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.

Blue-green algae update

The big pond at Frensham Great Pond and Common is now safe for bathing.

The council has received an algal analysis report from the Environment Agency and based on the results showing safe levels of blue-green algae, can now allow people and their dogs to go back into the water.

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.

map of frensham pond

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

Frensham Common Management Plan

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

  • Registered Common

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Page owner: Harri Robinson. Last updated: 08/11/2018 10:19