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Street View – preview your walking destination

October 6, 2010

The recent addition of Street View to Google Maps for Ireland will serve as a very useful facility for walkers in Ireland as they plan their outings.

During my research for hiking the highest point in each county in Ireland I’ve often found that one of the key difficulties is finding the actual start point for a given walk. Descriptions of routes found online can be vague and there can be a disconnect between finding a place to park using grid reference points for OS maps and using online facilities like Google Maps.

Now with Street View you can check out your destination in advance and have a clear idea of where you are going and what the surrounding area looks like, thus cutting down on faffing around time as you drive about looking for the right spot.

To take two examples, the Priest’s Leap in West Cork is a good jumping-off point for tackling Knockboy, the highest point in the county. However, I’ve seen the drive to Priest’s leap described as ‘hair-raising’ and ‘not for the faint hearted’ which is hardly encouraging.

A look at Street View reveals that getting to Priest’s Leap will involve a long climb up a narrow grass-in-the-middle boreen, but it doesn’t look that bad.

I’m also planning to walk Benbaun or Binn Bhán in Galway’s Twelve Bens and have decided to approach from Glencorbet. Between advice on Mountainviews.ie and Street View I find that I can see precisely where I’ll park…I can also get an idea of what the Knockpasheemore ridge and general area looks like.

Where to park in Glencorbet for a hike up Benbaun in the Twelve Bens, Galway

I'll park just after the guy in the red coat. I assume he'll still be there.

So there you go. Street View offers a great way of taking a virtual tour around many of Ireland’s most scenic spots, as well as a means of previewing a walking destination.

I’ll let you know if my car makes it up to Priest’s Leap!

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. October 6, 2010 10:21 pm

    Great post. Hadn’t thought of using Street View in that way!!

    • October 8, 2010 9:22 am

      Thanks Paul, if the street view guys would only go up the hills we wouldn’t even have to bother with the walking 🙂

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