It’s all too easy when writing about public transport to report the less wonderful side so I am happy to give praise where it is due. Cumbria County Council and Stagecoach have been producing a glossy travel guide in A4 format that bundles together timetables for their area. Until recently, I had only ever encountered that which they produce for the summer and it is tightly focused on getting around the Lake District. Over the past weekend, i picked the winter equivalent and it seems to be even more comprehensive with services places outside the Lake District getting featured. Believe it or not, there’s more to Cumbrian hill country than the Lakeland fells with the Howgill fells and those around Shap coming to mind. There may be reduced frequencies and withdrawn services for the wintertime but both parties need a pat on the back for sharing what is available in such an accessible way.