"Always continue walking a lot and loving nature for that's the real way to understand art better and better" Vincent van Gogh

Vincent wrote about his walks to his brother Theo
If you want to try to put yourself in Van Gogh's shoes you could walk to the National Gallery from his lodgings at 87 Hackford Road, taking in many of the sights of Victorian London.

We know from his letters that Vincent van Gogh was a keen walker and he appreciated the space and freedom that walking gives to think, observe and explore.

When he was staying here he wrote to his brother:

"I walk here as much as I can....I enjoy the walk from home to the office and in the evening from the office back home. It takes about three-quarters of an hour."

Thanks very much to Suzy and George for researching and writing the notes below of Vincent's walk to work (click to enlarge) and for running occasional Secret Lambeth guided tours. This route passes close to the National Gallery where you can see several original Van Gogh works as well as some of the paintings he admired himself on his visits there.