|At the bottom of the street is the pub: The Bitter End...|
Being located where two rivers conjoin is a big disadvantage in times of flood. Everywhere we visited, there were lines marked on the outside and inside of buildings showing the level that the flood of 2009 had reached. It must have been awful. Floods are the main natural disaster Britain has (I gather there are some 'baby' tornadoes and the occasional mud slide). Fortunately, most of the buildings in Cockermouth are built of stone.
I don't know what the place was like before 2009, but we formed the impression that the village had re-invented itself and gone slightly upmarket. We've watched Tynemouth change from a relatively mundane place (well, any mundane place on a coast with an 11th century castle and priory). Tynemouth Front Street is now very tourist orientated and to a certain extent, so is Cockermouth. Then again, so is the entire Lake District.
|The River Cocker|
We saw a number of flood barriers that impressed Bill. I think it would be quite hard to trust that your home or business wouldn't flood again. I'd be inclined to put anything I valued on the upper floors!
I thought Cockermouth was a nice mix of history, charity shops, upscale gift and baby shops, an old and a new book store and a handful of antique shops. I could almost imagine us living there, but on reflection, I like where we are: a few miles out of Newcastle, on a hill, 25 feet above the River Tyne, which flows freely into the North Sea.