Virtual visitors welcome to view iconic spots in Northumberland National Park

Earlier this year, Northumberland National Park staff and volunteers worked with the Google Trekker project to capture images of some of Northumberland’s most iconic spots, including Hadrian’s Wall, the Pennine Way and many more. From today, visitors from all over the world now have the opportunity to see the National Park from the comfort of their own home!

Since 2007, Google Maps has captured and released imagery of the world for people to explore and enjoy on Street View. This technology has enabled people to see the stunning landscapes and vistas of the Grand Canyon, the Canadian Arctic and more via their computer and mobile devices — all you need is an internet connection. And from today Northumberland National Park is another of the must-virtually-visit destinations.

In January, Northumberland National Park was accepted as part of the Trekker Loan Program, allowing the National Park to use Google’s Trekker equipment to help collect views of remote and unique locations in Northumberland. Throughout the month of May, National Park volunteers and staff worked to capture stunning views of both Hadrian’s Wall and the Pennine Way. They also covered some of the Northumberland National Park Authority Rangers’ Favourite Walks including Hareshaw Linn and the Simonside Hills.

Northumberland National Park GIS Officer Ed Hudspeth said: “We are very excited to be able to share the Google Trekker imagery, which will give the viewer the next best thing to being out in the National Park for real. We worked closely with staff and volunteers to identify some of our most iconic and picturesque locations.”

Following several months of processing Google have now added the captured images to Street View in Google Maps as interactive 360° imagery that allows you to go on a self-guided tour of the landscape. This fabulous resource is freely available online for the world to enjoy.

Laurian Clemence at Google UK, said 'We are delighted to have worked with the Northumberland National Park to bring Hadrian's Wall and the surrounding rich, historical landscape to Street View. Now anyone can view this key part of our heritage using Google Maps, from the comfort of their homes or on the move.'

The imagery is currently being embedded on the Northumberland National Park Authority website to help illustrate walking trails and to let users explore habitats and conservation work.

Northumberland National Park Authority Chief Executive Tony Gates said: “We were thrilled to be able work in partnership with Google to allow more people than ever before the opportunity to enjoy the wonders of the Northumberland landscape. Thanks to this immerse online imagery you are now able to explore a section of the world famous Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site, the Pennine Way and many other beautiful locations where we offer ranger-led walks and events and activities for the whole family. It is our hope that this will encourage people to come and explore the National Park first-hand.”

An overview of the imagery can be found here –