River Cocker, Cumbria

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Country United Kingdom
Source Crummock Water
 - location confluence with River Derwent

The River Cocker is a river in the Lake District in North West England, in the county of Cumbria. Its source is at the head of the Buttermere valley. It flows north through Buttermere and then Crummock Water, through Lorton Vale, to the town of Cockermouth, where it joins the River Derwent. It is roughly 12 miles long. The river takes its name from the Brythonic Celtic word kukrā, meaning 'the crooked one.'[1]

The river supports a range of wildlife; the predominant fish species include salmon, sea trout, brown trout, eels, minnows, sticklebacks and the Stone Loach.

Cocker Bridge, Cockermouth

The small river came to national prominence in the 2009 Great Britain and Ireland floods. The county of Cumbria was the hardest hit area during the floods, when the River Cocker and River Derwent both burst their banks, covering the town of Cockermouth in as much as 8 feet of water, causing extensive damage to: houses, shops, workplaces as well as Sandair, the home of Cockermouth Cricket Club.[2]

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  1. ^ Whaley, Diana (2006). A dictionary of Lake District place-names. Nottingham: English Place-Name Society. pp. lx,423 p.76. ISBN 0904889726. 
  2. ^ http://www.telegraph.co.uk/topics/weather/6612364/Cumbria-flooding-residents-disbelief-at-scale-of-floods.html

Coordinates: 54°39′54″N 3°21′57″W / 54.66500°N 3.36583°W / 54.66500; -3.36583