Alan Mitchell: A rare inland beach, very clear excellent water quality with special roped off areas for children to swim.
From the Farnham Community Website:
Four self guided walks, and a short wheelchair friendly route, start from the Ranger's office at the Great Pond, where there is also an information room. A limited programme of events is held over the summer In the summertime, many families use the shallow water to swim in and the beach is a great place for the children to try their hand at building sandcastles!
Possible Blue-green algae problems in high Summer. Please check before swimming.
Kate Rew: Frensham Great Pond is part of Frensham Common, a 1000 acre area of woodland and heathland owned by Waverley District Council. You can usually swim in Frensham Great Pond in the summer, in a roped off area. There is also a sandy beach making it very popular with families. The car park is usually full by noon (and you will not be able to park on the lanes that access Frensham Ponds as these roads are designated as Rural Clearways), so arrive early to avoid disappointment, or take public transport – there’s a bus from Farnham Station. It is close to bathers in the event of a bloom of blue-green algae. There’s a ranger on duty at weekends but no lifeguards. there are no lifeguards, so take care if you’re going swimming.
There have been some issues with swimmers going outside the designated area, leading to the following statement from Waverley Council: Waverley Borough Council: "Please bear in mind that the rest of the pond, outside the designated and marked swimming areas is out of bounds to swimmers. The pond is leased to anglers and sailors. Increasing numbers of complaints and threats to swimmers are being received at the Rangers office, especially towards triathlon type swimmers using the pond for training. This location is unsuitable for this style of swimming and is meant more as a recreational facility."