High levels of blue-green algae
Last updated: 31 July
Please be aware that due to high levels of blue-green algae, visitors and their dogs are advised to stay out of the big pond and follow the advice on signs at the site.
Visitors can still enjoy the site and its facilities, which remains open as usual.
Contact with water containing high levels of blue-green algae can cause illness in humans, including skin irritation. Swallowing the water or algal scum can cause vomiting, diarrhoea, fever, and pains in muscles or joints. The algae can be toxic to dogs so please keep them out of the water.
If you have been in contact with the water at the pond you should wash your hands well before eating, drinking or smoking. Shower as soon as you can after exiting the water. If you have any signs of skin rash, stomach pains or vomiting after being in the water please seek medical advice.
We will continue to monitor the levels of blue-green algae and will let you know as soon as it’s safe to enter the water at the big pond.
Thank you for your co-operation.
Frensham Great Pond and Common is a Green Flag Award winning site, situated between Farnham and Hindhead on either side of the A287.
Visiting Frensham Common and Ponds by car (nearest postcode GU10 2QB)
Frensham Ponds are very popular in the summer. The car park is usually full by noon so please arrive early and bring change to pay to avoid disappointment.
You can't park on the lanes that access Frensham Ponds, as these roads are designated as Rural Clearways and emergency vehicles need access at all times. Surrey Police issue penalty notices to vehicles parked on the clearway.
Frensham Great Pond car park
Address of main car park: Bacon Lane, Churt, Surrey GU10 2QB
- Please note the car park closes at 9pm
Parking is free during the week. However, parking charges apply on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9.30am-4.30pm (Easter until the end of September).
- All vehicles - £4 - please bring change, you can not pay for parking by card
- Blue Badge holders - no charge
- National Trust members (please show your card or current NT vehicle sticker) - no charge
Getting to Frensham Ponds and Common by bus
Public Transport: Stagecoach bus route no 19 from Farnham Station to Haslemere Station stopping opposite Frensham Pond (approximately hourly service). NB: Does not run Sundays.
Facilities at Frensham Ponds and Common
- There are car parks at both ponds (The site and car park at Frensham Little Pond is managed by the National Trust).
- Refreshments and toilets (including wheelchair accessible facilities) are also available at both ponds.
- Sailing on the Great Pond is only for members or the guests of Frensham Pond Sailing Club.
- Angling on both ponds is for members of Farnham Angling Society.
Beach at Frensham Great Pond
Enjoy the beach but please follow the rules for your safety and check the water quality before taking a dip.
Current bathing water quality at Frensham Great Pond
Water quality may change considerably between the 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. This information is collected by the Environment Agency.
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. If this happens during the bathing season, the bathing area will be closed.
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.
Although every effort is made to ensure your safety, swimming at Frensham Great Pond is at your own risk. Please follow these rules to stay safe:
- dogs are not allowed on the beaches at anytime
- barbeques and fires are not allowed
- inflatable boats and rings are not permitted anywhere on the pond.
The use of drones are not permitted anywhere on the Common, including around the ponds.
More about Frensham Great Pond and Common
The Frensham Common Management Plan has recently been updated and we welcome your comments. Email Site Ranger Darren Hill at firstname.lastname@example.org
Frensham Great Pond and Common covers roughly 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of attractive countryside and is owned by the National Trust, most of the land is managed by Waverley Borough Council.
The Common is made up of a large area of heathland, together with some coniferous and mixed woodland, and two large ponds, known as Frensham Great and Little Ponds, which were built in the Middle Ages to provide fish (especially carp) for the Bishop of Winchester's estate.
Frensham Common was once an important source of fuel (heather turfs and wood), animal bedding (bracken) and roofing materials (heather turfs), and provided rough grazing for livestock.
Today the site is valued for nature conservation and informal recreation. Heathland is an internationally rare habitat and the common supports a wealth of associated wildlife including sand lizards, Dartford warblers, nightjars, and unusual plants such as the insectivorous sundew.
The site includes dry heath, wet heath, open water, reedbeds, alder carr, pine woodland and mixed woodland. It is also a:
Special Protection Area (SPA)
Special Area of Conservation (SAC)
Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI)
Local Nature Reserve (LNR) - The Flashes
Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB)
Scheduled Ancient Monument (Kings Ridge Barrows)
Regionally Important Geological Site (RIG) - Stoney Jump
- For more information please contact Site Ranger: Darren Hill, 01483 523394 (at the weekend in the summer months phone 01252 792416) or email@example.com.
- Find out more about Frensham Little Pond on the National Trust website.
Page owner: Harri Robinson. Last updated: 31/07/2018 10:40