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Building surveyor The Lake District

The Lake District is an area covering the county of Cumbria. 1st Associated Surveyors carry out residential building and commercial building surveys in this county. Call us on free phone 0800 298 5424 to get advice from an Independent Surveyor.


A to Z Information on The Lake District

A: Adrenaline

There is a huge amount of different things to do in The Lake District such as zorbing, mountain biking, abseiling and horse riding. You can take part in a range of sports and activities by visiting the Adventure Hub and visitor centres.


B: Brockhole Visitor Centre

Brockhole Visitor Centre is a great place to visit with children as it has wonderful facilities including an adventure in the treetops, water sports, zip wire and indoor playing facilities.


C: Cycling

There are many Cycling Routes in The Lake District which cater for everyone where you can ride alongside beautiful lakes and mountains.


D: Dove Cottage

Dove Cottage is where William Wordsworth lived visitors can come and see the museum where they can view Wordsworth's poems and letters as well as having a guided tour around Dove Cottage.


E: Elizabethan Mansion

Levens Hall and Gardens is a great place to visit and see the decor with all its period furniture and English Patchwork. The Gardens date back to around 1694 and have great examples of Topiary.

Levens Hall and Gardens is a wonderful place to take a break when in The Lake District carrying out Residential Building Surveys in our role as Independent Surveyors.


F: Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre

The Farfield Mill Arts and Heritage Centre is a great place to see hand crafted products and the studios of artists. When visiting you can see a range of crafts people who are lacemakers, weaving looms and rag ruggers.


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G: Glass House

The Glass House Restaurant is a Grade II Listed Building which is located in The Lake District. The Glass House Restaurant serves locally sourced food and the glass frontage adds light and atmosphere to the Restaurant.

As Independent Surveyors we are frequently asked to conduct structural surveys and advise on Listed Buildings in The Lake District area.

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Listed Buildings and Character Properties


H: Herdwick Lamb

Herdwick Lambs are traditional in Cumbria taking longer to grow as The Lake District has diverse landscapes.


I: Independent Surveyors

If you are looking to move to The Lake District then we would recommend you have a building survey carried out by Independent Surveyors, such as ourselves at 1stAssociated.co.uk. We are independent because we are not affiliated to any banks or building societies and therefore can offer you an unbiased service, offering you an action required for any problems we may find and an approximate cost for any works.

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J: Just at Lakeside

There is an Aquarium which is just located off Lake Windermere where visitors can go to The Virtual Dive Bell where they can see a virtual voyage of hippos and crocodiles. There is also The Seashore Discovery where you can see the crabs, starfish and flatfish.


K: Kendal Museum

One Gallery in the Kendal Museum shows the history of The Lake District with displays which show an array of fossils and minerals. There are activities for children where they can see different fossils and identify animals. There is a second gallery which shows the range of habitats in Kendal.


L: Lakes

There are many Lakes where you can take part in water sports such as in Coniston which has the Coniston Boating Centre and Windermere. The Coniston Boating Centre offers the hiring of boats, canoes, a water walking ball and Kayaks.

As Independent Surveyors when in the area carrying out Residential and Commercial Building Surveys in The Lake District area we often stop to take in the fantastic sight of the many Lakes.

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Structural Survey


M: Many Camping Sites

There are a number of Camping Sites in The Lake District where you can camp with the nature in the beautiful scenery of The Lake District. You can camp and then take a lovely walk, swim, rock climb and many other things.


N: New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel

The New Dungeon Ghyll Hotel offers luxurious rooms with amazing views which look out onto The Lake District. The Hotel has a restaurant and Walker 's Bar which offers a great variety of food.



O: Open Water Swimming

In the summer the Lakes in The Lake District are a popular stop off for people wanting to cool down in Coniston, Ullswater or Windermere. There are a group of swimmers who are part of The Outdoor Swimming Society who organise swims each year.



