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The Countryside Code in the Lee Valley

Like in most open spaces and national parks, we follow the Countryside Code. When visiting the park please, Respect, Protect and Enjoy 

Respect everyone
  • be considerate to those living in, working in and enjoying the countryside

  • leave gates and property as you find them

  • do not block access to gateways or driveways when parking

  • be nice, say hello, share the space

  • follow local signs and keep to marked paths unless wider access is available

Protect the natural environment
  • Take your litter home - leave no trace of your visit

  • Do not light fires or barbecues 

  • Do not enter any of our waterbodies - see more water safety advice here

  • Always keep dogs under control and in sight - see more doggy advice here

  • Dog poo - bag it and bin it - any public waste bin will do

  • Care for nature - do not cause damage or disturbance

Enjoy the outdoors
  • Check your route and local signage

  • Only swim in lifeguard venues - you can see a list here

  • Plan your adventure - know what to expect and what you can do

  • Enjoy your visit, have fun, make a memory!

Be a responsible dog owner

The park is a great place to exercise your dog but please be considerate of other users – that includes the wildlife!

  • Always keep dogs under close control and in sight, so they don’t disturb wildlife. Birds are particularly vulnerable to disturbance when nesting or in prolonged periods of cold weather.

  • Be confident that if you take them off the lead you can recall them if needed. There are some areas where dogs do need to be kept on a lead at all times, these will be clearly signposted.

  • Be cautious around open water due to the dangers it could hold. Read more here.

  • Give cattle plenty of space. Your dog should be on a short lead when passing them.

  • Give horse riders plenty of space. Place your dog on a short lead and listen for instructions from the rider.

  • Please read signage and abide by any restrictions displayed.

  • Nobody likes stepping in dog poo, as well as being unpleasant it can carry diseases to people, wildlife and livestock. Either dispose of your dog’s poo at home or use one of our many red dog bins.

  • Please respect the needs of other visitors. Many dogs are loveable and playful but other visitors may feel frightened, ambushed or uncomfortable.

  • Please be respectful towards our park staff and of their requests.


Thank you for respecting, protecting and enjoying the park. You can read more about the Countryside Code here

Doggy days out 

Take a trip away from your usual walk with our suggestions below:

Perfect park days for dogs!

Blog post

Get some inspiration for new days out with your four legged friends. 

The Artway Route 1

Walking route

Explore the different sculptures along this 5.5 mile walking route. 

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Tottenham Marshes

Open space

Let your pooches discover a new walk at the marshes.

Dog owner advice
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