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Frensham Great Pond

Frensham Great Pond and Common is a Green Flag Award winning site, situated between Farnham and Hindhead on either side of the A287.  The nearest postcode is GU10 2QB.

Frensham Great Pond is very popular in nice weather. The car park is usually full by 10am so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

It covers roughly 1,000 acres (400 hectares) of attractive countryside and is owned by the National Trust. We manage most of the land.

View of Frensham Common looking down on heathland and the pond

Facilities at Frensham Common and Ponds

  • 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.

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The car park, toilets and cafe at Frensham Great Pond are open but social distancing measures, in line with government guidance, should be observed.

Please be aware that the car park is incredibly busy at peak times.

Please act responsibly and observe social distancing measures:

  •     Keep a 2m distance from other visitors (1m+ distance  if it is not possible to keep a 2m distance wearing a face mask if possible). 
  •     Only visit with the people you live with, your support bubble or, if on your own, one person from another household (Children under 5, as well as disabled people dependent on round-the-clock care are not counted towards the limit on two people meeting outside).
  •     No BBQs or campfires
  •     Please either put litter in bins provided or take home with you
  •     Only swim in marked areas

Thank you for your co-operation.

Address of main car park: Bacon Lane, Churt, Surrey GU10 2QB

Opening times

The car park opens at 8am and closes at 9pm. Charges apply every day, apart from Christmas day.

Frensham Great Pond is very popular in nice weather. The car park is usually full by 10am so please arrive early to avoid disappointment.

Car park charges

Time Charge
up to 1 hour £1.50
up to 2 hours £3.00
up to 4 hours £4.00
All day (between 9am and 7pm) £6.00

RinGo car park details

Payment via RingGo, you can pay in advance via 01483 342266. Location number is 16258.

Don't park on the road

You can't park on the lanes that access Frensham Great Pond, 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.

Enjoy the beach but please follow the rules for your safety and check the water quality before taking a dip. Please do not swim outside the marked areas as it is prohibited. No dogs allowed on the beach or in the water.

image showing a plan of the beach, car park and ranger's office at Frensham Great Pond

Current bathing water quality at Frensham Great Pond

Frensham Great Pond is a registered bathing water and is monitored by the Environment Agency during the bathing season, between May and September. See water samples and more about the Bathing water quality for Frensham Great Pond on the Environment Agency website.

Our current water quality classification for 2020 is Excellent.

In summer months the water has previously been affected by high levels of blue-green algae which can be hazardous for users. If high levels of algae are found during the bathing season, the pond may 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.

Should you notice an abnormal build-up of algae at the pond, you can report this to the Environment Agency's Environment Incident Hotline on 0800 807060.

We usualy lead practical conservation tasks all year round with the help of the Waverley Countryside Volunteers.  

All current volunteering tasks are cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Find out more about Waverley Countryside Volunteers and how you cn get involved.

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.

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 woodland, and two large ponds, known as Frensham Great and Little Ponds, which were built in the Middle Ages to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester's estate.

The site is a SSSI (Site of Special Scientific Interest) and an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) and includes dry heath, wet heath, open water, reedbeds, alder carr and woodland. The 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.

Site management plan

For more information about the site and how we manage the site, you can request a copy of our site management plan.

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Contact us


For more information please call 01483 523394 during the week.

Over the weekends in the summer months, you can also call 01252 792416.


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