P: Pencil Museum

The Pencil Museum is located in Keswick and has a range of activities on offer such as learning how a pencil is made, create your own pictures and take part in a trail.

As Independent Surveyors in the Keswick area we are frequently asked to carry out both residential structural building surveys and commercial building surveys.


Q: Quiet Castlerigg Stone Circle

Castlerigg is British stone circles which is situated in amazing scenery and is a great place to visit.


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R: Ruskin Museum

The Ruskin Museum was set up in 1901 and has two galleries which have various exhibits on show. The Ruskin Museum is a great place to visit to learn the history of John Ruskin.


S: Salmon and Sea Trout

There are fishing areas in The Lake District which allow Fishers to catch an array of fish such as Salmon and Sea Trout. There is a yearly event called the Cumbria Fishing Festival which brings families together where people can learn to fish during the whole week.


T: Troutbeck

17th Century Townend is a slate and stone house which is situated in Troutbeck where you walk through the house and see the books, kitchen, furniture and clothes.

As Independent Surveyors we are often asked to survey properties in The Lake District area and have also carried out many Specific Defect Reports, Expert Witness Reports and Dilapidations Surveys.


U: Unique Beatrix Potter Attraction

The World of Beatrix Potter Attraction brings to life the Tales written by Beatrix Potter and children can see Peter Rabbit, Jemima Puddle-duck and Mrs Tiggy-Winkle. At the end of your visit you can go to the Tea Rooms and have a magical adventure.


V: Vast Variety of Wildlife

The Wildlife in the Lake District is very diverse that it is a great place to visit and see the ranges of habitats such as freshwater, limestone, heaths and dunes.


W: Walking

There are many great places to walk in The Lake District where you can take in the beautiful scenery which ranges from lakes to mountains and dales. The Lake District scenery is a place that inspired many poets and Beatrix Potter to write her books.




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X: Xtreme Sports

There are a range of traditions that take place in The Lake District such as Fell Running where individuals will navigate their way through mountain terrains and non road routes.


Y: Yearly Events

There are many events that are held throughout the year in The Lake District such as the Lakeland Trails which take different paths each time where they can visit and take in the beautiful views.


Z : Zero Fee Admission to Honister Slate Mine

Entry to the Honister Slate Mine is free and there are a few tours available which are The Kimberly, The Edge and The Cathedral Tour. Visitors can learn about the history of the mine and go underground.


Famous people who have resided in The Lake District include:

Alfred Wainwright wrote many guided walks on The Lake District

Beatrix Potter lived in the Lake District for many years and it is said to be the place which inspired her to write her books.

John Peel (not the DJ) was born in The Lake District in a village called Caldbeck, and used to hunt over the large expanse of land. A famous ballard "D'ye ken John Peel" was written about him in the 18th Century.

John Ruskin lived in Coniston and helped with the conserving The Lake District.

Sir Hugh Walpole wrote about The Lake District which is where he lived for many years.

William Wordsworth was born in The Lake District who was well known for his poetry lived in many areas of The Lake District including Keswick.


Which National Trust Places of interest are in The Lake District

The 17th Century Beatrix Potter Gallery has an array of exhibitions which show the wonderful drawings and illustrations of Beatrix Potter. The Beatrix Potter Gallery which is located in The Lake District shows the different moments in Beatrix Potters life.

Bridge House is situated in Ambleside and is a popular place to visit whilst in The Lake District. Bridge House became of the first information centres for The National Trust and has interesting slate roof.

Force Crag Mine was formally used to mine lead and zinc in The Lake District. The National Trust restored the Force Crag Mines and people can visit and see the history of the Mines with a detailed tour.

The Yew Tree Farm can be seen in the film Miss Potter and it is a lovely 17th Century building with interesting ironwork.

Hardknott Roman Fort is near Ambleside and Coniston which are located in The Lake District.


Which English Heritage Places of interest are in The Lake District

Bow Bridge was primarily used as a packhorse route where they would travel over the stone 15th Century Bridge through Barrow-in-Furness .

