Go on a journey across landscapes

Tate Britain’s Great British Walks takes us on a journey across landscapes that have seduced the nation’s favourite painters, from John Constable, William Powell Frith and J.M.W. Turner, to William Hogarth, Josef Herman and Alfred Wallis. The series, shown on Sky Arts, travels the length and breadth of Britain – from London’s backstreets and rural Suffolk, to the Scottish borders and the mining villages of South Wales. Rich in stories, gossip and hidden secrets about the landscapes once imagined by some of our greatest artists. 


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Cultural historian Gus Casely-Hayford  walks the landscapes of these paintings with Michael Sheen, Miriam Margolyes, Danny Baker, Cerys Matthews, Simon Callow and Richard E. Grant. Along the way they uncover the artists’ stories, re-discover their landscapes and shine a light on local people and places caught on canvas. 

The six part series will start on 2 May at 21.00 on Sky Arts and will be available to watch on Sky Catch Up TV.  All works featured in the series are on display at Tate Britain in the 500 years of British Art walkthrough.  

You can also go on your own Great British Walk using the downloadable maps below. 

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Go on a great British walk


JMW Turner 'Into the View' map

1.5 miles – 30 minutes walk
Difficulty level: Easy

Discover the subject of one of Turner's greatest masterpieces, Norham ...


JMW Turner 'The Sea and the Mistress' map

3 miles – 60 minutes walk
Difficulty level: Easy

Walk along the North Kent coastline and see the seascapes and ...


Alfred Wallis 'Boyhood Adventure' map

2 miles – 40 minutes walk
Difficulty level: Easy

Begin at Penzance train station


Alfred Wallis 'World' map

1 mile – 25 minutes walk
Difficulty level: Easy

Hop on the stunning coastal train from St Erth to St ...

Artworks in the Great British Walk