Mark Richards with the Lakeland Fellranger bus

Mark Richards with the Lakeland Fellranger bus

A bus taking visitors into the heart of the Lake District now bears the name of a range of popular walking guidebooks.

The open-top Stagecoach vehicle running between Bowness-on-Windermere and Grasmere has been named the Lakeland Fellranger after the series of books produced by Cicerone author Mark Richards.

The author has long been an advocate of using Lakeland bus services and many of the walks in his guidebooks link up with the region’s bus routes.

The design on the 559-route bus showcases both the Cicerone books and the fells they describe.

Mr Richards said: “On a personal level, to have a bus named after my eight-part Lakeland Fellranger series is rather special.

“This tie-in with Cicerone brings into focus a symbiotic relationship these buses can and should have in the minds of active visitors and this amazing mountain landscape.”

There are currently six guides available, each covering a different area of the Lake District. A seventh, The Northern Fells, will be out later this year and Mr Richards is now working on the final book, The Near Eastern Fells, to complete the series in 2013.

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