Frensham Ponds

Frensham Great Pond is a delight, one of two ponds, built in the Middle Ages to provide fish for the Bishop of Winchester’s estate. It’s the perfect place to picnic with its very own sandy beach and it’s easy to get here by Rail & Bus too.

Getting there…

Trains: Simply catch South Western Railway to Farnham ( 3.7 miles from the station).

Buses: Hop on Stagecoach Buses Route 19 (which goes from Farnham Station to Haslemere Station stopping opposite Frensham Pond).

What to do when you’re there…

The landscape is beautiful and vast here with the Great Pond nestled amongst the heathland. There are so many walking trails with far reaching views across Frensham Common. Around the pond you can spot many common and rare birds, such as reed bunting, sedge warbler and great crested grebe, as well as nightjars and woodlarks. There are damselflies and dragonflies darting over the glistening water in warmer months and the heathland is a colourful mosaic of purple heathers, fragrant bright yellow gorse and rich green bracken.

Fancy a walk…

There are lots of options for walks in this area we’d recommend….

  • The Farnham Heritage Trail is great for those that want to catch a train or bus to Farnham & do a short walk around the local area, discovering some interesting facts along the way.
  • The Frensham & Bourne Wood walk takes you on a remarkable 8 mile hike through the isolated pine-clad sandy hills of western Surrey.
  • The Devil’s Jumps, Sculpture Park and Heather 6 mile Trail. A most unusual walk incorporating lakes, wonderful views, a heather trail and art at the sculpture park.
  • The delightful Frensham Hops & Heather 10 kilometres (6 mile) walk takes you around the village of Frensham, through heathland and woodland.
Something to eat….

Farnham is a bustling market town with an abudance of great eateries from restaurants and public houses to cafe’s and cake shops. Click here to download the free Farnham Visitor Guide with lots of useful information about the area.

Frensham Ponds is well served with both the Great Pond having a snack bar and toilets and the Little Pond having a National Trust cafe. There’s plenty of picnic sites too!

Like our illustration of Frensham Great Pond? Why not buy it. We have 6 limited edtion prints for sale to celebrate 60 years of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. From each sale a donation is made to our Surrey Hills Trust Fund to help protect the Surrey Hills into the future.

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