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11th January 2017

Views of the Cleveland Way now online!

Anyone fancying a hike along the Cleveland Way through the stunning North York Moors National Park can now plan their route before setting off from the comfort of home as now the whole of the National Trail has been photographed and loaded online.

The work has taken several months as volunteers have taken 360 degrees of photographs along the entire one hundred and nine mile length of the Cleveland Way. The trail which runs from Filey northwards along the east coast of the country as far as Saltburn by the Sea before heading inland across the North York Moors National Park and finally finishing at Helmsley has some of the best scenery in the country.

With superb views, fishing villages, medieval castles, isolated coves and stunning countryside this trail has something for everybody whether they are hardened long distance walkers intent on completing the whole distance over a period of several days or a family looking for somewhere to get some fresh air and exercise for a couple of hours.

Using Google Street View from the National Trail website the trail can be accessed thanks to members of the Hardmoors ultra running team who completed the mapping of the route on behalf of the local national park authority. Using advanced camera and computer equipment supplied by the Google Tracker loan initiative the runners followed the trail for thirteen days to enable the whole panorama of the route to be digitally captured. The images were then edited together so that now computer users in their own homes can follow the route of the Cleveland Way in a virtual environment.

The nation trails officer of the North York Moors National Park, Malcolm Hodgson stated that the virtual route is a great help for walkers planning their routes and giving them an idea of the viewpoints and vistas they are likely to encounter. Views of some of the most popular tourist attractions are included online including Whitby and Rievaulx abbeys and the Wainstones in the north west of the park, a group of sandstone crags. It is also useful for local businesses as they are now able to give visitors information and directions by referring to the images online. The online tour also includes a relatively new part of the England Coast Path trail and includes views from Urra Moor, the highest point of the National Park.