Brougham Castle is open to the public where you will be able to take in the breath taking scenery of the Brougham Castle which is located near to the River Eamont.

Dating back to the 1200 Brough Castle has been restored by Lady Anne Clifford and is located on the grounds of a Roman Fort.

Carlisle Castle has been damaged many times and was repaired approximately in 1805. There is a Cumbria Military Museum , many exhibitions, gift shops and a guided tour which are all available in Carlisle Castle .

Birdoswald Roman Fort - Hadrian's Wall offers a great tea room where you can stop off and then see the remains of the Birdoswald Roman Fort.


How to get to The Lake District


Road links:

The Lake District benefits from great road links from the M6 via the A66, A590, A591, A66 and A595 for example.


Trains are available locally at Kendal, Staveley and Windermere. There is a West Coast mainline which travels through Oxenholme, Penrith and Carlisle with London and Glasgow and a direct train from Manchester .



The Lake District Building Surveyor

We survey buildings in the Lake District. Our independent surveyors are experienced and qualified and produce high quality surveys including Structural surveys, Building surveys and valuations on both residential and commercial properties. We use surveyors who are experienced with old properties, many having direct hands on experience of working on listed buildings. Equally we understand newer construction, it may look the same to the untrained eye but performs very differently and we would say is built to a price not a quality standard. We also survey buildings that have been altered and extended both with and without planning permission and building regulations. We solve and deal with building disputes and can also help you with your extension and alteration design work.

Home Surveyor in The Lake District

If you book a building survey in The Lake District with 1st Associated surveyors you will find that we take great pride in the quality of our building survey and produce a very detailed building survey report, whether it be for a residential property or a commercial property. We use plain English in our building surveys to explain any problems with the property to ensure that you understand the problems and how to resolve them.

1st Associated Building Surveyors cover the whole of the UK including all towns and villages in The Lake District for example:

In Cumbria in: Allonby, where there is a lovely sandy and shingle beach, Ambleside, where it is ideal for rock climbers, mountain bikers and walkers, Kendal, where you will find many grey limestone buildings and is a lovely place to carry out building surveys, Coniston, where you can take in the breath-taking scenery of mountain streams and waterfalls and Windermere with its stunning landscaped grounds is a great place to stop as a Surveyor.


Places of Interest Properties we have surveyed in this areaFacts about this area Types of property in this area




Building Surveyor The Lake District

Discover more about us and why an INDEPENDENT BUILDING SURVEY is so important

We are independent surveyors who carry out building surveys in The Lake District. We are independent of any lender or bank or mortgage company. When we are surveying a property we are working for you, not them. This means we are working towards your best interests. We want to ensure that your property investment is sound and that you are receiving value for money.

Residential Building Surveyors The Lake District

We are independent building surveyors that operate throughout the UK. As building surveyors we are often asked to work on not only a residential building survey but also a boundary walls dispute survey or or a specific defects survey if you have a problem with dampness or cracking in your property for example.

Commercial Building Surveyor The Lake District

We are also commercial building surveyors - still operating The Lake District, we can provide schedule of condition survey, property report, dilapidations report and a commercial building survey - our independent building surveyors have the skills and experience to save you money on your commercial building purchase.

Where to get a building survey

We have a wealth of experience in providing Building Surveys to make sure you are buying the right property and providing market Valuations to ensure that you are buying the property at the right price. If you have any particular property problems we can carry out a Specific Defects Report.


Call us today on free phone 0800 298 5424 to discuss the services we offer. We are more than happy to talk about what the Building Surveys involve, these are also sometimes known as Structural Surveys or Engineers Reports.



Whilst most of this is written from local knowledge of the area, here are some websites that we think may interest you in the The Lake District area, some of which we have used for information and we would like to give them credit for this. We are only human so if there are any amendments or additions or updates we would be pleased to receive your feedback so we can keep our website up to date.






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