Many people will have seen the pictures of the devastation caused by floods in Cockermouth this week (20th November 2009). Quite clearly the town centre will take some time to recover and, in the short term, many routes in and around the town are blocked as the clean up starts and the infrastructure is replaced.
That said, there are many parts of the town that are open for business and anyone who is planning to visit the area should not be put off.
May I suggest you check with any hotels you are booked with or any restaurants you plan to use.
If anyone has any particular concerns over weeks to come I will be happy to give you best advice from someone 'on the ground'.
Enjoy the Western Lakes. Open all year round!