Britain’s canals and rivers will soon be available in Google Street View, after the Canal & River Trust announced that it had been selected as the first group to receive a Google Trekker on loan in the UK.

Spotted by Pocket Lint (via Tech Radar), the Trust will begin with the iconic Regent’s Canal in London, before spending a month walking along over 100 miles of beautiful waterside routes spread out across the UK. The Bingley Five Rise and the Grand Union Canal are but a couple of the locations that the Trust plans to cover.

Google Trekker is essentially a custom backpack, fitted with a 15-angle lens camera capable of shooting 360-degree pictures every 2.5 seconds. The walkers themselves don’t really have to do anything – the shots are pretty much automated, then joined and uploaded to Google Maps for all to see.

Google Trekker has been to some pretty spectacular places – many of which have now been documented with behind the scenes videos – and more coverage in the UK can only be of benefit to users.

➤ Google Trekker to capture our canals and rivers

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