Frensham Great Pond
Visiting Frensham Ponds by car
Please note Frensham Ponds are very popular in the summer. The car park is usually full by noon so please arrive early to avoid disappointment as you will not be able to park on the lanes that access Frensham Ponds as these roads are designated as Rural Clearways. See a map of the Rural Clearways at Frensham Ponds. Surrey Police will be issuing penalty notices to vehicles parked on the clearway.
Frensham Great Pond is part of Frensham Common.
You can usually swim in Frensham Great Pond in the summer, and it also has a sandy beach; however, naturally occurring blooms of blue-green algae can appear, which means that the pond will be closed to bathers.
Current bathing water quality at Frensham Great Pond
Frensham Pond water quality is checked by the Environment Agency on 20 occasions between between May and September every year. The results from the last sample are shown above.
The latest complete results are now available on the Environment Agency's website.
Water quality may change considerably between sampling date and the date of the results being posted, especially after heavy rainfall, as this can increase contamination with faecal bacteria from upstream areas.
In late summer in previous years, the water has suffered from high levels of blue-green algae, caused by the prevailing wind concentrating the algae in the bathing areas, which then become hazardous for users (see below). If this happens during the bathing season, the bathing area will be closed.
Blue-green algae at Frensham Great Pond
In certain conditions, blooms of blue-green algae may occur. If the amount in the water exceeds safety limits, the pond will be closed to bathers. This is for your own safety. Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause stomach upsets or more serious health problems. Contact with water containing high amounts of blue green algae can cause skin irritation. Do NOT ignore warning signs and do not be tempted to bathe or paddle under these conditions.
Beach at Frensham Great Pond
Enjoy the beach but please follow the rules for your safety.
Safety Rules at Frensham Great Pond
Although every effort is made to ensure your safety, swimming at Frensham Great Pond is at your own risk.
- dogs are not allowed on the beaches at anytime
- barbeques and fires are not allowed - £20 fine (NT Byelaw 3a)
- inflatable boats and rings are not permitted anywhere on the pond
- always tell someone you are going into the water
- supervise young children and all non-swimmers
- do not swim if you have any open cuts or grazes
- try not to go under or swallow the water
- be aware that there are no lifeguards employed here to supervise bathing and swimming
- always wash your hands before eating or drinking
- there are safety throw lines at each swimming area
- stay within your depth - the lines are set at approximately 1.4m depth
- windsurfing and canoeing are not permitted anywhere on the pond
- jet skis are not permitted anywhere on the pond.
For more information on Frensham Common, including public transport links, car park charges and opening times, please refer to the Frensham Common page.
Page owner: Nick Baxter. Last updated: 09/09/2013 13:19