A day at the races - and more. Market Rasen is a small bustling market town standing on the River Rase on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds and is surrounded by rich farmland. Although famous for the only racecourse in Lincolnshire there's more to Market Rasen.
It has had a market since the 1300s, its position on the river proving a commercial success. Nearby is Middle Rasen and West Rasen, the latter having a 3-arched packhorse bridge dating back to the 14th century. The village of Tealby, near Market Rasen is often described as 'the prettiest village in Lincolnshire'. The Oldest Thatched Pub in Lincolnshire, The King's Head, was built in 1367. Pop in for a pint and relax with the newspaper or book a three course meal and simply unwind.
One of the western gateways to the Wolds, Market Rasen once had an important tanning industry and became prosperous in Victorian times with the arrival of the railways. Now it is quiet roads, pleasant footpaths and beautiful countryside that attracts the visitors. There are all kinds of shops in the town and of course, the market still thrives on Tuesdays (auction), Fridays and Saturdays.
You've no need to leave this pleasant town - everything you need is here, from fresh local produce, clothes and gifts. But if you do venture out, pack the picnic and enjoy the many walks, cycle paths and country lanes in the surrounding area.Willingham Woods is a great place to start exploring with a selection of woodland walks and trails.And if you take in a race meeting - good luck!
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