Beautiful market town Cockermouth in the North Lakes sits midway between Bassenthwaite Lake and the coast, and is ideally situated for touring, just off the A66 main road. Cockermouth is famously the birthplace of the great Romantic poet William Wordsworth, the poet's childhood home, Wordsworth House attracts Wordsworth fans from across the world.
A host of attractions sit in and around Cockermouth from outdoor activities in the surrounding lakes to brewery tours, fine independent shops and galleries, and local fun family farm shows. Enjoy live music festivals including an annual not for profit Rock Festival at Wellington Farm, featuring the best of local bands. Visitors can also enjoy a year round programme of cinema, theatre and music at the Kirkgate Arts Centre in the town.
Offering a more peaceful setting than Keswick and Ambleside, Cockermouth is a meeting place of rivers including the River Cocker and the River Derwent. The town is surrounded by some of the Lake District's most beautiful lakes including Buttermere, Crummock Water and Bassenthwaite, all of which offer opportunities for outdoor activities and walking. Outdoor activity centres in Cockermouth offer a packed programme of everything from rock climbing and ghyll scrambling to raft building and sailing.
Pretty independent shops and galleries in Cockermouth line the main street near Wordsworth House alongside charming real ale pubs and a selection of stylish restaurants and cafes. Take the fascinating Jennings Brewery Tour just off Main Street near the ruins of 13th century Cockermouth Castle. Jennings are one of Cumbria's most famous brewers - they've been brewing here in Cockermouth, using pure Lakeland water, for over 175 years.
The hub for Cockermouth arts including theatre, festivals and film, the Kirkgate is Cockermouth's central arts centre with exhibition space available. Art house and main stream films are regularly screen here at this former derelict school which through the incredible hard work of local businesses, charities and residents was beautifully restored. Quality musical events also feature in the Kirkgate's packed programme of arts.
Elva Plain Stone Circle is located just east of Cockermouth on the southern slope of Elva Hill. The backdrop view to the east is dominated by the great peak of Skiddaw across Bassenthwaite Lake. The 15 stones of Elva Plain sit on a level terrace on a hillside and the tallest stone is just under one metre. Within easy reach of Cockermouth, Elva Plain Stone Circle forms an almost perfect circle some 40 metres in diameter.
The site probably dates from late Neolithic times and has been linked with the trade in Neolithic axes. The route was from the factory sites in the central fells through Borrowdale and over the hills east of Bassenthwaite. The circle is on private ground belonging to Elva Farm, but may be approached on a footpath from the Cockermouth to Higham Hall Road.