There are a number of ways into Willesley Wood: two points of access along Donisthorpe Road; five from Willesley Woodside, which forms the eastern boundary; also from Oakthorpe Colliery Picnic Site on Ashby Road; and from Pasture Lane, which is on the wood’s western boundary.
Around 8km (5 miles) of managed footpaths give access to all parts of Willesley. They are mostly mown grass and do sometimes become muddy in wet weather. Stick to the paths, especially if you have young children with you, as steep-sided drainage ditches flow into the lake from the east and the south-east.
An all-abilities footpath makes a small circuit of the western end of the wood. There are a number of benches along the way that offer good views of Thortit Lake. The path can be accessed from Oakthorpe Colliery Picnic Site.