You will soon be able to scale Snowdon without having to leave your seat!

If you have stayed in our campsites in Towyn, or any of our other parks for that matter, and considered taking the trip to Snowdon to go hiking and take in the views but something has been holding you back, there is now some help at hand. It has been announced today, that, Google Street View has scaled the mountain and made recordings for seated-explorers to enjoy!Trekker: Google Street View Backpack Camera in use to capture Snowdonia.  A number of volunteers, all equipped with backpacks containing Google’s cameras walked around, as well as climbing the summit of Wales’ highest peak in order to obtain 360-degree panoramic images that have been shared. The captured images can now be viewed online, completing an awesome trio of visuals, that feature the highest peaks in England and Scotland, too. While these pictures are perfect for anyone who might not be able to make the trek to the top, Google has also said that the images could help walkers plan ahead for their treks, which would open up many possibilities for visitors. Laurian Clemence of Google UK was quoted as saying: “These areas of outstanding natural beauty in Wales, England and Scotland can be viewed by anyone who is planning a specific visit, or for those who are simply interested in learning more about each peak, from the terrain and landscape, to the vegetation and views,”. As well as walking a variety of routes to the summit of Snowdon, the team of Street View volunteers also hiked around the Snowdonia National park. While out on their rambling adventures, the volunteers collated images of popular beauty spots including Mawddach Trail, Cadair Idris, Cwm Idwal, and Lôn Gwyrfai. Liz Jenkins, Snowdonia National Park Authority’s geography information services officer, said the images meant “the special qualities of Snowdonia can be viewed by everyone in the world”. Many of you may have seen the Google cars and trikes out on the streets gathering the images that are then used in its Street View maps. But obviously this isn’t much help for putting together images of locations such as Snowdon, and therefore the company created the modified backpack, called a Trekker, to facilitate the project and capture the 360-degree images required. Snowdon now joins the likes of the Grand Canyon and the world’s tallest building, Burj Khalifa, in Dubai as well as a range of the UK’s canals and rivers, to be filmed using Google’s Trekker technology. Image: Eli Duke under Creative Commons.

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