Bourne is a must for anyone interested in motor racing as this quiet south Lincolnshire market town is where it all began.
It’s where English Racing Automobiles (ERA) and British Racing Motors (BRM) were built, names synonymous with Sir Jackie Stewart and Graham Hill in the heyday of English Formula One. One floor of the town’s Heritage Centre - once Baldock’s Mill - is given over to motor racing heritage.
A settlement since Roman times, Bourne takes its name from the Anglo Saxon meaning water. Fresh water from St. Peter’s Pool and the Bourne Eau, which first attracted the Romans, flows out to the River Glen, passing Baldock’s Mill, Renowned for its waterways, open spaces, parks and woodland, the town, with its 71 listed buildings, is a pleasant backdrop to many independent traders, coffee shops and eateries.
Visitors can see the Bowthorpe Oak at nearby Manthorpe, an ancient hollow oak tree with massive girth as featured in the Guinness Book of Records and Domesday Book. Bourne Woods is another woodland delight, with miles of open access trails and a sculpture trail.
Nearby Grimsthorpe Castle offers state room collections, tapestries and paintings, plus three thousand acres of landscaped parkland, gardens, adventure playground, cycle trail and hire shop and attractive woodland with paths, trails and a picnic area.
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