Market Rasen is a charming market town situated on the western edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. Home to the county’s racecourse and historic cobbled market place, Market Rasen has a rich heritage that can be traced back to 1086, when it was first mentioned in the Domesday Book.
Historic Market Town
The famed market originally took place on Sundays but was moved to Tuesdays in the early 13th century. It is still a fundamental part of the town, with a wide assortment of goods on sale and a popular weekly auction.
In terms of shopping, the high street is home to over 50 independent businesses and shops. Take your pick from a variety of long-standing family-run retailers and traditional merchants including butchers, giftware and ironmongers. The town also has an impressive selection of restaurants and award-winning eateries for all tastes and budgets.
Scenic Walking Trails
Walking enthusiasts flock to Market Rasen to enjoy the many great routes and trails on offer just moments from the town centre. These routes cover a wide variety of terrains and cater to all ages and abilities. Some of our favourites include:
A Route With a View. Take your pick between two routes that start in Market Rasen and go towards Walesby. Both offer the opportunity to explore the picturesque All Saints’ Church and promise dramatic views across the Lincolnshire countryside.
Following Woods and Mills. These routes begin in Market Rasen and take walkers through fields and woods towards the Wolds. The longer trail goes high into the Wolds and offers wonderful views over Lincoln. This route also goes through the pretty village of Tealby.
Walks in the Woods. Starting in Market Rasen and heading through woodlands and fields towards Willingham Woods, this route showcases some of the best countryside in the area. On a clear day walkers will enjoy views of the Lincolnshire Wolds and the Claxby Radar Tower.
Rich Heritage and Sites of Interest
Market Rasen has a full history with many important landmarks and places of interest. These include the Old Police Station, which regularly hosts art and history exhibitions, and the Railway Station which houses a heritage centre with audio stories and display boards.
The nearby village of Tealby is another popular tourist attraction – home to the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire, the Kings Head Pub. Walesby is also nearby, home to All Saints ‘Ramblers’ Church – an iconic medieval church that overlooks the village on Viking Way and offers spectacular views across the surrounding countryside.
A happy place to live
Market Rasen lies within the district of West Lindsey, which has previously been named as the UK’s second happiest place to live. The late West Lindsey district councillor, Lewis Strange, credited this title to the quality of life enjoyed by residents.
‘It’s the quality of life, that we have room to breathe. It’s a very happy place to live, surrounded by lovely people and beautiful scenery.’
Photographs Copyright: LWCS, Nev Gurnhill, Derrick Furlong, Clifford Jukes.