The North Lakes Area of Cumbria
Cockermouth is a market town of some seven thousand inhabitants, which lies at the north western corner of the English Lake District. It dates from Norman times, and developed at the confluence of two rivers – the Derwent and Cocker.
Much of the medieval street plan remains, and there are many features of historical interest. This led to its inclusion in the 1965 list of ‘gem towns’, that was compiled by the Department of the Environment, recommending preservation by the State as part of the national heritage.
Keswick is a market town of some 5000 inhabitants. It has a fantastic setting between Derwentwater, Blencathra and Skiddaw, and is the favourite centre for Lakeland climbers and serious fell walkers.