Market Rasen is a small market town on the edge of the Lincolnshire Wolds. It is probably best known for its National Hunt Racecourse which holds meetings throughout the year. I have spent many a chilly Boxing Day there enjoying the racing and getting some fresh air after the excesses of Christmas Day! Another claim to fame is the fact that Bernie Taupin, who wrote most of Elton Johns songs, grew up here. in fact it is claimed that the song ” Saturday night’s alright for fighting” was inspired by his experiences in the local pubs and dance halls.
Not far from Market Rasen is Tealby , a lovely little village where you can start a walk which leads you through Walesby to Normanby -Le-Wold which is the highest village in Lincolnshire. We did this walk one hot August Bank holiday and were thrilled when we came across the award winning flock of Lincoln Longwool sheep at Risby. In a small wooden building next to the field of sheep is a honesty box shop full of sheep related products, cold drinks and locally made ice cream. Refreshed you can then carry on to Walesby where you can visit the Ramblers Church and admire the stained glass window depicting Jesus walking with ramblers and cyclists. Back in Tealby you can rest your weary legs and visit the oldest thatched pub in Lincolnshire, The Kings Head and have a well deserved drink and a meal. If you want to know more about this lovely area and the walk you can visit my website http://www.janekeightley.net where you can read an article I had published in Country Walking magazine about it.