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This article was published on August 16, 2013


The UK’s most iconic canals and rivers will soon be added to Google Street View

The UK’s most iconic canals and rivers will soon be added to Google Street View Image by: Oli Scarff
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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

Image Credit: Oli Scarff/Getty Images