A damp day today in the middle of this very changeable month.
We opt for a town walk as part of the day's busy schedule,
but once we leave the tarmac the going-under-foot gets decidedly
soft and muddy.
Plenty of interest however as we meet the old railway line
at the start of the walk.
The main road into Cockermouth from the Loweswater
direction passes this innocuous brick wall
but the level nature of the road and the dip
afterwards are not natural features of this part of town.
We park on the over-wide roadside footpath and
head across to the blue sign and gate opposite.
Down below is the old Keswick to Cockermouth
(Penrith to Workington) railway track,
which has now been converted to "The Green
Way" footpath and cycle track.
We have in mind a shorter riverside walk, but
starting here on the old rail track in the upper part of town.
As a result when we do reach the River Cocker
we are in fact high above it
crossing on the high level railway viaduct with
Rubby Banks Road far below us.
Down river we can see the Lorton Road Bridge
and then the more distant views towards the town centre.
Looking upstream, albeit through the trees,
are the houses and old mills that line the river bank.
The arrow implies "You are here" !!
Looking at the old map above, to the left (ahead
as we were walking) is the site of the old Cockermouth railway
The red arrow and blue water are my photoshop
additions to a set of signboards that flank the pathway across
The trains first reached Cockermouth, coming
inland from the coast, in 1847.
It was eighteen years later that a connection
was made to Penrith via the Keswick Line, to provide a direct
for the heavy industry on the Cumbrian coast
with the main line railway system, especially those that connected
to the coalfields of County Durham.
Some old scenes from the Cockermouth area.
For train enthusiasts . . . the type of locos
seen over the life of the railway.
The current day legacy, some of the remaining
buildings and structures of the old Cockermouth railway.
[ The information boards were erected earlier
in 2022 in memory of Tom Hughes, a chairman of the Cockermouth
and District Civic Trust.]
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Loes and I crossed the bridge but soon took
a footpath down towards the river, close to the site of the
old Rubby Banks Mill.
There were two mill buildings in this area.
This may well have been one of them,
but I'm unsure of the heritage of what is now
a residential dwelling.
The ornamental garden sits beyond the remaining
part of the old Rubby Bank Mill that sat next to the river.
(If mills are your thing, check out the link
at the base of this page.)
We walk closer to the river as we take the track
through Harris Park . . . Dougal is delighted and samples the
On the outskirts of town is "Double Mills",
once a Youth Hostel, now a private house.
The name comes from the fact that there were
two mills in one, the second being a later addition to the original.
Loes and I walk the footpath down to "the
In fine weather there is a deep pool in the
river which is popular with the locals for swimming and a grass
area for picnics.
We retrace our steps to cross over the footbridge
that you can see in the picture.
has left the bridge and the leaves quite wet.
Not as wet as the fast
flowing River Cocker below.
We turned to follow the river upstream on a
rather slippery path to the fields.
We'd do a circuit of the first one and return
through the gate after enjoying the views.
There's a small set of rapids in the river alongside
and the islands would have formed part of the
weir for Double Mills, now seen here on the opposite side of
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Back to the bridge, but we took the track back
on this side of the river, through another local town
The late autumn colours on the beech trees
were a real delight.
I was careful not to venture too far from the path
for this photo
as there was nothing to stop me between here and the
if I had started to slide.
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This park has swings and various modern (grown-up)
For some reason there was no-one out keeping
fit . . . perhaps the weather has put them off !
Back to those familiar thick tubular posts that
characterise the railway footpath.
Re-tracing our steps now . . . looking down
on the old Tweed Mill / Atlas Works site.
The grey wall at the end is an old warehouse
but the main five story mill has been demolished and replaced
by modern housing.
The railway track, which possibly also used
to serve the mill, will lead us back up towards the Lorton Road
I think this is where we came in . . .
time to find the car up on the main road above and head for