I thought it was about time Urban Extension went “Interactive”. What the hell does that mean? I hear you cry. Well it means that I’ve been playing around with Google Maps (adding walks and photographs) and I’m about to unleash it on you. Sitting comfortably? I will explain…
Below is a Google satellite map showing an outline in blue of my favourite walk which starts very near to my house. It’s four miles long and includes some great countryside on the edge of Corfe Mullen in Dorset. Strangely, although it’s so near to the village (of 10,200 people) I hardly ever see another human… plenty of wildlife but no people.
If you click on any of the little blobby markers a box with a photo (taken from that point) will pop-up showing different views and wildlife (along with a description of what you are looking at). Once you click off the photo the box will disappear and you will be back to the map. If the “hand” icon appears you can click (and hold down) the mouse and move the map around.
To be honest it’s probably better to look at the map “full screen”, which you can do by clicking on the blue lettering below the map (on the left) which says “view larger map” – it makes everything a lot easier!
So have a play – you can’t break it promise! Zoom in and zoom out and up and down to your hearts content (using the + and – and arrow buttons top left of the map) and generally have a good snoop around the countryside that I love. Most of the photos were taken last Saturday but a few are from other months and years.
Let me know how you get on!