Northumberland National Park on Google Street View

The Simonside Hills, near Rothbury, can now be viewed on Google Street View.
The Simonside Hills, near Rothbury, can now be viewed on Google Street View.

Virtual visitors are now able to view iconic spots in the Northumberland National Park.

A few months ago, volunteers used the Google Trekker device to capture footage in remote areas of the park.

Now, these images are live on Google Street View, allowing people across the globe to explore some of the area’s most stunning spots from the comfort of their own home.

Captured views include the Simonside Hills, Hadrian’s Wall and the Pennine Way.

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.”

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.”