Google opens up Yorks Wolds Way walk to the world

Published: Thursday 17th March 2016 by The News Editor

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Google is giving the rest of the world a sneak preview of the famous Yorkshire Wolds Way walk.

The tech giant is making the route and 14 other National Trails available on its Street View service, the BBC reports.

The first, the North Downs Way that links Farnham with Canterbury and Dover’s famous cliffs, has already gone live online.

Yorkshire Wolds Way, whose 79-mile (127km) route links Hull’s Hessle with Filey via picturesque places such as Brantingham, Pocklington and Wharram Percy, will soon follow.

One Yorkshire walking expert believes the move will attract even more trekkers to the route.

The trail is the only one to have taken away every stile to improve accessibility.

Volunteers and rangers will record all 2,500 miles of the Welsh and English trails, thanks to Google Trekker apparatus and a 15-lens backpack.

Halifax-based Walk Unlimited, the social enterprise which encourage more Britons to walk, is supervising the filming.

Official Anne Clarke said: “These routes are really special and when people see them online they can’t help but be inspired.

“I think sometimes people think places like the Yorkshire Wolds Way are long-distance trails and are too hard. If they can see it, it will make them think ‘actually, it’s beautiful, I’ll give it a go.'”

Yorkshire Wolds Way mapper Denis Atherton claims that it is challenging to carry the 50lb (23kg) camera equipment around, particularly under trees.

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Published: Thursday 17th March 2016 by The News Editor

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