Frensham Great Pond and Common

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

Facilities open

The car park, toilets and cafe at Frensham Great Pond are now 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, and you will be unlikely to park after 10am on sunny day, so please don't travel after this time during good weather. 

Please act responsibly and observe social distancing measures:

  • Keep a 2m distance from other visitors (1m+ distance after 4 July if it is not possible to keep a 2m distance)
  • Only visit with family members or up to six people from outside your household
  • 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.

Visiting Frensham Common and Ponds

(Nearest postcode: GU10 2QB)

  • 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.

Frensham Great Pond car park - please note car park charges are temporarily suspended.

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

  • Please note the car park opens at 8am and closes at 9pm
  • Frensham Great Pond is very popular in nice weather. 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 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.
  • Parking is free during the week. However, parking charges apply on Saturdays, Sundays and Bank Holidays from 9.30am-4pm (1 April to 30 September).
  • All vehicles - £4 - contactless payment available
  • 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.

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. Please do not swim outside the marked areas as it is prohibited.

map of frensham 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. Our bathing water profile, giving details of this monitoring can be found here.

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.

More about Frensham Great Pond and Common

For more information about the site and how we manage the site, please view our

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 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.

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Page owner: Harri Robinson. Last updated: 25/06/2020 16:38

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