As one of the most popular locations in the UK, the Lake District National Park offers plenty of things to do for visitors and those that live there. From enjoying the great outdoors to walking alongside the stunning Cumbrian coastline, the choices are endless. At Hanley Caravans Cumbria our site Violet Bank Caravan Park is located in Cockermouth, a stones throw away from the Lakes.
History of Cockermouth and the North Lakes
The ancient market town of Cockermouth is named after the river it sits alongside, the River Cocker. Around 8,000 people call this their home and it is now part of Cumbria and close to the Lake District. It was the Romans who first created homes here and it was used as a crucial fort close to Hadrian’s Wall.
Cockermouth has been a market town since 1221 when it was granted it’s status. There are plenty of places to visit here, including Wordsworth House and Garden, Cockermouth Castle, as well as Castlegate House Gallery.
Keswick and Derwentwater
Located in the North West of the Lake District National Park, the town of Keswick is one of the most popular places to go in Cumbria. There are plenty of shops to visit as well as a selection of pubs and restaurants offering local food to enjoy.
Derwentwater is a short walk from the town centre, with the Theatre by the Lake and Hope Park on your doorstep. The lake is one of the main bodies of water in the National Park and is around 3 miles in length.
The Lake District
Even though it might not be the first coastline you think of, Cumbria has some beautiful walks and coastal towns to explore. The West Cumbria Coast runs all the way from Barrow in Furness towards the Solway Firth.
The town of Silloth has been well known for it’s links to the fishing trade and today is still a popular location with visitors. It is only a short drive away from Violet Bank and here you can visit the Motorcycle Museum or the Silloth Green which was designed over 150 years ago.
Also, there is the Cumbria Coastal Way covering 180 miles of areas to walk with your family and pets.
Exploring The Outdoors
Whinlatter Forest is a short drive away from our holiday homes in Cumbria, providing the ideal space to make the most of the great outdoors. The Visitor Centre is full of information for those visiting and they will be able to provide you with any guidance you need.
The park itself is around 1000 ft above sea level and there are different levels of walks available. If you have children, then the 600 m long WildPlay trail is perfect. Along this path you’ll find climbing frames and other markers.
If you’re more adventurous, then mountain biking may be for you. You can also take part in orienteering.
PARK IN COCKERMOUTH
Violet Bank Caravan Park is situated to the south of Cockermouth and on the edge of the Lake District National Park. Our holiday homes have views over Lorton Valley as well as the Buttermere Fells, creating the perfect atmosphere to unwind in.
We have both lodges and static caravans for sale on different plots around the site. It is easy to get to by car and close to both the A66 and A595.