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Google makes virtual Peak District trails

North Lees Image copyright Google
Image caption The locations captured include North Lees

The Peak District has become the first national park to have its trails and hard-to-reach locations captured on Google Street View.

The Peak District National Park Authority hopes more people will be inspired to visit the park after experiencing the landscape online.

National park volunteers recorded 360 degree images by using Google Trekker equipment - a backpack fitted with a cluster of 15 camera lenses.

Filming took place over the summer.

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Image caption The landscapes were captured using Google Trekker equipment

Jim Dixon, chief executive of the Peak District National Park, said: "It is our ambition that, by being on Google Street View, more people will enjoy the wonders of this protected and special landscape.

"Once people see it, I am sure they will be inspired to come and stay for a few days to explore first-hand what they have experienced online."

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Image caption The cameras visited locations the Street View car cannot reach, such as the Monsal Trail
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Image caption The Monsal Trail is along a former railway line

Google Street View previously only allowed people to view the Peak District from roads.

However, the Trekker equipment is designed to capture locations the Street View car and tricycle cannot reach.

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Image caption Highlights captured include the Tissington Trail
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Image caption The Tissington Trail is part of the National Cycle Network

It was deemed impractical to film "every inch" of the 555 sq mile (1,440 sq km) park, so highlights were selected.

These include North Lees, the Monsal Trail, Tissington Trail and High Peak Trail.

The Peak District became the UK's first national park in 1951, and Google said making it virtually accessible was in the park's "true pioneering spirit".

Previous locations captured by the Trekker technology include the Grand Canyon and the Taj Mahal.

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Image caption The High Peak Trail is also part of the National Cycle Network
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Image caption It follows a railway line which closed in the 1960s

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