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Cleveland Way National Trail to be captured on Google Street View Featured

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Soon, people worldwide will be able to take a virtual tour of the many remote and beautiful spots along one of the region’s long distance trails by viewing 360° Street View images online.

The North York Moors National Park Authority (NYMNPA) has begun capturing panoramic views along the length of the 109-mile Cleveland Way National Trail using a special camera mounted on a backpack as part of the Google Trekker Loan Program.

Members of a team led by Jonathan Steele, creator of the Hardmoors Ultrarunning Series which is based on the Cleveland Way, will take it in turns to don the backpack and spend the next month walking the complete route. The Cleveland Way stretches from Helmsley across the North York Moors to Saltburn-by-the-Sea before re-entering the National Park and then following the coastline down to Filey.

Along the way, images will capture picturesque villages in the North York Moors National Park including Staithes and Robin Hood’s Bay, as well as sights such as the archaeological remains of the former Peak Alum works at Ravenscar, which hark back to the days when the mineral was mined for use in dyeing and tanning leather.

The rolling moorland of the Cleveland Hills in their full glory with carpets of purple heather will be included in the project.

People will also be introduced to lesser-known and remote beauty spots such as Hayburn Wyke just south of Robin Hood’s Bay where a path through woodland leads down to a secluded cove and a waterfall tumbles straight onto the beach.

Malcolm Hodgson, National Trails Officer explains the importance of the project: “There are numerous spectacular and beautiful locations along the Cleveland Way and the Trekker allows us to showcase them to the world in the same way that people use Google Street View.

“It will mean that the Cleveland Way joins other landscape greats such as the Grand Canyon and the Yosemite National Park in the virtual world and will whet people’s appetite to come and visit, as well as try out sections of the trail.”

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