Stay safe around water

Stay safe around water

We want to ensure visitors to Lee Valley stay safe during their visit so read our top tips on how to stay safe around water.

Rivers, lakes and other open water bodies can become tempting places to have fun and enjoy the environment. However, they can be extremely dangerous and we strongly advise that visitors do not play, jump or swim in any of the open water spaces and places around the park. Visitors are also advised to take care around the edges of water bodies.

Top tips for keeping safe around water in Lee Valley Regional Park:

  • Do read and take notice of warning signs. The information is there for your own personal safety.
  • Think about the hazards near to and at the waters edge, banks can be slippery when wet. If you fall in, it may be difficult to get out again.
  • Don’t go in to the water under any circumstances,
  • Don't go into the water to rescue wildlife or pets, as they are normally able to get themselves out.
  • Don’t take unnecessary risks in or around water bodies.
  • Supervise young children and help keep them safe by warning them against going in to water or playing near the water’s edge and know their whereabouts at all times.
  • Think twice about consuming alcohol in or around water bodies as it may seriously impair your ability and judgment.
  • Please keep your dogs on a lead when near water for their safety

Examples of safety signs:






To report any of the following:

  • unruly or dangerous behavior in and around frozen water
  • accidents, incidents or near misses
  • wildlife trapped on/in the ice                                            

Please call 01992 702 200 between 9:00 – 17:00
or 01992 639 561 between 17:00  – 9:00

In an emergency call 999
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