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Calling all explorers! Brand new Google Trekker images open-up Norfolk Trails to virtual voyagers

14 March 2019

For the very first time Google Street View images, taken from the Google Trekker, launched today allow people to explore Norfolk’s National Trail through Street View's 360 degree images.

The entire 84 miles of the stunning Norfolk Coast Path was filmed with Google’s innovative backpack Trekker camera over the summer of 2018. Also captured in this unique way are long sections of the Peddars Way and all the 26 miles of the Marriott’s Way Norfolk Trail which reaches from the countryside right into the heart of Norwich.

To accompany the launch of the images on Google is a short video telling the story of the how the pictures were gathered. The film, made by a local videographer, showcases the route and range of landscapes found along the way, from saltmarshes and wide sandy beaches to rolling fields and picturesque market towns.

Cllr Martin Wilby, Chairman of Norfolk County Council’s Environment, Development and Transport Committee, said: “Opening-up these stunning walking routes for people to explore virtually is a first for the East of England. Allowing people to take a peek at the trails online is a great way for people to discover Norfolk, and I very much hope many people will come to visit our lovely county to see all that there is to offer.

“One thing that strikes many people is how accessible so many of the routes are. Norfolk has a reputation for being a bit flat but that combined with all our work to improve our gold standard Norfolk Trails means the routes are great places to visit that are open to all.”

Norfolk County Council’s Cycling and Walking Project Officer Drew Middleton oversaw the Google Trekker filming of the routes. He said: “There were a few challenges during this project – weather being one of them, although the rig is robust enough to survive a few knocks it isn’t completely waterproof and any moisture or rain drops on the camera lenses would create poor images, so unfortunately (or fortunately) we were only allowed to trek when it was dry and when the sun was shining.

“We also had to contend with a few low hanging branches which the rig could not fit under, so the team perfected a squat walk – which was very amusing to watch!”

To view the images, and video, visit: www.norfolk.gov.uk/trekkertrails

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