We’re very happy that people are able to share the joy of the Parkland Walk with their pets. It’s a wonderful British tradition and one we’d be sad to lose.
There are however a couple of things to bear in mind. The Parkland Walk is used by many, many thousands of people each year and it’s only fair that they should be able to so safely. So we’d ask all dog owners to consider the following:
- Please clean up after your dog. It isn’t fair to take the view that your dog’s doodoos are not a big issue. Faeces is a serious health issue. We’ve calculated that dogs account for about 300 journeys per day on the Muswell Hill section alone. That translates to potentially 100kg of dog poo per day. Not only is the presence of faeces extremely unpleasant it is also highly toxic. Please, don’t leave it for someone else to deal with.
- Currently dogs are allowed off the lead. If you know your dog is prone to occasional aggressive behaviour please keep it on a lead especially if it is liable to react to approaches by children. The Walk is busy and it’s easy for fractious situations to occur and get quickly out of hand.
- The Parkland Walk is a nature reserve. Please don’t encourage your dog to go into the depths of the site where they can defecate unseen and also disturb ground nesting birds and other animals.