New feature aims to encourage people to discover local waterways

Google Maps to include England and Wales waterway travel routes

Google Maps users will soon be able to plan a trip through the waterways of England and Wales.

Teaming up with the Canal and River Trust, the US search engine will be adding around 2,000 miles of canal and river paths to its mapping application.

"Canal towpaths offer green routes through our towns and cities, and by working with the Canal and River Trust we’re adding towpaths to Google Maps and encouraging people to discover their local waterway," commented Google UK’s geospatial technologist Ed Parsons.

Earlier this month, Google unveiled new additions to its mapping technology, which includes fly-over views and 3D rendering. Just a week later Apple announced that its latest mobile operating system, iOS 6, would no longer run Google Maps. Instead Apple has developed its own mapping app.

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