Frensham Ponds

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Frensham Little Pond and Great Pond were originally created in the 13th century, to supply fish to the Bishop of Winchester and his court, whilst visiting Farnham Castle. Today the pond and surrounding area is a sanctuary for wildlife with always something new to see. Frensham is internationally important for the variety of rare and endangered wildlife that thrive on the heath and is a Site of Special Scientific Interest, a Special Protection Area and a Special Area of Conservation. The heathland is a colourful mosaic of purple heathers, fragrant bright yellow gorse and rich green bracken.


  • There are car parks at both ponds (The site and car park at Frensham Little Pond is managed by the National Trust). If the car park is full, the site is full so please come back another day.
  • No paddleboarding or inflatables are allowed at either site. Swimming is only allowed at the Great Pond, within the marked areas. No swimming is allowed at the Frensham Little Pond.
  • 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. Please note fishing is not permitted until 16 June on site.

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

The car park opens at 8am and closes at 9pm. Charges apply every day, apart from Christmas day. Please note that payment is via RingGo and card payment only.

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

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.

Farnham Station (4.5 miles)

Frensham Little Pond

Things to see & do

Frensham village shop


Rural Life Living Museum


Frensham Little Pond from the air