Google Street View, the innovative internet road mapping service, has expanded its UK coverage to areas away from typical driving routes to include landmarks such as Stonehenge.

Street View allows web users to take a ‘virtual walk’ down roads and streets and now around historical landmarks using footage from an innovative 3-D camera, which has been mounted on a specialised off-road tricycle to reach more rugged areas.

Stonehenge was selected after an online poll revealed that the mysterious landmark was the preferred off-track destination not yet on a Google map service.

The scope of Street View has also been extended to include popular UK spots such as Loch Ness and the Angel of the North, but the increased coverage has already begun to cause controversy.

In the village of Broughton residents formed a human chain to prevent one of the camera’s from filming, claiming that the website encouraged voyeurism.

Google Street View has attracted a lot of criticism from interest groups concerned about privacy since going live in March this year.

Notable privacy complaints included images captured of people drinking, throwing up and purchasing pornography.

Google have, however, placed measures to guard against this and Street View only contains imagery that is already visible from public roads and features technology that blurs both faces and vehicle number plates.

Street View was first launched in May 2007 and is hugely popular worldwide with imagery available in the United States, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, France, Spain and Italy.