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Tissington trail put on Google Street View map

By Ashbourne News Telegraph  |  Posted: April 26, 2014

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THE Tissington Trail is to become one of the first public bridleways in the world to be featured on Google's popular Street View service.

Every lump, bump, plant and building on the trails managed by the Peak District National Park Authority will be photographed by a high-tech camera which will enable the web company's developers to create a photographic "map" of the routes.

People will then be able to take a virtual tour of the former railways and sample the scenery on offer before hitting the trails.

To help get the project off the ground, Google has lent the authority its backpack-mounted "Google Trekker" camera so its rangers can record images as they walk the trails.

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The national park's chief executive Jim Dixon said: "I am thrilled to know we are the first UK national park to get the Trekker backpack.

"It is amazing to think that, thanks to technology, many more people will be able to enjoy the outstanding natural beauty of the Peak District.

"The Trekker will help bring the Peak District to life online and hopefully inspire families to come and enjoy a walk or a cycle ride in the most beautiful landscapes."

As well as photographing the Tissington, High Peak, Monsal and Thornhill trails, the camera will also record panoramic views at Stanage Edge and the Derwent Valley.

So far the camera has only been used to photograph internationally renowned areas such as the USA's Grand Canyon, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and a few of the world's highest peaks. Google hopes that the Trekker camera device will enable "armchair-explorers" to view remote and hard-to-reach places they may never have discovered on their own.

Emily Clarke, from Google, said: "We're excited that the Peak District will be using the Street View Trekker so more of us can experience its famous trails and views from wherever we are."

Last week, to celebrate the national park's 63rd birthday, Google designed a Peak District doodle for its homepage at www.google. co.uk, which remained online throughout Thursday and will have been seen by millions.

Mr Dixon said: "I'm really excited that Google has chosen to reflect the Peak District National Park on their home page.

"The doodle has become an institution since the founders began to change the famous Google logo to reflect different stories.

"As the world now increasingly uses the Google search engine to go about its business, being selected to be a doodle is very prestigious."

Across the world, only a handful of national parks have been treated to a doodle, including Yosemite on its birthday and Mount Fuji when it achieved World Heritage Status.

The doodle featured the gritstone salt cellar from Derwent Edge and the Millstone symbol as a backdrop.

Mr Dixon said: "As we celebrate the achievements of the past 63 years, we can look forward to a future in which we remain at the forefront of what national parks are about, being renowned as an innovator and a very successful organisation."

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