The Peak District National Park will be the first to be filmed on Google Street View with a Google Trekker (pictured).
The new equipment enables imagery to be captured via a backpack allowing it to be taken into remote locations. It is an opportunity to bring the Peak District National Park to life through a virtual tour.
The Trekker is designed to capture 360 degree imagery in public locations, which the Street View car and trike can’t typically reach.
The Peak District’s traffic-free trails are ideal places to trial the Trekker. Some previous world-famous locations captured include the USA’s Grand Canyon, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and a few of the world’s highest peaks.
The Google Trekker is a 4ft, 42.5lb backpack, fitted with a 15-angle lens camera, which takes 360 degree pictures every 2.5 seconds. These are then added to Street View, available through Google Maps. The Trekker is being loaned to the national park authority, whose own staff are being trained to use it.
With more organisations all over the world borrowing the Trekker, armchair-explorers, travellers and history enthusiasts will soon be able view many remote and hard-to-reach places, which they may never have discovered on their own. Some of the locations to be captured in the Peak District include:
- The entire length of the national park’s traffic-free trails including the Tissington, High Peak, Monsal and Thornhill trails, which are ideal for walking or cycling with the family.
- The amazing panoramic views at Stanage Edge where Kiera Knightley daydreamed of Mr Darcy in the 2005 movie of Pride and Prejudice.
- The Derwent Valley, where the World War 2 Dambusters practiced their daring raid, and where the 1955 Dambusters movie was filmed.
Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, 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 that 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.”
Emily Clarke from Google added “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."
Picture: Peak District National Park Ranger with Google Trekker backpack on the Monsal Viaduct, Peak District.