From Cricket Fields to Green Lanes

This walk that starts from Market Rasen heading for Middle Rasen. Mainly along roads, bridleways and quiet lanes. Lovely views of the Lincolnshire Wolds can be seen on this walk.

Technical sheet
A Market Rasen walk posted on 26/07/19 by Lincolnshire Wolds. Update : 23/08/19
Calculated time Calculated time: 2h35[?]
Distance Distance : 5.54mi
Vertical gain Vertical gain : 26ft
Vertical drop Vertical drop : 26ft
Highest point Highest point : 108ft
Lowest point Lowest point : 66ft
Average Difficulty : Average
Back to starting point Back to starting point : Yes
Walking Walking
Location Location : Market Rasen
Starting point Starting point : N 53.386419° / W 0.337794°
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Description

(D/A) Leave the car park by the John Street entrance and turn right. At the end, cross the main road into the Market Place. Go into the churchyard and follow the path to the left of the church until you reach the road.

(1) Turn left, past the Festival Hall car park, over the bridge and left again down Rase Lane. Enter the sports ground and turn left. Follow the path around the edge of the field then on to the back of the industrial estate, always keeping the stream on your left.

(2) Turn right at the fence alongside the fenced compound. Cross the road and continue straight across to the main road, Gallamore Lane, emerging to the left of the Ambulance Station.

Turn left along Gallamore Lane, keeping to the grass verge, before carefully crossing over.

(3) After the left-hand bend, turn right along the footpath signposted Beck House. At Low Grange Farm, follow the path round the barn to the right and continue straight on.

(4) Turn left into Low Lane then immediately right at the waymarker. Cross the stream using the footbridge to the stile at the end of the field. Continue following the footpath across the fields and over the stile until you reach Skinners Lane.

Early in the 20th Century, the area between Low Lane and Skinners Lane was one of the sites of Market Rasen's race course.

(5) Turn left onto Skinners Lane and continue along the bridleway, ignoring the road as it turns left as Prospect Farm. Carry straight on along the bridleway to the corner and turn left.

(6) Keep straight on until you come to T junction. Turn left and walk on the road toward the church.

If you wish to visit West Rasen and its medieval packhorse bridge and 300 years old thatched village shop, there is a footpath beside the River Rase. To find this footpath turn right. Almost straight away you come to a bridge over the little river. Take the footpath that goes off to the right beside the river. Follow along the river bank to West Rasen and return along the same path. This will add 3 miles or 5km to your walk

(7) Turn right opposite the church, following Church Street round to the left and turning right at the next junction. This brings you to the crossroads on the main road where you need to take care in crossing before going straight ahead into Mill Lane.

Keep to the grass verge as you walk gently uphill along Mill Lane, passing the ruined mill on the left.

(8) Turn left at the waymarker, just before the brick farm buildings into Green Lane.

As you walk along this bridleway there are good views of the Lincolnshire Wolds on the horizon. On the left you should be able to see the Claxby Radar Tower and ahead on the right is the Belmont TV mast.

(9) The track bends to the left before emerging via South Lane onto the A631. Cross the main road, turn right and return to Market Rasen.(D/A)

Waypoints :
D/A : mi 0 - alt. mi 0 - John Street Car Park
1 : mi 0.12 - alt. mi 0.12 - Festival Hall
2 : mi 0.54 - alt. mi 0.54
3 : mi 0.9 - alt. mi 0.9
4 : mi 1.29 - alt. mi 1.29 - Low Lane
5 : mi 1.62 - alt. mi 1.62 - Skinners Lane
6 : mi 2.92 - alt. mi 2.92
7 : mi 3.17 - alt. mi 3.17 - Church Street
8 : mi 3.99 - alt. mi 3.99
9 : mi 4.55 - alt. mi 4.55
D/A : mi 5.54 - alt. mi 5.54 - John Street Car Park

Useful Information

Maps: OS Landranger 112 & 113, OS Pathfinder 730 & 747, OS Explorer 281 & 282

Parking: Car park in John Street, Market Rasen Map Ref: TF108 891 Post Code LN8 3HH

Terrain: Good footpaths and bridleways which can be very muddy at times. Some verge walking. All on level ground.

Refreshments: Cafes and pubs in Market Rasen and Middle Rasen.

Toilets: John Street, Market Rasen

Stiles: Numerous. Many are stockproof and therefore may be difficult for some dogs.

The Lincolnshire Wolds is a nationally important and cherished landscape. Most of it was designated as an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) in 1973. Covering an area of 558 square kilometres or 216 square miles, the AONB contains the highest ground in eastern England between Yorkshire and Kent, rising to over 150m along its western edge. Rolling chalk hills and areas of sandstone and clay underlie this attractive landscape.

The Lincolnshire Wolds has been inhabited since prehistoric times and the appearance of the countryside today has been greatly influenced by past and present agricultural practices.

A Countryside Service helps to protect and enhance the landscape through partnership projects with local landowners, farmers, parish councils, businesses and residents of the Wolds.

Office Address :
Lincolnshire Wolds Countryside Service
Navigation Warehouse
Riverhead Road
Louth
Lincs LN11 0DA

Phone: 01522 555780 Twitter: @LincsWoldsAONB

Hikideas and this author cannot be held responsible in the case of accidents or problems occuring on this walk.

During the walk or to do/see around

The River Rase flows from the Lincolnshire Wolds down through Market Rasen and Middle Rasen on to West Rasen, connecting all three settlements. The name Rasen comes from the old English work raesn, which means 'a plank'. Perhaps this refers to a plank bridge or planks laid across the River Rase or marshy ground.

Originally, Middle Rasen had two churches, St. Peter and St. Paul. In the mid 19th century, St Peter's was in ruins and St. Paul's in good repair, however, strangely, in 1860 St. Peter's was restored, largely with material from St. Paul, and St. Paul demolished. The remaining church is dedicated to both St. Peter and St. Paul. The church is well worth a visit, particularly as the south doorway is Norman and is one of the most impressive in Lincolnshire with three continuous bands of moulding.

Many of the trees found growing within the hedgerows in the area are oak. It was still common in the early 1900's for children to wear oak leaves on the 29th May. This was to remind them that Charles II sought refuge in an oak tree before returning the country to a Monarchy after the austere days of Cromwellian rule. At the time, oak trees were providing timber for the Naval ships for the war. From old records in the 18th century, the church bell could be heard on special days such as Oak Apple Day, the 29th May.

Lowland heathland is rarer than tropical rainforest, with the UK still having 20% of the world’s resource, despite the massive decline over the last 200 years. The heathland found in the northern half of historic Lincolnshire and the eastern edge of Nottinghamshire is even more special, having a wider variety of plants than typical southern heaths, as well as characteristic short-cropped grasslands, lichen-rich heath and sand dunes. This area, know as the Coversands, has gradually lost its important wildlife to farming, forestry and development.

The £1.5 million Coversands Tomorrow’s Heathland Heritage Project has worked to restore this precious habitat. Funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund, this 5 years project restored 700 hectares and re-created 250 hectares of this internationally important heathland. The project was not just about wildlife; it also developed strong community participation and school links by working with local organisations and Coversands partners whilst boosting the economic prosperity of the area through grazing projects.

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