This sounds a bit like Monty Python stuff that "started out well and went a little silly" and there could be some truth in that but we are dealing here with people who see "Social Interlacing" as rolling rounds of cheese down hills just a bit west from here, so all should be "understandable" hence the reference on my T-Shirt under Mossman Gorge above.
Indeed the word plonk comes from the behaviour of my brother (also a retired engineer) who cut the wheels off his perfectly good caravan and pasted it onto a punt, which all fits onto a boat trailer. As he explains, he can drive to any water body and "Plonk it in", so names it Plonk.
Here I take the analogy to the moon with Appolo and the Sea of Tranquility so a bit of juxtapositioning has numbered blue sea tabs on the various Walks just waiting for you to Plonk-a-Pano as Google is asking for the benefit of all, and to help Walk Unlimited in their quest, but presently buried:
The South Downs Way is appropriate as one of its rangers posted some nice info on the National Trails including:
"Did you know that total government spending on National Trails costs UK taxpayers only 3p per year, but that these same trails receive over 80 million day visits generating an estimated £500 million to the local economy. It’s also estimated that the health benefits from people using National Trails saves the NHS over £1 billion per year. These are staggering numbers, but most important of all is the feeling you get when you walk or ride along a trail in our beautiful countryside. That’s priceless."
Then they were the only ones to answer our emails about "where did the Cyborgs go?" and their answer reveals they are as much in the dark as us about the trails "remaining buried" under the Walk Unlimited regime.
"Thank you for contacting us. We managed to walk the entire South Downs Way with the Google Trekker equipment, however the were some technical issues which meant a large proportion of the imagery along the trail was compromised and therefore not useable for Google mapping. The equipment was sent back to Google to be fixed yet a replacement/new equipment has not been made available for us or the remaining National Trails to use as far as I am aware.
It would be great if we could finish the mapping exercise as it will a very useful resource for people to use and explore the trail. If there is any progress with this I’m sure there will be further media coverage."
Well fat chance Walk Unlimited would be detailing its failure to the media! - so let's hope this Social Exercise in Social Interlacing gets the whole promotion deal back on the tracks (pun intended).
Now we are far from being Ludites with maps and in fact spent a deal of time after watching the Griff Rhys Jones TV Doco Britain's Lost Routes - Pilgrims in which he follows the Maps of John Ogilby from the year 1675 from Holywell to St David's in Wales, to make an app similar to this one including, inter alia, Google Street View panoramas, with our maps agreeing within 2% with the maps from 1675.
Now Ms Clark's "Victorian" ordinance survey maps probably saved my life during my Vietnam conscription in the 1960s but IOHO are totally unsuitable for trying to promote and define a well marked path such as the South Downs Way, and probably why Goggle remained interested in the Pembrokeshire Coast Path crew who used Google Maps instead of Walk Unlimited, while pulling the plug on the South Downs Way. Of course we are not about to know the full story of the roadblock but as we say the path is now "sat nav clear" to properly promote "England's green and pleasant land".
But the clear message from Walk 9 is that the SOLUTION has already started and the main point of this app is to ORGANISE the pano taking evenly over the whole route at about one per mile to allow prospective walkers to pick and choose routes to suit them. The app already has many other features like maps, sat nav, elevations and flyovers to assist in that job so the panoramas can be seen as the icing on the cake, particularly in the format of the Slide Show, as explained above.