Parks and open spaces maintained by Allerdale Borough Council
We manage and maintain a number of parks and open spaces across Allerdale. Find out more about each of these below:
Based in Cockermouth, Harris Park is a peaceful park with beautiful views across Cockermouth and the Lake District.
- children's playground
- tennis courts
- bowling green
- woodland walks
- riverside walks
It is possible to access the park from the town centre via the Cockermouth Greenway. The public footpath leading out of the park along the River Cocker provides walkers with a wonderful entry into the Lake District via the Vale of Lorton.
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Workington Hall Parklands is situated close to the town centre and includes the grounds of Workington Hall, Curwen Park and Mill Field.
In the upper park, attractions and facilities include:
- Workington Hall - the historic Grade I listed building and Scheduled Ancient Monument
- mature woodland with a network of paths and lots of wildlife
- a miniature railway
- a walled garden, formally the kitchen garden for Workington Hall
- the Curwen Centre (within the walled garden), currently unoccupied
- an historic carriage way and associated features such as the Cuckoo Arch
- a skate park at Horse Close
In the lower park, the floodplain of the river Derwent (Curwen Park; Mill Field) there are:
- attractive walks along the river Derwent and Mill Stream including a multi-user path (pedestrian and cycle track)
- the Yearl - a wear in the river Derwent at the eastern extremity of the park - a good site for watching the wildlife of the river
- open parkland and meadows with scattered mature trees Meadows
- osports pitches
- private houses including Curwen Lodge and Workington Hall Mill
Harrington Nature Reserve is one of two Local Nature Reserves (LNRs) in the Workington area, which is an area of land protected for its contribution towards wildlife, geology, education and public enjoyment.
The reservoir, or the ‘Rezzer’ as it is locally known, was originally constructed in 1863 to supply water for nearby iron works. Between the 1880s and 1930s it was used as a boating lake before being left to nature and it was declared an LNR in 1993.
The man-made reservoir itself forms a relatively small part of the reserve. The reserve also includes extensive willow scrub, two meadows and riverine woodland, and is very important for local wildlife.
A network of paths, steps and bridges, with seating and viewpoints located at various resting points, means the reserve can be explored and enjoyed by the local community.
For more information can be downloaded below:
Siddick Ponds is the second Local Nature Reserve (LNR) in the Workington area, which home to a wide range of wildlife and is a peaceful place for the public to explore in contrast to the busy town centre. It is also a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) due to the wide range of birdlife it supports. This includes one of the rarest breeding birds in Britain, the Bittern.
The Council manages and maintains the reserve, which has been entered into Higher Level Stewardship with Natural England, a 10-year agreement that enables funding to be drawn down for carrying out an annual management programme.
The Friends of Siddick Ponds have been integral to the successful management of the reserve in recent years and continue to provide invaluable input. The Workington Nature Partnership also works closely with the reserve, enabling weekly management visits and recruiting volunteers to help with various conservation tasks.
Other partners include ISS Facility Services, Natural England, Iggesund Paperboard, Groundwork North East & Cumbria and Sustrans.
Behind Dumail Park
There are a number of volunteering opportunities in our parks and open spaces. A series of community groups regularly hold conservation and clean-up initiatives to ensure they are well maintained. The groups include:
- Friends of Harrington Nature Reserve
- Friends of Siddick Ponds Nature Reserve
- Friends of Workington Hall Parklands
For details of these groups or for a range of other local volunteering opportunities, contact the Workington Nature Partnership.