The entire North Downs way has been walked with Google’s street camera equipment and will be the first long distance footpath to be covered this way. “We’re putting the best of the British countryside where it’s never been before – on Google maps,” said Peter Morris, the North Downs Way trail manager. From 17 March, when the North Downs Way goes live, the national trails will start appearing on Google Street View. The Cleveland Way will be next. This means that you will be able to follow the Way from your armchair!
My book, North Downs Landscapes, can back this up, providing very informative text, covering why the landscape looks as it does, history and local legends and snippets, and also lovely photographs that cover a wider area than just the Way footpaths. You could browse the book, find an area you like the look of and then go into Google Street view to see how the footpath looks. Alternatively, North Downs Landscapes will stimulate fond memories of the Downs at any time, especially having walked the trails.
My new book, Yorkshire Landscapes, will be published this summer and includes parts of the Cleveland Way as well.