ABOUT SLIDESHOWS

There are two formats for viewing "slideshows" of selected Google 360 degree Panoramas.

Firstly, as seen above under "About Panoramas" we have selected 270 of the Panoramas and made them viewable by a Google Icon/Thumbnail on the individual maps. For even easier access to these Panos we have grouped the Thumbnails as 90 per frame (five walks) and you can Select these in Frame 2 and the Thumbs appear in Frame 3. Here is the Selection for the Central Area.

To continue with Walk 8 as an example, you can step through the 18 Panos (select in Frame 3 to appear in Frame 4) which are spaced about 500 yards apart to get a very good pictorial idea of the particulars of the walk, or you can "break-out" at any stage to examine an area in more detail.

Secondly, by using the SatNav route (see above) there is an option to examine "DETAILS" (rather than "Send directions to your phone"). Once selected the system steps through the same "turn by turn" instructions sent to your phone and in some cases shows you a small image (marked as Street View) from the Pano at the turn (5 in this case).

The image above shows the second of these instructions and this one reads (on the Left) "Slight left to stay on Cotswold Way" and a Blue Arrow is shown on the Map on the Right.

You can either keep stepping on the Left or click on the Street View Image to "break-out" to a split screen as shown below.

Now you can Select any Pano you wish along the Blue Dots or use the Arrows etc in the upper section to advance along the route or examine in more detail.

We all know that one can get to a similar "Split Screen" directly in Google Maps but please be warned of "the needle in the blue haystack" issue mentioned above that even if you can find a part of the Cotswold Way and are viewing a Pano in the upper part, the lower part will show ALL paths as the SAME blue line and the Streetviews will smother the Trekkers in most cases.

So the Blue Dots of the SatNav route provide a very good reason for including SatNav in an app to use at the Planning Stage, even if there is a problem with "coverage on the trail".