The village runs along the old A617 road (now bypassed by a newer dual carriageway) close to the unforgiving course of the M1 motorway: Doe Lea is beside Junction 29.
Lower down, the river reaches an industrial landscape where in the past it became dangerously polluted, but here in the upper stream it is a young, barely sullied river. In 2005 the river and banks were given a makeover: a new path was laid down, about 30 new trees were planted. The work was carried out by The Doe Lea Valley Community Partnership, a group of volunteers from Doe Lea and surrounding areas. Work is still being carried out and is still being maintained by the group.
About the village
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- "Doe Lea". Natural England. http://www.lnr.naturalengland.org.uk/Special/lnr/lnr_details.asp?C=0&N=doe&ID=132. Retrieved 4 August 2013.
- "Map of Doe Lea". Natural England. http://magic.defra.gov.uk/MagicMap.aspx?startTopic=Designations&activelayer=lnrIndex&query=REF_CODE%3D%271008870%27. Retrieved 4 August 2013.