt marshes and sand dunes is a designated Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and a bird watchers’ paradise.

At the western end is the Victorian seaside town of Silloth. Here you can sample traditional potted shrimps and stroll along the seafront promenade. To the east and overlooking the Solway Firth, the frontier villages of Bowness-on-Solway, Drumburgh, Burgh-by-Sands, Beaumont, Kirkandrews-on-Eden and Grinsdale are all linked by the line of Hadrian’s Wall, which officially ends at Bowness.

On Burgh marsh you can find the Edward I Monument. Erected in 1685 and rebuilt in 1803, the monument was built on the site where it is believed Edward (known as Hammer of the Scots) died on 7th July 1307.

All along this rich coastline are hidden surprises, a wealth of national and local nature reserves and plenty of fresh salty air to put a spring in your step.

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