The Peak District is going to become the first National Park in the United Kingdom to be digitally captured by the new off-road version of Google Street View. The off-road camera is capable of capturing 360-degree images and making the into an interactive digital service.
This means that a selection of trails will be available for you to explore online, without having to leave your house, from the comfort of your very own chair.
Perhaps it may be possible for these captured images to be used as a navigational aid in the future, but hopefully no one will fully rely on Google Street to navigate in the hills.
For many people the countryside and mountains are special because they are an escape from modern day digital life and hold an feeling of escape. Does capturing this on a computer take away from the atmosphere of these remote environments?
So with the Peak District being first, where will be next? Perhaps one day we’ll have a Google Street view of the Mourne Mountains, or more than likely the Giants Causeway beforehand. What do you think of the mountains and hills being captured in this digital form? Let us know in the comments below.