Free Walks in England
Burbage Common and Woods walk with (optional) pub lunch
The starting point for this walk is Woodgate Road, off Burbage Road, Burbage, Leicestershire, LE10 2TS. There is free parking in Woodgate Road, which is a short gravel lane leading up to a gated track. The walk is approx 6 miles, but it can be reduced to 3.5 miles by cutting out the detour to the pub.
1. Go through the turnstile a the end of Woodgate road and into the track to the first field. Follow the footpath across the first field. Cross the second field heading towards Burbage woods. Enter the woods and take the path to the left.
2. Continue along the path in the woods, keeping the fields to the left. At the turnstile at the end of the path, turn left and head to the farm in the far corner of the field. This is May's cafe where refreshments can be purchased. It is usually open 7 days a week.
3. On leaving the cafe, turn left and walk down the main farm track and through the farm gate. Turn left after the gate and walk under the railway bridge. After the bridge take the right turn into the next field and then turn left and follow the path through the nature field and past a small pond.
4. After this field you will come to a small car park and toilet block (which is normally closed and locked - please ask Hinckley and Bosworth Council why ! ) and onto a narrow country lane. At this point, if you turn right onto the lane and walk for about 1 mile, you will come to Station road, Elmsthorpe.
5. At the end of the lane, turn left onto Station Road and you will see the Wentworth Arms pub in front of you. Meals here are usually very good value, often with 2 for 1 deals on offer. Note that lunchtime opening is only 12.00 - 14.00.
6. Afterwards, reverse the route back along the lane, either taking the same route though the common and woods or it can be varied by following one of the various signed footpaths to take you back to May's farm / cafe and the route back to Woodgate Road.
I hope you enjoy the walk as much as we do. It's a walk we have completed on many occasions, usually having morning coffee at May's cafe, planning to arrive at the Wentworth Inn for 12.00 for lunch and, on occasions, afternoon tea at May's on the return walk.