Mr Broughton and the rest of the Mountain Goat team are all saddened to hear the news.
Mountain Goat are incredibly saddened to hear of the passing of our founder Chris Taylor.
Below are some words from Stephen Broughton, Managing Director/Owner of the company, and friend of Mr Taylor:
"Chris Taylor came back to the UK in 1970 after having spent time in Australia.
His parents were living in the Lake District and he searched for an idea.
Public transport was reducing in rural areas following de-regulation of public bus services.
He saw an opportunity and the Lake District Minibus Company was formed in April 1972.
A group of friends joined him as he test drove the route from Bowness to Glenridding.
"Heck! Chris," said one friend as the bus climbed the Struggle out of Ambleside.
“This is like riding a Mountain Goat!” By the end of the trip, the company was renamed.
The rest is history.
Chris created a Lake District modern icon and helped spread the marketing word round the world about unique attraction of the Lake District.
His younger brother, Patrick, joined in 1975 to help develop the business operation, and he was joined a few years later by his bride, Carol, in 1980 who took hold of Sales & Marketing.
He retired from the tourism business in 1993 and the new owners have carried on and maintained the tradition of special transport services, personal service, and a good measure of fun, satisfaction and enjoyment for both its team members and customers since then.
Myself and the other Mountain Goat owners, Sir Norman Stoller CBE and Peter Nattrass, remember Chris with great affection and are already looking forward to the 50th Anniversary of Mountain Goat in 2022."