~ About Frensham Great Pond ~
Frensham Great Pond is part of Frensham common (Surrey) which is located mid-way between Farnham and Hindhead on either side of the A287. Frensham common comprises of a large area of heathland and two large ponds known as Frensham Great and Frensham Little Ponds. Please note that I am reviewing Frensham Great pond. The great pond is popular with people enjoying swimming, sunbathing, fishing and sailing. The common is a quiet wildlife retreat and is reserved as a haven for the wildlife that lives there. Frensham Great pond has a sandy area which resembles a seaside resort. This area is quite large and children can dig and build sandcastles in this area. There are swimming areas which are marked off by buoys and following a recent test by the Environment Agency, they declared the water quality excellent. Water quality may change especially after heavy rainfall which can increase contamination with faecal bacteria from upstream areas. You can get to Frensham Pond by car and you can also catch the train to Frensham station. The back of the station actually backs onto the pond itself where you can join the path. ~ Frensham Great Pond ~
We drove to Frensham Pond from Farnborough which took approximately 15-20mins. There are spaces to park your car; how-ever the track which leads to the car park is very bumpy and un-even. There is only space for single cars so you may need to pull into the side in order to let other cars past. This is of course also dusty, so don't expect your car to be clean after parking here. The parking area is quite large with a few spaces shaded by the sun. Me and my boyfriend took something to eat and drink with us in the hope that we could find a nice spot to sit and enjoy the views. Before you set off on the trail to get to the Pond, there is a board which tells you the trail to and around the pond. We had only been walking for a short while we can to the picnic area, where there were tables which enabled you to sit and eat or rest a little. Although this area is high you can't really see much of the pond as it's very over-grown with trees and bushes. We continued to walk following a clear track. Along the way we saw cyclists and other walkers. The first area we came to had a wooden bit built in which you could stand on and view the whole pond. This was a little unstable and was again over-grown; how-ever it gave a lovely view of the pond. Another 5 minutes later we came to another wooded stand on the water. This area was more open and it was lovely to see the view of the pond and all the ducks and swans. This was quite picturesque when looking out onto the pond. As we made our way further around the pond, there are various different boards telling you about different wild-life which you may spot. This included butterflies and other insects and also animals such as birds and squirrels. These were quite interesting to read and me and my boyfriend were on the lookout for these different things. There are various small bridges in which you walk over which has a small running stream, the water is very clear and these areas are beautiful.