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.

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

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-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.


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

Frensham Great Pond and Common is currently 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.

Water quality may change considerably between the sampling date and the date of the results being posted, especially after heavy rainfall. This information is collected by the Environment Agency.

In late summer 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 with a valid licence for more information about filming on our land please phone 01483 523394

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: 07/02/2019 12:33

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